Lo-Fi Photography

The Start of Something – Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1

Posted in Gear by Ray on 11.01.2009

This is a Polaroid SX-70 and is the camera that started my Polaroid obsession. I love the retro faux leather and plated metal finish, it reeks of ’70s coolness.

Transformer-like, it pops open from a flat brick of faux leather to a single lens reflex camera, complete with glass element, manual focus, and exposure compensation.

Iconic good looks. This is the Cadillac of Polaroid integral film cameras, back when that would have been a compliment.

Here’s the business end with the view finder.

The camera uses integral film, which is what people associate with Polaroid. The camera ejects the film accompanied by the whirl of mechanical noises. Then an image slowly materializes like magic. Incidentally, waving the film around doesn’t do anything except make you look foolish.

This is from my first day with the camera back in 2002. I miss using Time-Zero film which was discontinued in 2005. Now I’m using 600 film with a neutral density filter. But even that’s discontinued. However, the Impossible Project based out of the Netherlands have bought Polaroid production equipment and have vowed to bring back integral film in 2010.

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  1. Richard Nesbit said, on 01.31.2010 at 1:35 am

    My parents had & I believe still have the Polaroid SX-70. I really dig your purist approach to photography.

  2. Madeline des Contes said, on 07.08.2010 at 3:53 am

    You must to come to Paris. You will find many markets with cameras and films for your SX 70.


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