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Monday, September 24, 2012

Lomography Monday: polaroid sx-70

Polaroid SX-70 model 2
Polaroid SX-70 in its case with accessories

Let me introduce you to our Polaroid SX-70 Land camera. We found it in a thrift shop in Spokane and I consider it one of our best treasures. I also want to find model 1 - it has a chrome body and tan leather cover. Ours is model 2. 

The Polaroid SX-70 is a folding single lens reflex (SLR) camera which was produced from 1972 to 1981. It folds down to be slim enough to carry in any bag or even a pocket! This camera doesn't require separate batteries, there's a disposable battery in every pack of film. SX-70 uses integral film at ISO 100. The original film for this camera is Polaroid "Time Zero." I found a pack on ebay and won it, but it didn't produce any photos - it had been expired for too long ago. It's safer (although more expensive) to go with the Impossible Project film like PX 70 and PX 100

This camera is really sensitive to lighting conditions. If you are shooting indoors your pictures might be blurry, and if it's very sunny the photos might be overexposed. The best condition for this camera is outdoor light on a cloudy day. You can adjust the exposure by rolling the black and white dial on the front of the camera. To lighten the resulting image, turn the roller toward white, to darken it, turn the roller toward black. At first we thought that "dark" meant that the scene was dark and "light" that it was too sunny.  With trial and error we figured this out. 

Front view of the Polaroid SX-70
The Polaroid SX-70 collapsed
Polaroid SX-70 model 2, light and easy to use
Polaroid SX-70 model 2, plastic body

Here are the pictures that we took with the Polaroid SX-70.  The camera also allows you to focus manually. You look into the viewfinder and move the focusing wheel till you are satisfied with what you see. So in our pictures (although they didn't expose perfectly), you can see where it goes out of focus. We used PX 100 Silver Shade Cool. Once again my scanner was left in Russia, so these are just photos of the Polaroids. 

Sample photos taken with Polaroid SX-70 and Impossible Project film
Sample photos taken with Polaroid SX-70 and Impossible Project black and white film


daphne- said...

What a neat camera! I love the design and those photos are AMAZING! I need to get myself a polaroid! I'm going to look for this cam, especially now I know that I can also use Impossible Project film for it. :)

Applewood Road said...

Awesome post! This is such a legendary thrift store find and the photos that it takes are so unique, they're seriously works of art!


Kristin said...

Wow what a beautiful camera. I am really glad you shared this beauty. Also that bag is amazing!

Katia said...

Love the effect on the photos actually - very cool! I love how compact this camera is, it looks so sleek and awesome!


Harri Davison said...

Ah i'd love one of these, I love the effect they give, brilliant post!

Unknown said...

LOVE this. I would love such a beautiful camera

Unknown said...

Beautiful! You have got so much great equipment. And your photos are always amazing.

Matthew Spade said...

seriously good results. maybe you could take some polaroid pics of polaroid pics

Katherine said...

i love all of your cameras! goodness. it makes me want to break out all my film stuff

<3 katherine
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