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Monday, October 1, 2012

Lomography Monday: polaroid spectra

polaroid spectra
polaroid spectra

This is our Polaroid Spectra. We found it in a thrift shop in Coeur D'Alene. The Spectra cameras were created in the early 1980s. Spectra film has a special image format: a rectangular 9.2 x 7.3cm (rather than 600 film's square format). It has 10 exposures per pack.

This is a very well made plastic camera. It is pretty big but it collapses into a smaller and flatter piece. I really like the handle on the side, which isn't common for Polaroid cameras (usually they have neck strap). The handle makes it easier to take self-portraits - it holds a camera in your hand any direction you point it. Spectra is my favorite Polaroid camera for taking self-portraits of Ben and myself together.

If you are looking for a Spectra camera I would recommend you a Polaroid Spectra System. It has a system control panel on the back and allows you to play with different shooting characteristics. Our camera is model 2 and it only allows us to make a picture darker or lighter. 

I found this Polaroid Spectra commercial from the 80s on Youtube, it explains how the camera works in details:

polaroid spectra
open polaroid spectra
back polaroid spectra
polaroid spectra

And here are our photos taken with Spectra. All of them have some orange mask I think it's because I used an expired pack of film. Not too bad anyways, I'm pretty happy with the results.

polaroid spectra


Chelsea said...

Wow, I haven't seen this in a long time. Love the photos!

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Heidi-and-Seek said...

Fun! I need to dig out my polaroids and see if they still work! I love the looks of these, just never know what to do with them.

Pony Chops said...

I love polaroid photos, they always seem more special!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, your blog is lovely, I'm now following :)
xx PC

Unknown said...

I love polaroids, lovely pictures :) xxx

Renée said...

I was JUST talking about polaroids. You're so lucky for finding a used one!! I went ahead and bought a fuji instax mini because they still make the film but I'm still pining over the classic polaroid. Awesome pictures too!

Lisamarie said...

I am new to your blog! You are such a cute girl! What are you doing in Moscow??? And so sweet you and your guy call each other "bun". That is what my sister and her husband call each other!

Some Korean Website Highjacker said...

hey Ben & Katie, thanks for visiting me - your blog is great!! my initial reaction goes something like this "wow, there's so much awesome diversity and loveliness here to behold. not to mention an abundance of fur friends!!" i have a whole new appreciation for mushrooms thanks to you & those rad snapshots. gotta love a good macro!

i really appreciate your penchant for polaroid too! you two are really so adorable on all levels, thanks again for your comment. glad to be a new follower! um, and Uno is large and in charge.....love his style and incredibly looooong torso ;) ♥

Matthew Spade said...

never actually seen one of these, the video is quite dramatic. all your snaps seem to come out really well.

Simply Evani said...

Hi! Found you over at the treasure tromp and I loved seeing an old school polaroid! That orange glow is really cool and something we totally try to achieve by using filters nowadays anyways. I'm glad I stopped by!


teresweetstyle said...

great post honey, i really love the photos :P


Katherine said...

i feel like you guys could / should own a really cool camera muesuem. i want a tour of all these things and to play with them and see them in use - i love all these photos and so much because i kind of already feel like that is happening when i read these posts

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails

Adrian said...

Polaroids are so much fun, aren't they?? I have a few, but the film is so expensive. Where did you find film?

Anonymous said...

Your photos turned out great. I have two polaroids. One works + one doesn't. I'm almost out of film though :( ♥Lindsay

Lovely Serendipity said...

I've always wanted to purchase a polaroid camera! Yours looks really awesome :) Hope I can get one for myself someday! xx

- Gia @ Lovely Serendipity

Jessica.Anahi said...

OMG I am sooo jealous! I wish I had one of those! They are super cool :) Love the pics btw!

Xoxo Jessica

Excited to be your newest follower (found you through followers to friends blog hop!)

Patty said...

I love the feel of these photographs! You have quite the knack!

Lena said...

Gosh, how I love polaroids. The orange hue makes for so much character. It's so awesome!

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