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Starting the newest year ... Polaroid SX-70
Old 01-01-2019   #1
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Starting the newest year ... Polaroid SX-70

I've started my annual "Picture Every So Often" album on Flickr with this photo I made using the original Polaroid SX-70 my uncle gave me back around 2010-2011.


Polaroid SX-70
Impossible Project Color SX-70 film
Exposure made in 2012.

I'll be shooting a lot of instant film this year, I suspect.

Happy New Year!

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Old 01-01-2019   #2
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I like that very much. More please!

PS Am I missing something with the RFF. As far as I see it doesn't provide a 'Likes' or 'Thanks' button, so common on other forums.
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Happy New Year Godfrey! Nice shot, that great stash of Polaroid Type 667 went South. It dried out even in the foil packs or maybe the chemicals hardened. So I'm out of the Polaroid business. Thanks for your 2012 image.
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A good way to start the year! Nice colors! Have a great year!
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PS: excellent idea, perhaps I'll shoot a couple of Polarids tonight
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Happy New Year Godfrey! Nice shot, that great stash of Polaroid Type 667 went South. It dried out even in the foil packs or maybe the chemicals hardened. So I'm out of the Polaroid business. Thanks for your 2012 image.
Thanks John!

Yeah, the last of the packs I got from you were dead a year or two ago. I'm now focused on mostly the SX-70 and 600 speed integral films that Polaroid Originals is making, and the SX-70. The cameras are practically eternal when not abused, and instant film is quirky enough without being ancient and inconsistent.

I do have a couple of Fujifilm Instax cameras, but they're just really no competition for the SX-70 ... what a brilliant camera it is! So far ahead of its time.

A Happy New Year back to you!

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Thanks also Robert and Ricoh!

Yes, Ricoh. There is no "Like" on RFF. You can find me on Instagram now as well as Flickr if you want use more modern social media tagging like that.

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The SX70 was one of my favorite cameras. I really liked the Polaroid palette. I haven't tried the new SX70 film. Initial reviews weren't encouraging.
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SX-70 is one of my favorites too. The Impossible/Polaroid films have gotten better lately. Not as good as the original yet, but improving.
Yes, nice shot Godfrey. Keep showing us your progress this year.
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I drifted away from my SX-70 and Polaroid Originals film this past year. While the film is light-years better than before, its variable quality can be maddening. I bought a Fuji Instax SQ6 in 2018 which has now become my main instant film camera. Hard to beat Instax print quality.

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I've drifted in and out of the use of the reborn SX-70 film. I never read reviews, I just experiment myself. The reason I would drift away was that the material was too inconsistent to be able to learn with and I'd become frustrated with it.

What I'm seeing now is that the PO film, while still amusingly quirky, has become learnably consistent. When I work the exposure correctly ... working within the limited dynamic range and restrictive latitude, etc ... it sings. I find myself not being frustrated, actually enjoying using it. It's not perfect still, but then even the original Polaroid SX-70 film was never perfect when I could shoot with that. (I've had SX-70 film cameras off and on since the late 1970s ...)

While the Instax film is very nice, it doesn't have quite the 'character' of the PO film, and the Instax cameras never have the feel of the SX-70s to me. MiNT's InstaKon RF70 is a very pleasing camera ... their SLR670 series are simply that much better. IMO of course.

It's somewhat important, more so than other film cameras, not to apply modern expectations to these things, for me. I take them for what they are, not what I think they ought to be. And like with everything film, for me, I enjoy it now because of its irregularities and inconsistencies because when I need technical brilliance and accuracy, I just grab one of my digital cameras and I have it.

That's my feeling about it. Might not apply to anyone else, but I know where I'm going when I pick one of my cameras to work with. And it's all good.

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Thanks for this welcome of 2019 with a Polaroid image. I should also get out my 250 and shoot some film.
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It's somewhat important, more so than other film cameras, not to apply modern expectations to these things, for me. I take them for what they are, not what I think they ought to be. And like with everything film, for me, I enjoy it now because of its irregularities and inconsistencies because when I need technical brilliance and accuracy, I just grab one of my digital cameras and I have it.

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Exactly my feeling, thanks for explaining it so clearly :-)
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Inspired by Godfrey I wanted to celebrate the new year shooting a with the SX-70!
It was already night, this is a handheld interior shot of my father's Paillard 8mm cinecamera. In the background a portrait of my wife. In the foreground Utopia sign...
Shot on Polaroid 600 B&W film, exposure time around 1 sec. I have a ND filter to use the 600 film on the SX 70

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Lovely, Robert! Keep going!

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