I really wish I had some Barbies lying around so I could have used to shoot with this camera, but alas they at home at my parents in a box, and I have no reason to actually own any at this point in my life. The Barbie camera itself though needs no justification to own. It is in all reality just a different colored Onestep 600 Polaroid.
So if you have been reading my blog for some amount of time then you know that Fujifilm discontinued making it’s pull apart earlier this year in February. Making thousand of vintage cameras obsolete and into large paper weights 🙁 You can read more about my at the below linked post
There was a petition and letters sent to Fujifilm to no avail. But a company called New55 started a Kickstarter to essentially bring back the film and that is what this post is all about. I know this is last minute, but time ran away from me and I was not able to post sooner. I just wanted to briefly recommend contributing to their campaign to try to keep peel apart film alive and save millions of cameras. The film they are currently developing is 4×5 peel apart that can be used with Polaroid 545 backs.
Okay so I am writing this article solely based on my own experiences with the Spectra System Camera. In my opinion I think that it is the best choice if you are in the market for a moderately priced Polaroid. I don’t think that is can compete with Polaroid SLR cameras, but I think it is a close second choice. If you only want to spend about 30 bucks then the Spectra System is the best bang for your buck.
Oh the SX-70 OneStep Polaroid. The one with the rainbow strip down the front to be more specific. It’s iconic and if you are from the younger generation it might seem familiar because the Instagram main icon has taken some inspiration from it. This is the first of the box non-folding SX-70 cameras that were made as a cheaper alternative to the folding SX-70’s. The camera was first manufactured in 1977 and had many iterations until the mid eighties.
So the past few days have been kinda sad in that I heard that Fujifilm has decided to discontinue its FP-100C Peel Apart Color Film. It is the last peel apart film that it is still being produced, as the black and white version was discontinued a few yeas ago. This is going to cause a huge number of great cameras to become obsolete such as Colorpacks, the 100-400 series, Mini Portraits and Andy’s Warhol’s favored Polaroid Big Shot 🙁
This is a somewhat rare camera in that it was a 50th Anniversary Edition Polaroid and it’s an awesome GOLD color! It actually is modeled exactly like an LMS SUN 600 camera, which is much more common. As it claims right on the camera itself, it was released for Polaroid’s 50th Anniversary which was in 1987. I believe there has also been a Sonar 660 version.
I have had my SX-70 camera for a few years and I really love it. This review is on my own very early version of the original Polaroid SX-70. It is the first single lens reflex or SLR instant camera that was manufactured by Polaroid starting in 1972. Many variations were made and eventually Polaroid produced cheaper non-folding plastic box instant cameras that also used the SX-70 integral film.
In my infinite search for the perfect camera bag for finicky Impossible Project Film and various Polaroid cameras I think that I have found the perfect one. This is The Cooler Camera Bag that is manufactured by Polar Outdoor Stuff in Portland, Oregon. It is essentially a cooler and camera bag in one and comes with a removable insert with adjustable compartments. You can take out the insert and use the bag to carry around a six pack or other beverages.