The Color Protection Film is some of the latest and greatest film that The Impossible Project has made. It is amazing that we no longer have to shield the Polaroid from light once it has come out of the camera. Although their film is still in its early development stages and I glad that they have been able to progress so far in this amount of time. As of right now the Color Protection film only comes in color, but it is currently being made for 600, SX-70 and Spectra model cameras. You no longer have to shield it from light and it develops in about 40 minutes.
The blue Polaroid 600 camera with yellow accents is one of the more modern version of the 6oo Polaroid cameras. It was made in the late 90’s to early 00’s. It has a plastic body that is a midnight blue in color with bright caution yellow accents in the shutter, “close-up” lens knob, and light management slider. This camera can sometimes be found in stock in my Etsy Shop or you can also find them on Ebay and in thrift shops. Since they are somewhat “newer” than a lot of other Polaroid Cameras they tend to be in good shape. The main problem that I tend to see when I get these types of cameras are stuck shutter buttons and broken straps, so check that out first if you are able.
The Color Pack II is a in the family of rigid plastic body cameras that were made as cheaper version than the Polaroid 100-400 series cameras that had folding bellows. This camera was first produced by Polaroid in 1969 and was discontinued in 1972. The original cost was right under $30 making it very affordable for the everyday consumer market. You can find these cameras relatively cheap online and in thrift or vintage shops today. They are somewhat old so their shape is always questionable.
Some of the first things to look for in a Polaroid Colorpack II Camera is if there is any corrosion in the battery compartment, which you can check by opening up the camera from the back. There is a metal latch that you can pop up that lets you open it up. Small amounts of corrosion may be cleanable, but I have seen batteries that explode or leak and then corrode entirely making them impossible to even take out of the camera from the holder. I would definitely pass on these if you see this is the case, they are unusable. Since Colorpack II’s are also almost entirely made out of plastic I would stay away from ones that are cracked or chipped. Any small bump or fall can then cause the entire camera to come apart.
The Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens is a fun accessories to have as it lets your take some nice somewhat macro photos. It generally comes in a nice nylon bag with foam inside to help protect it. The lens itself simply clicks on to the front of the camera. This version is black and says Polaroid F112 on the front. I am happy to say that I have 2 in excellent condition that still have the original box and manual with them and I am happy to share my experience with them.
The Lens easily clips on to most Spectra / Image Polaroid Cameras. The small tab at the top of the close-up lens fits into a grove above actual lens of the camera. You just simply slip it in and then bring it down into place. The front of the Close-Up lens has a rubber grasp that acts as a measuring tape. You essentially extend it out as far as it goes and you place the object that you are taking a picture of at that distance. This should tell you that you are about 10 inches from the Lens and should be in focus. Once you have extended the tape and know your distance you can let the rubber grasp go and it will automatically rewind back into the Lens.
I would suggest having the camera on a tripod or on a steady surface so that you don’t lose your place, otherwise your picture may come out blurry due to both placement and movement of the camera itself.
The close-up lens can then easily be taken off again by pulling on the bottom tab and lifting it away from the camera. Below are some examples of the some of the Polaroids I was able to take using the lens.
Typewriter with overexposure
Flowers from my Sweetie!
I personally love the lens and its ability to give the Spectra a chance to take more interesting shots that you otherwise wouldn’t have. If you need more information I have also uploaded the manual. Please feel free to take a review of it at the below link.
Check out this treasury curated by fiona zakka on Etsy. It features one of my vintage cameras called The Colorpack II which takes pack film and produces amazing pictures. You can find it for sale here.
Since I first started working with Polaroids and their films I have been collecting a large amount of Polaroid pictures. They consist of everyday items around my apartment if I am doing work late at night and have no other items to really take pictures of at 1 am, as well as some nice ones of friends, family and scenic views in different locations. They were starting to pile up in a small silver box that I especially bought for them, but they soon where over flowing and I couldn’t shut it properly. I finally decided that I had enough good ones to start a Polaroid Wall.
My first start was a trial and error in location and trying to find the right adhesive to use to keep the Polaroids in place. Below you can see one of my failed attempts taken with a Polaroid camera. So basically a Polaroid of Polaroids, pretty awesome, minus the fact that half of them had fallen off.
So I work alot with Impossible Project Film and their last batch has been fantastic. As you can see in all the Polaroids the colors are amazing minus the fact that they all had a row of white spots going across them. I was out picking apples that day with a friend that had come into Texas so I wanted to use my whole box of film in the nice sunny fall weather. I was so sad when they pictures started to come out with dots since I really hadn’t dealt with it before. I was busy picking the apples and enjoying myself so I didn’t look into it too much and just kept snapping photos.
Later I got home and I was able to figure it out. Apparently in the first shot that was taken the little pouch of chemicals at the bottom of the Polaroid burst. These chemicals are spread across the Polaroid with the rollers as it ejects to cause the development reaction. So the pouch burst causing some of the gunk to get on to the rollers causing them to now be uneven. (I simulated this “gunk” in the pictures with toothpaste because I didn’t take pictures at the time.) Now every time a Polaroid was taken the gunk would leave an indent every few cm as it was being pushed out through the rollers. The indent caused the chemicals to not really get spread correctly in the spot causing it to be white. whomp whomp.
So I have learned to make sure that your rollers are clean in your Polaroid Cameras! This goes across the board for most types including, SX-70, 600, Spectra and pack cameras. If they aren’t clean they will cause your picture to have undeveloped or incorrectly developed spots. You can simply use a little bit of cotton or a Qtip and go over them with some rubbing alcohol.
Super Clean Rollers!
Although this is a way to try to prevent these spots from happening it does create a kinda cool affect that you can only get from this type of analog photography. I am still happy the way the images came out at the end and now think they are pretty neat. Maybe you can experiment with globs in different places and create a pattern effect.
I hope you enjoyed this little trouble shooting session based on my experiences. I hope to keep them coming every so often and help others out before they make the same mistakes 🙂 Drop me a line if you are having some Polaroid camera issues and if I am able to address them and write about them.
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