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.
This camera can sometimes be found in stock in my Etsy Shop or you can also find it on Ebay and in thrift shops. Although this camera was only produced for only a year I think you can still find it easily. The gold color is unique and I don’t think many Polaroid camera were produced in the same color. The main problems I have encountered with this camera is missing rubber viewfinders or the straps are frayed. The average cost for a 50th Anniversary Camera is going to range from about $15-70 USD.
The 50th Anniversary Polaroid camera is mainly made out of a black plastic body with a gold colored face plate.It comes with an installed long neck strap and a built in flash. It has a 116mm single-element plastic lens fixed focus and takes the best photos from 4ft and beyond. Your photos will be very blurry and out of focus if you try to take a photo of anything closer than 4 feet. Similar to the LMS SUN 600 this camera also has a light management system which works on a sliding scale. Most times I start out by keeping the slide in the middle but if it gets very bright out or if you are in low light and don’t think the flash is going to reach all the way you can adjust the slider. When you are looking at the front of the camera you can slide the lever to the left left to make it go darker or to the right to make it lighter. What this essentially does is it covers up the light meter on the the camera with different shades of dark plastic so the shutter stays open for a longer or lesser time depending on it’s position.
The camera also has a built in flash that has the option to not be used. According to the manual the camera is designed so that the flash should actually always be used, indoors and outdoors. There is a smaller button behind the main shutter button that works as a override so that you don’t have to use the flash. This is mainly used for taking photos through glass windows and you don’t want to cause a glare or around mirrors.
The 50th Anniversary Polaroid Camera currently takes film from The Impossible Project. That is the only film that I really trust to still be used. If you buy expired actual Polaroid film from Ebay and some shops you may get film that is dried up and unusable or just so old that all of your Polaroids are washed out and and covered with streaks. You can find film from Amazon.com at the following links for both Impossible Project Color 600-type Film and Impossible Project 600-type Black and White Film. It can also be bought directly from The Impossible Project or at other specialty camera shops.
Inserting Your Film
Once you have your brand new film you are ready to take it out of the box. Place the film into the camera by opening the bottom front of the camera up, which is done by pushing forward the little black tab on the right side of the camera that is under the shutter button. Once you place the film inside and close the camera you should hear a whirl and the dark slide should pop out. The dark slide is the thin cardboard piece of paper that has been protecting the film from light exposure. If you are using Impossible Project Film you should make sure that you have let you film warm up to room temperature if you have been storing it in a fridge.
Taking photos with this camera is pretty easy considering that there are not many things that can go wrong. I have a range of photos that were taken with this type of camera that also have a wide range of picture colors, frame colors and frame shapes. Sorry they are not a consistent set of prints to better show off how locations and weather can change the actual processing of the photo itself. If you look through Amazon or The Impossible Project Website you can get many different types of film, but I would start off with a plain white frame with black and white film as it is the easiest to use and the fastest to develop.
This first photo I took it to illustrate not what to do with your camera. This picture was taken with the override flash button and the subject was within 4ft of the camera. This caused the picture to both blurry and overexposed because the shutter was open for too long. Although I still kinda like the look of the photo anyways. Gives me the feeling of an abstract not so still life.
The next photo was taken outdoors with the flash, but once again my subject is within the 4ft and so it came out out of focus. You can see that the flowers in the background are in focus because they are in range of the lens.
Now on to photos that I managed to actually take within the correct range and with the correct flash exposure.
So I think the moral of my short lived story about the 50th Anniversary Sun 600 Polaroid Camera is that although it is mainly a point and shoot camera you can still screw it up. In the end practice makes perfect and expect to have some a few or maybe alot of blurry and out of focus first shots. Always keep your subjects at 4ft or further and I find that the best photos come out in well lit areas.
If you really like this camera and it’s design as I said before you can sometimes find in my Etsy Shop. If it is not in stock you can always drop me a note and I can source it for you for no extra cost and make a reserved listing just for you.
Most times the manual for this camera is no longer with the camera itself, but I found one at the bottom of my manual drawer and scanned it below.
- Lens: 116mm f/11 Single-element plastic
- Fixed focus
- Automatic variable speed/aperture shutter system (speeds range from 1/3 to 1/200 of a second; apertures from f/14.6 to f/45)
- Built-in electronic flash (1/3000 of a second)
I hope that you have enjoyed this review. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you think I have left anything out.
*Impossible Project Film photo taken from The Impossible Project Website.