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.
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.
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.
Before I moved to California and traveled a bit I managed to purchase some new experimental film from The Impossible Project. It was a completely pink film, or as they called it a monochromatic magenta. It was very similar to their Cyanograph Film, which was completely blue. I bought 2 packs and I brought them along with me to my trip to Ireland and Spain. The film was made for 600 series cameras, but I used it with my SX-70 folding SLR camera with a Neutral Density filter. The photo above is of Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland. Many great concerts have been performed on the grounds including U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The above photo was taken in Barcelona Spain in Camp Nou. It was a pretty hot and sunny day, and I was surprised that the photo came out as well as it did without it being completely washed out. You can just make out the stadium seats spelling out MES QUE UN CLUB.
This is a follow up to my The Impossible Project Film in the heat of summer post. Their film is very temperamental and if it’s not developed in the right conditions the colors may be a little off. The main things that affect the development process is temperature and light. I am going to give my insight into developing pictures in cold weather today.
I live in Boston, and to say the least it has been a very long, snowy and cold winter. Taking pictures in this weather is not easy considering I generally walk about town with camera and film in tow making it susceptible to the outside weather. I decided to take out two different cameras out one day during a light snow fall, but it was about 15 degrees F outside. I took with me a more modern 600 series camera with built in flash from the 90’s and a folding SLR SX-70 Sonar OneStep. Both films for the cameras were taken out of the fridge and set out to reach room temperature for about an hour. So after the hour I load the film into the camera and I am out the door.