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.
Now the specific cameras I am talking about are the Spectra System, Spectra AF, Spectra SE and the Spectra QPS. All these cameras are essentially the same camera in different colors and subtle shape changes. I would not put the Spectra 2, Spectra 1200i or the Spectra 1200FF in the same category, as they are lacking many features that are in the above mentioned cameras.
So in no particular order, below are my top 5 reasons for purchasing a Polaroid Spectra System camera.
|1. Reason One – Built in Flash|
I know. I know. Many other Polaroid cameras also come with a built in flash, but then again many of them do not. With the Spectra System you don’t have the need to go searching for a dwindling supply of flash bars or have to carry a bulky electronic flash. The Spectra also gives you the option to turn off the flash if you want to. This is great if you want to take photos through windows or if you want to have a longer exposure. So go out there and take some crazy long nightscape polaroids.
|2. Reason Two – Taking Double Exposures|
Thanks to the timer feature on the Spectra System you can work yourself some magic and take some double exposures on instant film. I’m in the works on writing an entire blog on the art of making double exposures so stay tuned. It’s a great trick and you don’t have to take the double image right away, giving you the freedom to frame the perfect shot.
|3. Reason Three – Wide Format Film|
I love the wider format film that the Spectra series takes. It gives the film a little more of a cinematic feel and allows you the ability to cram a little more detail into your photos. Many people that are new to instant photography migrate to the new Fujifilm Instax cameras. Those are fun, but they give you a tiny photo the size of a credit card. The Spectra Images on the other hand are a much better size and are big enough to frame, if you are so inclined. The size of the film compared to SX-70 / 600 can be compared below (as least math wise).
Film Size : 4 x 4.1″ / 10.2 x 10.3 cm Image Size : 3.5 x 2.9″ / 9.0 x 7.3 cm
Film Size : 3.5 x 4.2′ / 8.8 x 10.7 cm Image Size : 3.1 x 3.1″ / 7.9 x 7.9 cm
|4. Reason Four – Let me Take a Selfie|
Okay so this may not be everyone’s reason to want to run out and buy a Spectra System camera, but sometimes a girl can’t help herself. I find that this camera gives me the best and simplest selfie results. I think that an Sonar SX-70 SLR may give just as good results, but it being much more expensive it’s not in the same category.
If you have an extra long reach (like I do) you can get some pretty decent selfies. You could also take it one step further and put your Spectra on top of a mantle (or tripod if you are fancy that way) and activate the 10 second timer function. That way you can take some hands free photos without the help of anybody ;0
|5. Reason Five – Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize|
The Spectra System is a great camera on its own, but man does it have some great extra add ons. The first of which is a Close-Up Lens. Want to take awesome micro photos of some flowers? The Spectra can do that with a little help. There are two kinds that I know of. One measures the distance with a little kind of tape measure that you pull out and the other uses two little lights that when they come together means your pic will be in focus. You can find my review of the Polaroid F112 Spectra Close-Up Lens HERE.
There are also two sets of lens/filters for the Spectra. Each set come with a lens holder and 5 different filters to try. They range from colored filters, image splitters and effects. These are great to carry around and they come in a small light weight case. I will also be posting a blog on these filters soon!
The types of photos that the lens take are really fun. The results are unexpected and sometimes seem very manufactured 🙂 Check out my fast moving bike…in my apartment.
So remember that I mentioned selfies as one of the reason to get this camera? So there is another accessory that makes this even better. There is a shutter remote that can be used for even more posing fun. It only works with the Spectra System though as it needs to have a little connector in the back of the camera for it to function. It uses infrared technology and works only about 10 ft from the camera. But who cares because who wants to see you from any further than that 😉
If you are interested in any of these accessories you can find many of them in my Etsy Shop.
So there you have it. My so called top 5 reasons to get yourself a Polaroid Spectra System camera. One of my personal favs. If you have any interest in getting one yourself you can find them in my Etsy shop at the link below.