Polaroid Pronto Instant Camera (*6 Months Warranty*)


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Alongside the 'pro sumer' range of folding slrs polaroid  released a large number of plastic bodied, non-folding consumer cameras that used the SX-70 integral film. There were several lines that varied in the type and amount of features they offered, but fall into three distinct categories differentiated by the method of focusing:

  • Fixed focus - Generally known (in the US) as OneStep models
  • Zone-focused - Generally known (in the US) as Pronto! models
  • Sonar Autofocus - Labelled as both Pronto! and OneStep models, but usually with an AF or Sonar monicker

All these models use the SX-70 integral film, meaning the camera is powered by a battery built into the film pack. Many of these models were able to use certain accessories designed for the folding SLR line of SX-70 cameras, such as flashbars, electronic flashes and tripod mounts.

The 3000 was produced in 1977, and is a foreign markets version of the pronto rf - one in a vast line of the zone-focused, compact cameras known in the US as Pronto! models. A variety of different colours and models of Pronto! were produced, and most were functionally identical.


  • 3 element plastic lens with fixed aperture (116mm, f9.4)
  • 3 ft minimum focus distance.
  • Zone focusing by turning distance-marked lens ring.
  • Exposure compensation dial around electric eye.

The 3000 and RF models differ to all other Pronto! models in that they feature a rangefinder mechanism, allowing fine focus. The camera is focused in the same way as other Pronto! models, but features a small circular range finding window super-imposed in the viewfinder (similar in operation the that found on the model 100 folding pack film camera.


I may have mentioned this before, but in the days when studio photography was still shot on 4 x 5 transparencies, Polaroid was an absolute God-send. There’s some trick of the mind that you will KNOW everything is properly positioned, well-lit with no obscuring shadows, no blinding highlights (and all the model’s tattoos covered, though a more rare problem way back when, admittedly) only to find after processing that one or more problems had occurred.

But with a Polaroid print, you could find the errors and get them corrected before striking the set. I still film rules for quality, but you can see the attraction for digital. Cheaper! Faster! And ‘shopped!

                                    -Steve miller








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