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Polaroid SX-70 Alpha One Model 2
The Single Lens Reflex camera that is collapsible and originally came in chrome with tan leather , which is what this article about, the latter model.
The reason why we admire this camera so much is because of the amount of ideas, thoughts, and work that had been invested into this camera, not to mention the cost of bringing this product into reality too.
First off, the camera is immaculately designed, it’s not only a Polaroid camera but its also an SLR camera that is collapsible (A Single Lenx Reflex (SLR) camera that is collapsible!!) that comes in a timely sexy all black colour.
Second, being an SLR camera means that it allows you have full control over the image in terms of the focus, and it comes with an electric eye (photo meter) and allows full auto exposure photos at an f/8 aperture.
Third off, the image quality from this camera is just amazing, you get a nice depth of field and the camera allows you to focus from 1 foot (quite close up) right to infinity. With it’s glass lens, once you get it right, it's incredibly sharp.
Finally it costed Polaroid $600 million in R&D, back in the 70's.It cost the company another $600 million to create the integrated film system.
This was made possible because of the relentless pursuit by Dr. Edwin Land - the perfectionist (often compared to the Steve Jobs of our time).
Restored Polaroid™ SX-70 Model 2
• Type: Folding SLR instant camera
• Lens: 4-element 116mm f/8 glass lens
• Minimum focus: 10.4 inches
• Aperture: Aperture range f/8 – f/90
• Shutter: Electronic variable speed/aperture shutter
• Focus: Manual via geared wheel
• Exposure times: Shutter speeds from >10 sec to 1/175
• Film: Uses Impossible Color and B/W SX-70 films
• Flash: Has fill flash ability*
• Mechanics improved internally*
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Ever since I started using Polaroid cameras for my photography work, I’ve pined for the classic Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera. I would argue it’s the best looking, best designed Polaroid camera out there, especially if you find a full metal version. The way it folds up into almost nothing never ceases to amaze me. And the best part? This baby is a SLR. What you see in the viewfinder is what you get, no impossible framing from some peep hole on the other side of the camera.
So after lusting over it and letting my honeymoon phase pass, how does it stack up as a realistic tool for today’s Polaroid artist?
Well… there are some big pros, but there are some pretty big cons as well. This is not the easiest Polaroid camera to use and it can be quite expensive if you purchase it from somebody who actually knows its value. At the same time, it gives you an incredible level of control when it comes to framing and focus. You can actually see what you’re focusing on through your viewfinder!
Since it is a SX-70 model camera, it works the Impossible Project’s PX 70 Color Shade and PX 100 Silver Shade lines of film. Don’t try to use any 600 film without a ND filter unless you like photos of solid white.