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The Polaroid SX-70 film camera produces instant pictures, processing the images in a few minutes. Click pictures with the self-timer of this Polaroid Film Camera. Having an f/...Read more
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A legendary camera, back to bring soul to photography once more.
When the Polaroid SX-70 camera came out, this was in the early 70s. People seeing this ground-breaking gadget must have felt like cavemen experiencing the immediacy of a Zippo...Read more
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Excellence & Elegancy design but limited control.
This is one of the most classic polaroid camera. Its excellency & elegancy design catched my eyes ever since I saw it in the photo book. It's so amazing to see it from fla...Read more
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The Polaroid SX-70 film camera produces instant pictures, processing the images in a few minutes. Click pictures with the self-timer of this Polaroid Film Camera. Having an f/8 aperture, this SLR film camera provides bright pictures. Allowing you to alter the focus manually at 10.4 inches from the subject, this Polaroid Film Camera clicks beautiful pictures even when standing close to the object. With the shutter speed ranging from 1/175s to more than 10 seconds, this SLR film camera catches the subject in action, eliminating the blur. The Polaroid SX-70 camera is capable of converting a 1.5x picture to 174mm.

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BrandPolaroid
ModelSX-70
MPN SX70
UPC074100176255, 074100187886

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Camera TypeInstant

Exposure
Minimum Aperturef22
Maximum Aperturef8

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Additional FeaturesAuto Exposure

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A legendary camera, back to bring soul to photography once more.

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Created: 10/01/12
When the Polaroid SX-70 camera came out, this was in the early 70s. People seeing this ground-breaking gadget must have felt like cavemen experiencing the immediacy of a Zippo starting a fire. Edwin Land's desire for a camera to eject a pic, then experiencing the immediacy of the photo processing right before your eyes, with hardly any effort from the photographer, was realized in this Henry Dreyfus designed work of pure art.

There are several models in what is known as the SX-70 line, from the initial camera, made in 1972, without the focus assistant in the fresnel, to the final model, the SLR 690, which rolled off the assembly line in 1996. Most of them have features that make them unique, each of which, has its sub-categories of fans. None of these cameras will disappoint.

When I purchased MY first SX-70, I was elated when it arrived. I had Impossible film on order, and couldn't wait to experience something other than digital or 35mm. Of, course, the camera didn't work, and had to get it repaired. However, that didn't stop me, and when I got it working again, I was able to experience the whole SX-70 process, from focusing and framing my subject, to the "story inside the camera" (As in the old SX-70 video press kit), with everything from the shutter being tripped, to hearing the fresnel working within the bellows, to the pic being ejected. It took longer than my digital cameras (Funny, the manual focus on the SX-70 was faster than the auto on the digital.), but I felt I was experiencing something, right there on the spot, and without the awqwardness of a K1000, or having to wait for my film to come back from the drug store.

Today, with digital cameras everywhere, from your laptop, or your phone, to street posts, photography has been rendered soulless. Even the average pic taken with Billy-bob, in front of the biggest pile of crap in Mudlick, KY. has been thrown into the same pile that surveilance and "Reality TV" has been thrown into - the world of ubiquitousness...The Polaroid instant camera is now an ART camera, grabbing an element of the world, as framed in its viewfinder, and turning it into something fresh.

Believe me, in this age of digital cameras, the size of a button, and immediate publishing through the Instanetz, the Polaroid SX-70, by some, may seem antiquated, however, in reality, is still relevent in our Facebook/SMS/Twitter age. It brings back some of the soul that humanity once put in Photography.
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Excellence & Elegancy design but limited control.

Created: 11/08/09
This is one of the most classic polaroid camera. Its excellency & elegancy design catched my eyes ever since I saw it in the photo book. It's so amazing to see it from flat object and pop it up to be the SLR camera!!
It's not the compact or RF camera, it's the real SLR camera with polaroid film. (The only other SLR-polaroid camera that I know is Polaroid SE which is big and heavy) You can see the real image thru the viewfinder to make the sharp focus. However, this camera has its limitation about the exposure. Since SX-70 has automatic shutter speed to match with the fix aperture (around F/8 or F/11- I think) via electric eye, so it is not suitable for indoor photography except with flash. You cannnot use any tripod since no tripod socket installed. (SX-70 need special tripod head no. 111, if you can find it!) Although I can use the exposure compensation wheel called L/D control in front of the camera to fine tune the exposure, it's only the little help since I don't know what exactly mean for each mark; half stop or one stop?
What's more, the film that exactly match with this camera is also rare, mostly expired and high price. I used the 779 film that produced by polapremium. However, the 779 film is ISO 600 while the SX-70 required ISO 100 film, so I had to reduce the light that fall on to film by either way; one - by put the ND filter in front of the lens that will make me hard to focus in the dark viewfinder, or two - by put the ND filter in front of the film pack. I chose the second choice that cost me another $16.00.
About a month I bought this vintage camera, I always appreciate with the genius of the designer who make this charming tools, simple and smart. Although the photos didn't meet my expect, some dark, some blur and very few that OK, but I still find the new way to control this camera and wish it will become one of my favorite tools in the near future.
Recommend to everyone who:
- love to shoot and have fun with polaroid film. (and also afford to pay)
- want to impress others with the pop up design and the way the photo come out.
- collect the smart and charming tools.
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SX-70 -- Design classic, usable today

Created: 08/11/10
This is a great camera. What can one say about it? It was the world's first folding SLR camera, and the first to use integral self-developing film pods...i.e. the modern Polaroid. While it was joined on the later count the list for the former is still pretty slim.

This is a manual-focus camera, which, for me, is an upside, at least compared to the cheap 600-film cameras I was raised on. Those have a fixed-focus plastic lens, meaning that basically...stuff is only "kinda" in focus. The SX-70 has a real glass lens and is noticeably sharper. It can focus close (about 11 inches) and blur backgrounds. It can take pictures that look like a "photographer" took them. It has one downside compared to those cameras -- SX-70 film is way slower and you can barely take pictures in doors even on a sunny day.

Oh...the film. Polaroid hasn't made film for the SX-70 since something like 2006, so what stock remains is expired and expensive. However, the film is back in production now thanks to "The Impossible Project." Their film is still experimental, meaning it's not as stable or reliable as, say, good 35mm film, but it is available and does produce some beautiful images.

On a parting note...I had to buy two SX-70s to get one which was working. They are complicated vintage machines. But I would recommend it.
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Polaroid SX-70

Created: 08/01/11
I think it's a wonderful product. Being so old and also the first of this brand of cameras it shows some "problems", like the whole structure always looking (and being, too) extremely fragile. These models might are also misfuctioning due to age, but if you're lucky enough, you won't have to spend more than 50€ in occasional repairs.

Obviously, the SLR 680 (or similar models) are "better": you feel safer, you're not scared of breaking them every second, and they have some interesting functions, too. But they don't have that good ol' look the SX-70 has. :)

I wouldn't buy another. :P I'd rather like to get the other SX-70 like models.
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Classic lines and vintage fun...instant photography at its best.

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Created: 05/03/12
I love these vintage cameras...they were a marvel of engineering when they were introduced back in the early 1970's, since they were the world's first folding single lens reflex cameras. They still hold up today in that regard, plus they have classic lines that make them a thing of beauty.

Now that The-Impossible-Project is producing instant film for them, they are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. While the film quality is not up to the level of the original Polaroid yet, it is steadily improving...and there's a very active, enthusiastic following for instant photography.

Highly recommended!
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