Polaroid 1000 Land Camera and Polatronic 1 Flash
[My 45th in Explore - although it took 6 months to peak at #124.]
[Also used on innumerable blogs and mailouts].
If this camera was edible, you wouldn't be seeing this photo. It's looks so delicious!
The Polaroid 1000 (OneStep in the US) is one of the biggest selling cameras in history. Indeed it was the top selling camera in America for four years running from 1977, and is now regarded as something of a retro icon in the same vein as the Rubik's Cube.
So it looks great and sold by the bucket-load, but is it any good? Er... no.
With a single element fixed focus 103mm f/14.6 plastic lens, this camera struggles to capture anything sharply if it's closer than about five feet. Exposure with the old SX-70/Time Zero film was also unpredictable. This camera is probably the reason the 'Reader's Wives' section of certain magazines in the 1980s was full of blurry orange women. There were two kinds of fuzz in every photo, basically. ;)
Since these cameras are plentiful, they are fairly cheap to pick up. Mine came in a nice carry case with the flash and instructions and totalled £10.19 including postage.
You can jimmy some 600 integral film into the camera, but you need to put an ND filter over the lens to compensate for the ISO it was designed for.
I've only taken two shots with this and I'm far from impressed. I'd only recommend this camera to a collector, or someone who likes the randomness that is associated with Lomography and can afford to buy the increasingly rare film.
Update: It's actually fine for use outdoors with the correct ND filter and exposure settings with 600 film. See: My Polaroid 1000 photos.
Update Jan 2010: Just as new film for this camera is launched by The Impossible Project, I've sold this camera. It's been surplus to requirements since I got an SX-70 folding camera. I'll miss the old thing, even though the lens was a bit crappy.