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The Polaroid Camera Collection

I went to a giant swap meet today at the Sports Arena here in San Diego, and I somehow managed to acquire 3 new Polaroid cameras. This brings my Polaroid collection to a grand total of 5.

 

I already had the Minolta Instant Pro and the Sun 660. At the swap meet, I first found the Impulse and picked it up for $3! Then I found the SX-70 at another booth for $15. The seller then pointed out that she had another old camera for sale -- the Model 80 (for another $15). Oh... and I bought all 3 of them when I wandered off from the wife and kids. So when I caught back up with them (with 3 cameras hanging around my neck), I got the evil-eye.

 

I'm pretty stoked about these cameras though, since the SX-70, 600, and Spectra films are supposed to be coming back to life in the near future. This means that the four cameras on the right side of the photo can be used once again! The Land Camera on the very left takes roll film that was discontinued in 1992, so no chance of shooting Polaroid with that one anytime soon.

 

However, I do have plans to rip apart the insides and convert it for shooting 120 film. After the initial inspection, it looks like I'll have to rip out some sheet metal, drill a few holes, and figure out a way to hold the spools (and wind them). It's a beautiful camera in near perfect condition, so I hate to mess with it. But I'd hate more for it to never be used again -- no camera deserves that fate! Plus, I've been wanting a good folding camera to add to my arsenal, so this would be a perfect fit.

 

I'm thinking that when the Polaroid films are re-released, we ought to put together a Polaroid photowalk in LA or SD!

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Taken on November 14, 2009