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Polaroid Vintage Cameras FAQs...

Polaroid Originals currently produces 5 distinct integral film formats:

Below is an incomplete list of cameras and film formats produced by Polaroid at some point in time which we do not support – at least not yet. This means that we do not sell, repair, or produce film for the models below:

  • Peel apart film (incl. Type 100, Type 80 and pro pack 4×5)
    Associated camera models: Model 180, 340 or 103
  • Roll film
    Associated camera models: Model 95, Swinger, J33
  • 35mm film
    Associated camera models: all Polaroid™ 
    35mm camera,  Polaroid™ auto-processor
  • Super 8 film
    Polaroid™ Supervision camera
  • iZone film
    Polaroid™ iZone camera
  • 500 film
    Polaroid™ Captive or Joycam
  • 4×5 film
    For camera back

We currently refurbish the following camera types:

– Polaroid 600
– Polaroid SX-70

All the refurbished cameras we sell are originals – not reproductions. They were produced by Polaroid in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, so the cosmetic condition of each camera may vary slightly. Every camera comes with a one year limited warranty.

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Polaroid Spectra Polaroid ProCam Polaroid Macro5

 

The Polaroid™ Image/Spectra camera was introduced in 1986 and features a wider film format than the SX-70 or 600 cameras. This wider, cinematic format is able to capture brighter exposures.

There are a number of different Image/Spectra models. Some of them have simple settings, whilst others have a number of manual options such as the ability to deactivate the auto-focus, and a self-timer so you can put yourself in the shot. They all come with a built-in flash.

Here are some of the features that Polaroid™ Image/Spectra cameras have:

  • Spectra One Switch: exposure control slider
  • Spectra Full Switch: exposure control slider, flash, auto focus and sound override, self-timer and feet/meters distance selector
  • Built-in flash for shooting in darker lighting conditions and at nighttime
  • Polaroid Originals film shield to protect photos from light while developing
  • One year warranty & warranty card
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Polaroid SX-70  Polaroid SX-70 Sonar AF 

The Polaroid™ SX-70 camera is probably the most well-known and iconic Polaroid™ instant camera:

  • Produced between 1972 and 1981
  • Features a unique folding mechanism that makes the camera the most compact of all Polaroid cameras
  • Works with all Polaroid Originals film packs for Polaroid™ SX-70 cameras featuring the classic square format

The SX-70 camera is a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera, and is available as a standard model, with manual focus, and the Sonar model, featuring both manual focus and optional Sonar autofocus. The camera comes in a range of classic colors such as chrome with brown leather or black with black leather.

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 Polaroid Sun660 Polaroid Impulse AF Polaroid SLR680

 

From the bare-bones Polaroid Amigo to the exquisite Polaroid SLR680, and a ton options in between, such as the 636 Close-up, Sun660, 630 Lightmixer, Supercolor 635, Spirit 600 – just to name a few.

The Polaroid™ 600 camera was designed to make instant photography as simple as possible for photographers of any ability. Polaroid™ 600 series cameras can shoot under almost any conditions. With a new high-speed film, one-click focus (auto or fixed) and automatic flash settings (with manual override options), simplicity and ease-of-use are at the forefront of every 600 camera’s design.

600 cameras come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but they share the same basic principles. Due to the wide variety of 600 cameras produced over the years, Polaroid Originals can’t guarantee the specific model you will receive when you order one through our online store. The exact name, design, color and cosmetic condition may vary from what is displayed. But all cameras are original vintage Polaroid™ cameras which have been carefully inspected, refurbished and tested by our team of repair technicians. You can read more about our refurbishment process here.

All 600 series cameras feature:

  • One-click photo taking procedure
  • Built-in electronic automatic flash
  • Polaroid Originals film shield (installed)
  • Lighten/Darken controls
  • 1 year limited warranty

All Polaroid, Polaroid Originals and Impossible i-Type cameras have some kind of exposure compensation, whether it’s a dial, a knob, a slider or a wheel. So, when should you be using it?

In most cases, your camera will make its own best assessment of your environment using a built-in light meter, and will usually do a pretty good job creating a balanced exposure. If you aren’t happy with the result of a photo, you can re-take the photo, making it lighter or darker using the camera’s exposure control. Below are some instances where you may get better results initially by manually tweaking the exposure a little bit.


Note: If you are shooting with SX-70 film, be sure to read this article first: Exposure Compensation on Polaroid SX-70


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Very Bright Sunlight:
Polaroid 600 – slide 1/4 towards darken
Polaroid SX-70 – slide 2/3 towards darken
Polaroid Image/Spectra – slide 1/4 towards darken

Normal Daylight:
Polaroid 600 – keep settings in the middle
Polaroid SX-70 – slide 1/3 towards darken
Polaroid Image/Spectra – keep settings in the middle

Subject is in Shadow in Daylight Environment:
Polaroid 600 – slide 1/4 towards lighten
Polaroid SX-70 – keep settings in the middle
Polaroid Image/Spectra – keep settings in the middle

Watch below to see how to install a film shield on their vintage Polaroid SX-70 folding-type camera:

 

Tools needed:

  • Film Shield for Polaroid folding cameras
  • 1 Polaroid photo

Installation Instructions:

  • Extend the film shield over the Polaroid photo (as shown on min. 0:28 in the video)
  • Open the film door of the camera
  • Above the rollers, slide the film shield through the ejection slot (see min. 0:41)
  • Now the shield is in place (just remove the Polaroid photo)

The film shield is now installed on your SX-70 camera.

Watch below to see how to install a film shield on their vintage Polaroid box-type camera:

 

Tools needed:

  • Screwdriver
  • Polaroid Originals film shield
  • Polaroid box-type camera

Installation Instructions:

With the film door open, locate the tabs (usually they are black) and use a flathead screwdriver to push them out. Next, remove the front panel and align the film shield in a way that it unrolls as shown in the video, such that it would cover an exiting photo. Lastly, snap it back onto the front camera. Be extra careful not to snap the plastic tabs on the front panel!

The film shield is now installed on your camera.

Dirty rollers are the most common cause of visible film defects. In order to spread the developer paste between the negative and positive components of the photo, each picture goes through the two metal rollers as they exit the film door. If they are dirty or just a little uneven, the chemistry will not be evenly spread across the photo.

We recommend that you inspect your rollers between every pack of film, and clean them every 2-3 packs – even if they look perfectly clean to you. The rollers are accessible by opening the film door compartment of the camera (the film can remain in the camera while cleaning)

You can easily clean them with a soft cloth, dampened slightly with clean water. Allow the rollers to dry completely before using your camera again.

 

The below photos are examples of common roller-related film defects:

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photo Ilona Cerowski

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    photo Liana Joyce

Please click here for further support or alternatively email us at polaroid@brandsaustralia.com

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