Updated review: Polaroid SX-70

From the time they were new I always wanted to try a Polaroid SX-70. It seemed so magical! It took me 41 years to get around to it. I’ve updated my review; read it here.

Polaroid SX-70


17 responses to “Updated review: Polaroid SX-70”

  1. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    Having used one 15 years ago I still think that from an engineering & design standpoint they are brilliant. As a camera, they are adequate.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My inner engineer is charmed that it works at all. My inner photographer thinks the photos I made with my SX-70 are kind of crap.

  2. eppaar Avatar

    I purchased a Polaroid Spectra as the SX-70 (working) is out of my price zone. In some ways the Spectra is a better but forgotten camera. Unfortunately, as you know, the Impossible Project film is no where near the quality of the original Polaroid film.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve long been curious about the Spectra system but I think I’m done acquiring instant cameras. It’s just too expensive to shoot a pack of film for the quality of images you get.

      1. eppaar Avatar

        They’re running about $20-$25 on Ebay. Butkus has the manual if you would like to explore.

  3. nataliesmartfilmphotography Avatar

    I love my SX-70 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’d love mine more if the good original Polaroid films were still made!

      1. nataliesmartfilmphotography Avatar

        Yes it is a pity.

  4. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    I pull my SX-70 out once or twice a year when the instant photography bug bites and like you, get a kick out of using it. Just wish the current film was better.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Theo Panagopoulous did a review of his last week where the b/w photos he took looked halfway decent. I’m weighing trying a pack of the b/w film in the SX-70 and letting that be the deciding factor on whether I keep my camera or not.

      1. bodegabayf2 Avatar

        I’ve tried the black and white as well. Ehh. The best results I got were taken indoors using the MINT flash bar.

  5. TBM3FAN Avatar

    I had one of these handed to me last summer. Neighbor, across the street, saw me outside checking the meters of several cameras and she asked if I collect cameras. I said yes and she went into the house to get some her parents had. Little did I know they were Polaroids: SX-70, Automatic 250, and Autofocus 660. I thought she might have something like 35mm rangefinders. I took the Polaroids, so as not to disappoint her, but in the end what are you going to do with them today. They were unique in their day but not really a good value for film photography cost per photo.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Instant photography has always been expensive, no doubt. I remember getting my first Polaroid camera for Christmas in 1976 and being shocked at the $1-per-frame cost of the film. Gak!

  6. Kurt Ingham Avatar
    Kurt Ingham

    The film has improved a lot recently. I like it better than the original, but it is very slow to develop. As you say, not match for packfilm..

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Better than the original? Wow! It might be time to try it again.

  7. analogphotobug Avatar

    What fun it was to paste those stamps ito the little booklet and go to the shop to pick up whatever it was you’d been planning on. Thanks for the memory!

    My Father always owned Polaroids and one of my Aunt was also a fan. She had an SX-70. But my mother made the mistake of buying the Kodak Rip-off. Eventually Kodak was forced to discontinue it. Never liked the pictures.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I had one of the Kodak instant cameras when I was a kid. I liked it, although I shot just one pack in it because the film was so terribly expensive. Here’s the one shot from that pack that has survived. I was maybe 13 and one of the neighborhood kids took the picture, as I’m in it.


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