Tag: instant photography

  • Polka-dotted chair Polaroid One Step 600, Polaroid 600 film (expired) 2012

  • My last pack of instant Fujifilm FP-3000B

    Spring and summer pass right by without me ever thinking about instant photography. But come autumn, I start dreaming of Polaroids. I don’t get it, but I go with it. I’m also on a jag to shoot up the expired film chilling in my fridge. That film wasn’t expired when I bought it — I’ve…

  • Shooting Polaroid 600 film

    I’ve decided I’m done with integral-film Polaroid cameras. Pricey film and meager results — not enough pleasure for the cost. So I listed all of my integral-film cameras on eBay —  except for my SX-70, which I still find enormously fascinating, even though I will almost certainly not shoot it again. One last pack of expired…

  • Getting ready for winter, a photo essay on Fujifilm FP-3000B instant film

    The last leaves fall the first of November, just in time for cold days and freezing nights. Let the calendar disagree with me, but I say this is where winter begins, bleak and down and lonely. Through October I spend every Saturday mowing up the trees’ prodigious leavings, just me and my old tractor. I cling to this…

  • Polaroid Colorpack II

    I’ve been drawn to Polaroid photography since I was a kid in the 1970s. I get excited over holding a developed print in my hands a minute after pressing the shutter button. So I’ve tried any number of Polaroid cameras looking for the one that balances cost and ease of use with the best possible…

  • Polaroid Pronto! and Polaroid Pronto Sonar OneStep

    Polaroid’s SX-70 camera may have been inventor Edwin Land’s crowning instant-photography achievement, but it was mighty expensive. To bring the joy of SX-70-style instant photography to everyone, Polaroid needed to introduce a less-expensive camera. The Pronto! was that camera. The Pronto! offered an electronic shutter and full autoexposure, plus a three-element, 116mm f/9.4 plastic lens.…

  • Shooting Fujifilm FP-100C

    Holy cow, is Fujifilm’s FP-100C nice stuff. I shot Polaroid’s Types 88 and 108 color pack films in the 1970s and 1980s and was never impressed with the color rendition. But just look at the red the FP-100C returned. It’s so bold that it almost reaches out from the print and smacks you across the…

  • Goodbye Fujifilm FP-3000B

    We are in the post-film shakeout era, a time when the world’s film manufacturers figure out what films will continue to be made now that most people shoot digital. I argue that this era kicked off in 2009 when Kodak canned its seminal Kodachrome color slide film. Kodak has been the leader in film discontinuation,…

  • Polaroid SX-70

    Polaroid had been in the instant-photography business for a long time by 1972 when it introduced the seminal, revolutionary SX-70. At last, instant photography was one-button simple. Earlier Polaroid cameras all involved pulling the photo out of the camera, waiting some amount of time for the image to develop, and then peeling the photo off a…

  • Remembering Kodak instant photography

    Instant photography exploded in the 1970s – and Kodak, watching from the sidelines, was itching to get in on the action. Polaroid introduced its its SX-70 instant camera in 1972. They were a revelation: you pressed the button and the camera spit out a print that developed before your eyes. Soon, Polaroid offered an entire line…

  • Polaroid Automatic 250

    A review of the very good Polaroid Automatic 250. Very good except that batteries are expensive and the film isn’t made anymore.

  • Polaroid J66

    Once in a while someone finds my blog and my old-camera posts and offers me their old gear. Such was the case with a fellow in Madison, Indiana last year. It turns out he and I have an acquaintance in common, and the next time she made a trip to Indianapolis she brought a big…