Polaroid SX-70 worth to keep?

3 years 4 months ago #545283 by Glen Martin
I just found an old Polaroid SX-70 in my garage.  I think this was my fathers camera.  Kind of cool, anyone know if these cameras are worth anything today?  Where can I get film for this?  


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3 years 4 months ago #545300 by icepics
I love using my SX-70, it's a joy to shoot with. They do have some value compared to the more common plastic Polaroid cameras, or older vintage ones that used roll film, etc.

The Impossible Project (TIP) was started some years ago when a company started by Florian Kaps bought a Polaroid factory in the Netherlands, hired many of their employees, and started from scratch to manufacture film for the Polaroid cameras that use what's called integral film. They didn't have the patents or formula for Polaroid film so had to re-invent it.

The company was recently bought by the owner of the Polaroid brand so the film is now being manufactured as Polaroid. You might still find Impossible film at Adorama or B&H, Samy's, and Midwest Camera Exchange.

Instead of 10 there are only 8 exposures with current film, so when the counter gets to 4,3... you're really down to 2,1... when the counter gets to 2 you're really at 0. You can put in an empty film pack cartridge to test if the camera fires since that contains the battery. (That may not work if you would try it with an old one and the battery's dead.)

This film done in 1970 by designer Charles Eames and his wife Ray shows how to use the SX-70 and how it works.
http:www.youtu.be/lo_1pyQ7xvc

Sharon
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3 years 4 months ago #545326 by ThatNikonGuy
You sure about that?  I thought Oskar Smolokowski from Poland owns the Impossible Mission?


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3 years 4 months ago #545369 by Joe Photo Daddy
I don't have this Polaroid camera, but I do have a couple slightly newer model up in storage.  These are fun cameras even to this day.  Check on Amazon and B&H for the film.  You should have no troubles finding film.  


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3 years 4 months ago #545455 by icepics
Oskar was the CEO of The Impossible Project. An ownership group including his dad bought it as well as the Polaroid name. The Impossible Project site and the film being manufactured and sold on their website was renamed Polaroid with Oskar as CEO. The change in product packaging etc. just happened in September.

Sharon
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3 years 4 months ago #545485 by Richard K Photography
So wait is Oskar still running the show?  Or did they sell it off?  I'm lost. 


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3 years 4 months ago #545752 by icepics
Oskar's dad and a bunch of investors bought the company (The Impossible Project). Oskar is still CEO. He was CEO when it was Impossible before his dad bought it.

His father also had bought the Polaroid name (and IP, whatever that may include) so The Impossible Project film was rebranded as Polaroid.

The Impossible site is called Polaroid Originals. I think the main Polaroid site has the film along with other products.

Sharon
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3 years 4 months ago #545801 by Garbo
Oh yeah, and you'll have fun taking photos with it!  

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3 years 4 months ago #545842 by Ben Vanderbilt
Used mine last summer and it was a blast that the whole family enjoyed.  Yeah, classics you keep.  


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3 years 4 months ago #546002 by Glen Martin
Hey thanks everyone.  Good stuff.  Also good to see this old brand is still going strong.  After posting this question, reading the messages I've gotten, and some additional research, there is a lot more people still holding onto these cameras!  


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