Polaroid Returns!!!

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Maybe you've already heard, but in case not, it's official; Polaroid becomes available to the public again later this week thanks to the people at the Impossible Project, in conjunction with Ilford and the Polaroid corporation! If you're a lover of Polaroid film and all it's instantaneous magic, this is awesome news.  If you've got a favorite Polaroid from days of old, post it in the comments section below.  Or feel free to just expound on your love of the medium. This is definitely a victory for film!


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Polaroids were about many things to many people I suppose, but to me they were the epitomy of the snapshot. People seem to forget about how important the snapshot was/is.  Long Live Polaroid!

To many people today, Polaroid was and is about image transfer and image manipulation. For testing lighting and the such before digital, Polaroid was indispensable. To me, the most amazing thing was having a photo appear in front of my eyes in 60 seconds instead of going to the drugstore, dropping off the film, and going back the following week. Yes, I am that old:)

I own a Polaroid ONE600 that is still in excellent working condition.  It's nostelgic and quite a novelty.  Yesterday, I snapped a test shot.  It still worked!  The camera auto focuses 1.5' to infinity, has redeye, timer, and an adjustable lighten/darken lever.  The camera is loaded with my last roll of Polaroid film.  I have one frame left on the camera.  I'll be interested in getting fresh 600 film.  I believe the 600 film cassette contains battery power for the camera and flash.  I can recall a recent rerun of NCIS: during a power outage, Gibbs distributed similar Polaroid cameras, to each of his crew members, from his field bag.  One NCIS agent said, "what do we do with these?" ha,ha

Unless you can manipulate the film, some Art will die, I'm afraid to get excited! So says PolaroidVanGogh!!! He knows!

I have an original Polaroid Land camera is there any trade in value

A good majority of my childhood photos were shot with Polaroid. Looking at those photos my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. took I still marvel at the attention to composition that most people took 'back then' (think early '80s) when shooting Polaroid. It makes me think of the attention to detail people took in the 40s and earlier when shooting with Brownies. After my grandmother died I inherited many of her square snapshots from when she was a young woman. Each photo tells a story and was, generally, taken with such care. With the return of Polaroid film it would be nice to see a return to story telling in the land of the snapshot.

I grew up in Brazil and a friend of mine had a Polaroid camera. All Polaroids were imported and Brazilian taxes are tremendous hence each single Polaroid picture cost about 10 dollars for us. He took extreme care for every single picture he took and thought long and hard before pressing that shutter. The pictures he took were marvelous! It will be cool if Polaroid comes back in vogue as the Lomograph cameras are today.

 The ability to be out and about, have a thought about something I saw, or did - and being able to just snap it and preserve it right then and there without bells, whistles, and broo-haha. That is what polaroid will always be for me. Creativity in a very basic and simple form.  

  Testing lights and exposure - well, that's the science of film and meters that seems to elude many fauxtographers. Testing with Poloroid always seemed, to me, to be a 'crutch'.  Personally - I never had much use for this 'testing' thing - in as much as I don't have much need for 'fixing it in Pshop' either.

 But that's me - ymmv.

   The 'Roid lives on. This is a good thing.

 Tried their color film. Manipulation, like you could with Time-Zero, is not the same. It sort of works but it is VERY difficult to push this film even with heating it. And it does not have the same look nor the same color pallet as TZ. If you thought TZ was returning like me then you will be very disappointed. Will have to find a different creative way to use the film albeit it VERY expensive. Too expensive for my pocket book for playing around.

Hanging in a nylon case, in an abandoned bedroom for a dozen years, my Polaroid One in camera is "in" again - what fun!

I'm excited - I can still get the film.  Return Of The Party Camera!! ,-]