Going geeky crazy into Polaroid

With several new innovative products Polaroid came kind of back at this years 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In the 1960s and 1970s, Polaroid was in a way what Apple is today: one of the coolest technology companies on earth. In its heyday, Polaroid was an absolute innovation machine—a scientific think tank that periodically kicked out a fantastic products. 

Well it's no secret that I'm crazy in love with photography. So as you might imagine, I was thrilled to see any news about photography from this years CES Show. But there weren't many. But Polaroid reminded me of an old Polaroid Land camera — which it seems was created especially for geeks like me - which I dusted of and got shooting again.

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Taking a photograph and having the print in front of you instantaneously is quite different even in digital times. I own a Polaroid 350 Land Camera which is in general, one of the higher-end Polaroid pack cameras which are well-designed and tough. The bellows are nearly indestructible, and the body still very solid.

Part of the Polaroid camera series start with the Automatic 100 and finish at the Automatic 450, they shares some common set of features:

Folding Bellows

Automatic Exposure

100-series Packfilm

The 350 is one of the higher end models of the 100-400 series line of folding Pack film Land Cameras; the main difference being the inclusion of a development timer on the rear of the body, and a smaller eyepiece on the rangefinder. The shutter speed is automatically chosen from a range between 12-1/1200s.

The main advantages of this higher end model over others is:

Zeiss Ikon-designed rangefinder

projected frame lines and parallax compensation.

Tripod mount on all-metal body

3 element glass lens (114mm f8.8)

What about the availability of film you might think. No problem at that. Apart from the Impossible project there are film packs from Fuji

– FP-3000B Professional Instant Black & White Film (10 Exposures) 

– FP-100C Professional Instant Color Film ISO 100 (10 Exposure, Glossy) 

The Polaroid version of this cameras are all expired, not in production, expensive, and hard to find, I think the Fuji films are the way to go.

Here a trial of long exposure at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

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Leather wraped camera

Ilford b/w 3200 at f0.95