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Own a Polaroid Camera

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The instant camera is a type of camera which uses self-developing film to create a chemically developed print shortly after taking the picture. Polaroid Corporation pioneered (and patented) consumer friendly instant cameras and film, and were followed by various other manufacturers.

The invention of commercially viable instant cameras which were easy to use is generally credited to American scientist Edwin Land, who unveiled the first commercial instant camera, the model 95 Land Camera, in 1948, a year after unveiling instant film in New York City. The earliest instant camera, which consisted of a camera and portable wet darkroom in a single compartment, was invented in 1923 by Samuel Shlafrock.

Polaroid cameras can be classified by the type of film they use. The earliest Polaroids (pre-1963) used instant roll film. Roll film came in two rolls (positive/developing agent and negative) which were loaded into the camera and was eventually offered in three sizes (40, 30, and 20 series). The next generation of Polaroid cameras utilized 100 series "pack film," which required the photographer to pull the film out of the camera for development, then peel apart the positive from the negative at the end of the developing process. Pack film initially was offered in a rectangular format (100 series), then in square format (80 series). Third generation Polaroids, like the once popular SX-70, used a square format integral film, in which all components of the film (negative, developer, fixer, etc.) were contained. Each exposure developed automatically once the shot was taken.

600 series cameras such as the Pronto, Sun 600, and One600 used 600 (or the more difficult to find professional 779) film which was four times faster than SX-70 film. Polaroid Spectra cameras used Polaroid Spectra film which went back to a rectangular format.

Mio cameras used Polaroid Mio film which was Fuji Instax mini, branded as Polaroid and which is still available in 2015 as Fuji Instax Mini. This size produces a billfold sized photo. Polaroid still markets a mini format camera built by Fuji branded as Polaroid 300 and the film is available with both the Polaroid name and as Fuji Instax mini which are interchangeable.

Here are some reasons why people want to have Polaroid camera:

INSTANT GRATIFICATION

We take photos and can upload them on any number of social networking platforms in a matter of seconds.

But Polaroid film cameras give us something tangible in an instant.

Yes, it's great to share photos with friends on various sites but it's even better to be able to take a photo and have the hard copy in your hand in an instant, don't you think?

SUPER FUN

Polaroid cameras are so much fun.

Take them to parties and watch the younger folk marvel at the voodoo magic of this plastic device which emits photos instantly.

Watch them as they stare in awe at the paper as the photo develops and goes from black to image in seconds.

It's guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser and also means you don't have to rely on others to upload their photons online before you can get a taste of the action.

POCKET SIZE

The camera itself is far from pocket size but the images can be.

I love the fact that the resulting photos can go straight in your wallet or that you can give them straight to someone as a gift.

Write a special message on the bottom and you have memories of a great day or night that will last forever.

NO TRAIL

We live in an age of data sharing gone crazy which means there is always the chance of personal information being 'leaked.' The great thing about instant cameras is that they have no memory.

Of course, this can be a bad thing if you lose that special photo but maybe try not losing that special photo!

There is something special about having a one-of-a-kind original that no one else has.

 

Success stories

zin Zane

Sep 20 at 13:03 pm
Instax it's fun

London Leopard

Mar 12 at 09:56 am
I have a fujifilm one

Chrissy Ellis

Mar 06 at 03:32 am
Thanks to my friend chrystal

Cherie Stratton

Mar 05 at 10:42 am
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Tierra Nauman

Mar 04 at 23:52 pm
instax mini 8

Ashleigh Parsons

Mar 04 at 10:41 am
Christmas presents

E T

Mar 04 at 01:52 am
my babygirl gave it to me

talea davis

Jan 11 at 14:00 pm
brought it for my 21st birthday