The King Is Dead! Long Live The King! Instantly!
Even Andre 3000 couldn’t stop it. (you’ll get it at about 3:45 but it still is a great song.) even if shaking it like a Polaroid picture, didn’t really help the development, just the dancing.
In a matter of days, Polaroid instant film will be history. Honestly, it has been unavailable at your local photo store for awhile, but the official end is near.
Original Polaroid SX-70 intro film:( a little long, but what the heck.)
It really hit home last week.
Whenever you do a shoot, the contracts or releases for talent or anyone appearing in the shots, you should have an identifying photo attached to the paper. Polaroid was the solution, FOREVER!.
I took my Spectra camera and realized I could not find the film. Anywhere.
I did invent a solution but it added multiple steps and printing.
And then there was a word. And it was good.
Fuji has come out with a series of instant cameras and film that are now available.
In a matter of days, I’ll be fully loaded and instant print shooting again.
You may be asking yourself: Why the heck do you want to do that when high quality digital is at your fingertips? Well, the relatively short lived reign of Polaroid film, 1948 to kind of the present, garnished a legion of devotees that are still clamoring for the film. I have photographed Masai warriors standing in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, holding Polaroid pictures of themselves. The ability to hand out an instant print to your subject will go a long way. Farther than showing a digital LCD.
But the instant print has fallen out of favor with the masses. So, keep those cameras if you must, but you’re not going to be getting the film to use them. Not going to happen. Not from the Polaroid corp anyway.
Fuji to the rescue!!!!
There are 2 different size formats of cameras and film. Whether you need the instant peel apart snaps for IDs or the faux SX-70. Black & White or Color.
So step up to the plate and fear not. Long Live The New Instant King.
And we’ll be posting the real world review of this pup, once it’s in our hands. And perfect timing, what with the holidays and all.
Check out B&H for the best prices on the cameras and film. That was our research anyway. Urban Outfitters has them but about 2.5 times the B&H price. I’m just saying.
I will admit that I stockpiled 2 cases of film to fit my Polaroid 110B, but when that goes out of date, one of my favorite cameras of all time becomes a display model only.
For those who may care, and for a bit of history, meet the Swinger, Polaroid Swinger.
and here is the holiday commercial from the 80’s:
There is a site dedicated to saving Polaroid , and they even point you to another site that has some limited quantities of Polaroid film for sale. Tres expensive, but it’s there. for now. They even tell you the expiration date. Save some for me, though.