#Camerathursdays is our excuse to show off the cameras that we love. And the pictures we take with them. This week’s camera is a much-loved classic, the Polaroid Sonar SX-70, a camera that’s been given new life by the efforts of the folks at the The Impossible Project. It’s the third Polaroid camera we’ve featured on #camerathursdays – and I have a feeling it won’t be the last.
Camera: Polaroid SONAR OneStep SX-70
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“The SX-70 is a mechanical marvel, and a really fun camera to use. I’ve always been attracted to cameras with imperfect results (like the Holga, or the previously featured Agfa Box), and Polaroid cameras certainly are that. But what I love is that it’s an SLR. I’m big on composition, and this allows me to be pretty exact with the framing and focal point (I rarely use the auto-focus). But at the same time, you have to surrender control. There’s something arbitrary in the way you use the darkness wheel to determine the exposure. Photos can come out with strange undeveloped patches or heat spots. And yet there’s nothing like a Polaroid photo. And having that immediate output really helps you edit the content for a book too. I started just shooting in black and white, but have recently fallen in love with the Impossible Project’s Cool color film.
The SX-70 was a favorite of Walker Evans, Andy Warhol, Ray Eames, Chuck Close, and others. It was truly modern. It still feels that way. In fact take one look at this, then at an iPhone, and you’ll certainly see a resemblance.”
Here are some photos from the SX-70: