Friday, September 23, 2011

Garage Sale Find - The 80's Polaroid

   A couple of weeks ago I discovered another Garage Sale close to my house that is being held by 3 nice ladies. I saw it a few times before I decided to go take a look at what they had. They had clothes, shoes, plates, cups and many other things. Plus they had this SUPER CUTE Polaroid Instant Camera that I spotted when I was selecting other items.

Garage Sale Find - The 80's Polaroid

   As soon as I picked it from the table the lady that was selling it told me that it still worked. So I opened it and discovered its gorgeous color combination. Then pressed the shutter to find out if everything sounded right and the flash was still working. I brought it home, cleaned it and started to research about it and its film. I found out, among other things, that this particular model was produced in 1988 and that Polaroid discontinued the production of the film around 2008. As I kept on searching I found out that there was another company producing 600 film for Polaroid instant cameras; Impossible Project.

Garage Sale Find - The 80's Polaroid

   I was thrilled when I found out about Impossible Project until I saw their prices. A pack with 8 exposures was almost $30 with shipping.

Garage Sale Find - The 80's Polaroid

   I decided I would buy the film anyways because I REALLY wanted to see if the camera was working and I was very curious about how the pictures would turn out, here is the result.

Garage Sale Find - The 80's Polaroid

   I enjoyed taking these pictures, they brought back those times when my grandma would bring all the family together for a Polaroid Picture. My favorite is the one in the middle, it has the soft colors and focus that is characteristic of Polaroid and is at a nice exposure level. I think the other 2 pictures are overexposed, even though I shot them all in the same way. I must say that, even though I liked my pictures, I'm a little disappointed with the quality of the film. I thought that for more than $3 a picture they would have taken better care in the production. I'm aware that they make the film very sensitive so you can manipulate lighting and colors, but some of the pictures show a hideous blot in their upper area that doesn't seem to be part of its charm.

Garage Sale Find - The 80's Polaroid

   Finding this treasure brought back memories of when I had my first instant camera, a Polaroid JoyCam. Since my interest in instant photography was renewed I started to research about other cameras for which film is easily available and found a really good one, but that's another post.

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14 comments:

  1. I think the pictures look really good

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  2. @ Miss Lou: Thanks, I liked them too, my favorite is the one with the palm tree. We shot it in Old San Juan, right in front of El Capitolio. I kind of edited the post to let people know that I did like them, I was sleepy when I wrote this :D.

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  3. I am so jealous! Your pictures look great and that camera is SUCH a fabulous find!

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  4. @ Miss Lumpy: Thank you very much! I'm in love with it. Have an awesome day.

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  5. What a fun camera to find! It's a shame that it's so hard to find the film now. At a reasonable price that is. I would have thought that since the reintroduced the instant cameras they would start making it again. Hope you find a better deal on more film. I love the soft tones that it produces.

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  6. @ Anita: It was very fun indeed. I was very sad when I found out that they discontinued the film. Good news is that on my research I found an instant camera for which film is easily available, I'll be blogging about it soon. Have an awesome week!

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  7. Ah, yes, I remember the Polaroid cameras! I remember how amazed we were that pictures came right out of the camera! The pics you took look pretty good! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comment! Nice to meet you!
    Cindy

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  8. @ Cindy: Aw, the nostalgia. Thank you very much for stopping by to say such nice words. Have a nice day!

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  9. Didnt know polaroid made a muticolor cool cam

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  10. i want it so muchhhhh! but no where to get online

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  11. are you planning on selling this? If not, do you have any idea where i can find a colorful Polaroid camera?

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    1. Ebay? I'm not planning on selling this one. Sorry.

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