Story behind the Polaroid SX-70

Streetshooter

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Jul 12, 2010
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Philly, Pa
I loved that camera. I had the chrome version with the tan leatherette covering.
I used it all the time as a color camera next to my M's.
Some of my favorite, best images were made with it.
 
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BBW

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I never had that one, but would have loved it. I still have two polaroids...but they're nothing at all like this beauty. Mine are plastic, but I still like them. I wish we still had polaroids. Am I correct that one can still buy film somewhere?
 

andrewh973

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Mar 13, 2011
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NYC metro are
Don,
I had the exact same camera, together with a matching leather case. I received it as a gift (used) from an acquaintance who was moving -- late 80's. Used it a few times, and loved it. Unfortunately, it was stolen not long after.
 

BillN

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Aug 25, 2010
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We had something like it - I always felt that it was a bit of a novelty and most of the time it was used for "people shots" indoors

I think, well I'm sure, that we threw ours away - it belonged to the company I worked for
 

Streetshooter

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Jul 12, 2010
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Philly, Pa
I knew a guy named Marty Fumo, yeah... His brother... That used the SX70 for years. He made wonderful images and exhibited all the time.
Remember, these images are 1 of a kind...so you made limited editions with it.
There's a quality in them that has never been duplicated.
In the time, critics stated that the photos weren't archival.
Hmmmmm, I have hundreds of them and nary a one is fading or damaged... All this from the early 70's.
 

Brian

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Jul 7, 2010
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I still have the one that I bought for my Dad over 30 years ago.

I still use my Polaroids, although not as much as I used to. Nikki would walk into a camera shop and announce "My favorite camera is Polaroid."

I still use a Tektronix C-4 scope camera at work. This past week, I used it with a $150K Spec Analyzer. Had to let the Tektronix sales rep know. he told me how to disable the touch screen for future use with the C-4.
 

BBW

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Herman, I never knew that about you! I do remember your posting about the Impossible Project, but not the fact that you'd worked for Polaroid. Thank you for letting us know and for reminding me (and showing others) this link!
 

silverbullet

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Oct 20, 2010
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Germany
In the Ninetees I was pretty close to Polaroid. Doing marketing for the tape division of JVC Pola was one of our biggest OEM customers. Our price/quantity/production meetings had been hard but very fair and after the office very friendly. I rember my visits in Cambridge and the after business visits of Legal Seafood or Martha' vinyard or Cape Cod........great.......and long gone.
During the patent fight between Pola and Kodak I had to create my biggest spreadsheet of all time: We supported Pola by storing their complete order quantity to allow them to get a better cash situation. Our japaneese account managers, calculating with an Abakus-yes coulnd't believe how fast Excel could be.
In all these years I always forgot to ask something about their cameras, mainly the ugly plastic boxes with strange designs.

The SX-70 aka 'Aladin' was in the seventies a mega-in product as the first Sony walkman or the first iPod.
At the Cote Azur the 'Better People' had the SX-70 and you could hear in/out/beside the expensive restaurants of St. Tropez, Nice or Cannes the buzz and whirl of the transport mechanism......

Today I have a SX-70, Pola 600 and the pro 180. Different philosophy of taking pictures and I'm not so close to it but like the 'spirit' in it.

BTW: Mr Land the founder was one of the first 'Greens' over there. During my first visit of the factory it was totally hidden in the forest and at the head of each assy-line there had been big containers with green flowers to allow the workers to look at plants and not only machinery.

Pola is gone, Kodak may follow, it was a battle at that time which no one had won.......
 

BBW

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Berndt, thank your that trip back in time. It makes me feel a bit sad and nostalgic... I am, however, happy about the green flowers!

Christina, thank you so much for reviving this thread and for letting us know about the New York exhibit and your friend!
 

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