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Week 48 – Spectra

I recently discovered a stray pack of expired Impossible Silver Shade for my Spectra. I didn’t expect much and thus was pleasantly surprised.

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Kiddo & Grampa Warren
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Family
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This was the only one I had to lighten in post-processing.
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Accidental double exposure

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I hear the newest Impossible films are getting pretty good. I may need to order a pack or two. The Spectra was fun to work with again.

Week 20 – Surprise!

While I was awaiting the return of my slides from the lab, I grabbed my Polaroid Spectra for a few quick shots.  It had a pack of Impossible B&W which I needed to finish.

Imagine my surprise when these popped out.  I really shouldn’t let cameras sit around with film in them for so long.

Week 21 – Recital

Skipping ahead to the present. . .

This week was Beth’s year-end band concert. She and her classmates did great.

I packed along my SX70 and my Instax Min 90. I figured there wasn’t much point in trying to get shots of her across the crowded auditorium, so I concentrated on portraits.

The SX70 was loaded with expired Impossible PX680 with an ND filter.  I didn’t expect much from the film, but I did get one decent portrait of Ericka and Beth.

The Instax did a more predictable job.

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Beth & Jasmine

After the show we always go to the Agawam Diner for pie with friends. Jasmine’s brother Walter had never seen an instant photograph before and was mesmerized by the Instax.

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#PolaroidWeek 2014 – October 21

This week I am participating in Polaroid Week on Flickr and Twitter.  I’ve been itching to shoot with one of my pack cameras anyway. Today I selected the Automatic Land 220 and loaded it with FP100c color film.

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My 220 is special in my collection. My grandfather bought it when he retired and took it on vacation. When it came to me it still had a customs inspection sticker from Bermuda on the back.  Of course I’ve preserved it.

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The 220 features a plastic lens, the more complicated “scene selector” shutter assembly and a fixed, non-folding rangefinder. I’ve converted mine to use AAA batteries.

The weather wasn’t great today, so I chose the desolation of Hampton Beach in the off-season.

Mystery Machine

Mystery Machine

October at the beach

 

October at the beach

 

 

Week 76 -Polaroid Time Zero OneStep

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For week 76, I chose the last SX-70 in my collection. This Time Zero OneStep was my grandfather’s. It was cooler than ours because it has the 2359 flash instead of a flashbar.

Unfortunately the 2359 is its primary handicap. It often fails to fire and locks up the camera. Oddly it works fine on my other OneStep, and the Mint flashbar works fine with this camera.

The camera works fine without the flash, though. I loaded a pack of Impossible Silver Frame and took it to the Fairchester Hose Haulers muster this past weekend.

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1965 GMC/Sanford
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ALF 500 Series
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1949 Oshkosh
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Business End

Wordless (Thursday)

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Polaroid Colorpack II – Week 64 Results

The Colorpack II is a cool Polaroid, if a bit quirky.

The scale focusing is simple to use, and there is a mirror arrangement which makes the setting visible in the viewfinder. There are two apertures, marked 75 and 3000 for color and B&W film respectively.

When shooting 3000 ASA B&W film, the depth of field is so wide that the camera can be focused at 5 feet and forgotten. Alas, Fuji took that option away from us this spring. (BRING BACK FP3000b!)

The camera features a large plastic handle on the strap, which Polaroid advises to hold while pulling the tabs. This is necessary as the spreader bars provide more resistance than the rollers used on more expensive pack cameras.

Some users complain about the shutter release being located on the front standard and its causing camera shake. I feel this minor issue is offset by its use of regular AA batteries.

Although a cheap entry level model, the Colorpack II is still capable of beautiful images. It’s small and tough; I’m not afraid to carry it around. My only complaint is that I miss the ringing sound made by the rollers of the more expensive units.

Wheels

Iron

Ford

Gradall

All shot on Fuji FP100c, which is sadly the only film currently in production for these cameras.