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#PolaroidWeek2014 Day 2: The Frog

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In 1997, Polaroid introduced a rounded, bulbous version of their popular One Step design. They were available in multiple colors, the most common of which seems to be green.   The gray version is known as the whale, and the green ones are frogs. Being among the last Polaroids produced, they are plentiful and usually still functional.

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I have three frogs in my collection. Two work fine and the third had an unfortunate gavitational encounter.

I chose to load one with a pack of Polaroid 600 which had expired in July of 2009. Although not refrigerated, I know it was stored in a cool dry location prior to my acquisition.

In use the Frog is simple. Focus is fixed at 4 feet to infinity. A sliding closeup lens allows focus from 2-4 feet. The large yellow button on the side fires the shutter and flash, but a smaller gray tab below it allows shooting with ambient light only. This is a very handy if not obvious feature.

I’m very happy with the results.

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Clarabel

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Here they are with a slight bit of color correction:

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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