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Week 76 -Polaroid Time Zero OneStep


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

Week 56 – Polaroid One Step

On the heels of the success of the SX-70 instant camera, Polaroid needed a mass market offering. Folding SX-70’s were marvels of technology and beauty, but they cost an arm and a leg.

Enter the One Step.  Introduced in 1977, it was a simple rigid-bodied camera using the same integral film technology.  It featured a plastic fixed focus lens, electronic auto exposure, and a socket for a flash bar. Each flash bar featured 10 bulbs to match the 10 exposures in the film pack. The One Step was a snappy dresser, with a black body, white face, and 70’s rainbow accent. It would define the basic shape of a Polaroid for the rest of the company’s history.

One Step on a 600 – shot with the Polaroid Sun 660 Autofocus

Unlike most of my Polaroid collection, this one is a family heirloom. It was our family Polaroid when I was growing up, and my parents made me a gift of it for Christmas a year ago.  One Step cameras were shipped in a few custom badged versions; my BC Series indicates that it came from our local Kmart.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with Impossible Project film. I haven’t been able to achieve consistent results in the past, but their latest offering seems almost as good as original Polaroid. It took me a couple of shots to get the exposure adjustment dialed in, but I’m very happy with the results.

Beth and I took the One Step and my Spectra on a trip to Worcester this week. In use, it’s fun and simple. Point, click, picture. My only negative reaction is that like all non-folding Polaroids, it is a bit large and awkward to carry around. Fortunately it’s not very heavy and has a built-in neck strap. I love it, and it produced some of my best Impossible results to date.

Keep Out

Use Other Door

I’m not sure about the bomb, or why it’s pointed in the wrong direction.

No Trespassing



Polaroid 1000 (international version of the One Step) at Camera Wiki

One Step at the Land List

Manual (scroll down)


Polaroid SX70 Model 2 – week 38 results


Shooting with the SX70 was fairly easy. The camera is held at an odd upward angle in order to keep the lens perpendicular to the ground. The split image focus was easy to work with, although it is located near the bottom of the viewfinder instead of in the center.

I soon discovered that even with the ND filter in place I had to set the exposure wheel two clicks toward darken in order to get proper exposures. Occasionally the mirror would lock up and the camera would refuse to fire, but another press of the shutter button would release it. About half of the time it would eject photos with enough violence to toss them completely out of the camera.

It won’t be an everyday shooter for me, but at 41 years old it’s entitled to a few quirks. I had fun with it.

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Alley – 011713


Ramp – 1/16/13
Polaroid SX70 / Impossible PX70 Color Protection
I want to love this camera. It's a marvelous piece of engineering, but I just can't seem to get the exposure right. I will have to keep trying.

Alley – 1/17/13

Polaroid Automatic 230 / Fuji FP3000b

This one had a little issue with tabs. I was able to salvage it, but it created a double exposure effect. My Thursday partner has taken to this project and we spent much of our free time today looking for interesting sights to photograph. Stay tuned.

Waiting – 011513




Polaroid SX70 Model 2 / Impossible PX100 Color Protection

There is a moment every morning when all four crews make shift change. Very rarely we all roll out and hit the streets at once, off to Save Lives and Make a Difference, or at least make a living. It's a wonderful sight and sound.


I confess this one needed a bit of post processing. My little Mint flash bar is great but not up to photographing a large apparatus bay at night.


Impossible 365 – 011113


Happy Birthday-Eve!
Sun 660 Autofocus / Impossible PX600 Color Protection
Years ago I accidentally created a tradition of bringing home a dozen balloons on someone's birthday. . .


In God We Trust
SX70 / Impossible PX100 Color Protection
I seem to be getting the exposure thing under control.


The Culprits (1)

Part one of the tools for my Impossible 365 Project. Rear row, l to r:

  • Polaroid Impulse, a 600-series thrift store buy for $2. Untested as of yet.
  • SX70 Model 2 – a local Craigslist find. My most expensive Polaroid thus far at $70. White plastic with brown leather.
  • Automatic 250 – my first pack camera, an all-metal flea market find with a huge rangefinder. $25
  • Spectra – a real workhorse. Thrift store, $6. I bought two and sent the other to a friend on Twitter to use.
  • One Step express – my first thrift store find ($6) and my re-entry into instant photography. Beth likes it so much I bought her one identical to it.

Front row, l to r:

  • Sun 600 LMS – the Light Management System. Other than a built-in flash, I'm not sure what this means. Another $6 thrift store find.
  • One Step BC Series – the Polaroid of my youth, an SX70-series box camera on loan from Dad.
  • Time Zero One Step with 2351 flash – the 'Dark Side of the Moon' camera. This one belonged to Gramp and was a Christmas gift from my parents.
  • Sun 660 Autofocus – A bargain! My most recent thrift store find at only $3.99
Shot on Fuji FP3000B with my other Christmas Polaroid, an Automatic 230 pack camera. Dad bought my (his) 230 with his cash bonus upon discharge from the army in 1967. It's similar in features to the 250 but has a plastic chassis and a smaller rangefinder with separate viewing and focusing windows. I've constructed a 'Franken-battery' to allow use of AAA batteries without permanent modifications to the camera.

High Rock – 010813

High Rock - 010813
High Rock – 1/8/13

SX-70 Series 2 / Impossible PX70 Color Protection

I haven’t had the best of luck with my folding SX70. It’s a cool camera and I want to like it, but I haven’t quite worked out the exposure yet. The rest of today’s shots were overexposed to the point of being ruined. Perhaps another attempt tomorrow.

Mos Eisley Medical Center – Impossible 365 – 010313

Mos Eisley Medical Center

Mos Eisley Medical Center, 1/3/13

This hospital always looks to me like it belongs in a Star Wars scene.  I envision these towers staffed with Jawas and medical droids all busily caring for patients.

Polaroid Time Zero One Step / Impossible PX70 Color Protection. Developed in a jacket pocket as temperatures were ~15F.

The Impossible 365 – 010113


Communications Center, 1/1/13

I'm attempting Project 365 again, this time with instant film. I succeeded with digital in 2010 then had aborted attempts in 2011 and 2012.

Today's shot was taken using a Polaroid One Step Time Zero, the 'Dark Side of the Moon' camera. This particular one was my grandfather's and came with a huge electronic flash.

Film is the new Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection.

DSotM camera with #2351 flash