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Can you still get Polaroid cameras or film

Polaroid cameras and Polaroid film are gone, but not forgotten Chris' Camera Center even has fresh film for some models

Although Polaroid Corporation announced in February 2008 that they would stop making film for instant cameras, there are still fresh films
being made for many models.

Fujifilm makes superb film for certain cameras.

If you have a Polaroid Land camera that used Type 108, 107, 667, 668 or Type 669 film you're really in luck! These were the folding Polaroid pack film models where you pulled the film out of the camera, waited 10 to 60 seconds and peeled it apart. Polaroid also made non-folding cameras such as the Color Pack and the Big Shot.

In addition to cameras made by Polaroid, Keystone Instant Cameras used the same film. So did Polaroid backs for Hasselblads, Mamiya, Bronicas - even the Polaroid backs Marty Forscher made for Nikon 35mm cameras.

Fujifilm makes professional quality film to fit perfectly in those Polaroid cameras. The FP-100C is color film and each pack makes 10 photos 3 by 4 inches.

About flash: the flash bulbs and cubes and flash bars used in those cameras aren't made anymore, but the folding pack cameras have a standard PC synch socket. You can use a flash but the camera won't adjust its exposure automatically. Set your flash to full power, set the camera all the way to "darken", and stand about six feet from your subject. If the pictures are too dark, get closer to the subject. If they are too light, stand farther away. It's not perfect, but it's a good workaround.

The ultimate Polaroid folder are the Model 180 and the Model 195. They used big lenses with conventional shutters and f-stops, so you could set any exposure you wanted and use just about any flash unit with a PC cord.

If your Polaroid Land camera spit the photos out the front after you took the picture, you may be able to get film for it. This would include models such as the Polaroid SX-70, the Sun, the Spirit and the 680.

The Impossible Project was launched in 2008 to manufacture film for these legacy cameras. They bought some of Polaroid's manufacturing equipment and conquered some of the huge problems to bring new film to market, which is now available at Chris' Camera Center.

This is not a general purpose film! It's intended for the creative experimenter, for the artsy. You've got to protect it from strong light while it's developing, and it doesn't do well with weak lighting. And at the hefty price of about $3 a shot, those blank shots are really painful. The Good News: When these do come out, they come out amazing. Like nothing else out there. If you are looking for a unique artsy look, these are pretty fine.

Available for cameras that used either SX-70 film or Type 600 film. With integral battery. 8 shots per package, $27.99.

New instant cameras are still being made - but not by Polaroid:

Fujifilm makes a series of brand-new cameras that take excellent photographs, and don't cost a fortune to feed! We've got them. The cost per shot is about 1/3rd the cost of Impossible Project film, and the color of the photos is much more natural.

With its automatically-adjusting flash, high-resolution retracting lens and a big, clear viewfinder, the Fujifilm Instax 300 captures and delivers vivid, high-quality prints in an instant. Built-in electronic flash. $129.99

Instax Wide Format Film has an image size of 3.90 x 2.44 - about the size of some older Polaroid films. Film for 20 prints, $24.99 (that's a box with 2 packs of 10 photos each)

 

 

The Fuji Instax Mini produces photos the size of credit card. Image size or printed area: 62 X 46mm or 2.5 X 1.8 inches. The cameras have a built-in electronic flash. Unlike the old Polaroid cameras the batteries are regular AA batteries, instead of being locked in the film pack.
Film for 20 prints, $21.99

There are great leather cases for these smaller cameras.

Fuji also makes the same cameras that are sold labeled as Polaroid brand in some of the big box stores. The same Fuji Instax Mini film can be used in those. Personally, I prefer cameras that go by the name of the folks who made them!