8 Exposures Vol. 3: Hands On With A Vintage Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera

I recently pulled the trigger on a camera that I’ve been wanting for some time now. No, not the latest Canon or Nikon DSLR, instead, the Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera, originally released in 1972. The SX-7o is considered to be the crowning achievement of Polaroid founder, Edward H. Land. In fact, according to photography and Polaroid enthusiast, Georg Holderied, the SX-70 is one of the “most sophisticated consumer articles ever made. It is the down to earth equivalent of the Hubble space telescope.” Intense words for a gnarly camera. Intrigued by its unique hardware and foldable design, I took the SX-70 our for a spin during a recent camping trip at Bellows Field Beach Park, located on a beautiful stretch of beach in Waimanalo. Impossible PX 100 Silver Shade Cool Film film was used.

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8 Exposures Vol. 2: Kaiwa Ridge and Bunkers

Took the ol’ Polaroid (Cool Cam 600) with me to Kaiwa Ridge, affectionately known as the Lanikai Pillbox trail. Yes, it’s a crowded trail, but you can’t really argue with the views. Unfortunately for me and my Polaroid, we did the trail early in the morning. Why, unfortunate? The film that I used (Impossible Project PX 680 Color Protection) is very sensitive to light and so it didn’t mix very well with the sun, which would be facing us the entire hike up. You’ll notice that the colors are a lot more muted this time around, compared to those from Volume 1. Whatever subject I tried to focus on, became a silhouette because of the sun light. And although I knew this would be the case, I shot anyway. Luckily, of the 8 exposures, I did have a favorite, “Girl with a ballerina dress and a teddy bear.” I love that shot.

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8 Exposures Vol. 1: Above The Koolau Summit

Note: [REMOVED] is a closed trail and is not open to the public. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairments] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Because of this, many of the photos from this post have been removed. Mahalo.

On a recent trip to New York, I had the chance to stop by the Impossible Project Space New York City, to check out their stock of vintage Polaroid cameras. I ended up leaving the shop with a refurbished Polaroid Cool Cam, circa 1988. I was seven when this camera was released. Essentially, the Cool Cam is a rebranded model of Polaroid’s Sun 600 line of cameras (originally released in 1983; I was just two then). I had originally wanted to pick up a rainbow striped OneStep SX-70 Land Camera. However, I found the striking red hardware on the Cool Cam very attractive. It’s like Polaroid had the foresight to do a (Product)RED product before (Product)RED was even a thing. Nonetheless, I had left New York City with a 25-year-old camera, one pack of color film, one pack of black and white film, and a vintage Polaroid carrying bag. I was ready to shoot Hawaii, with Impossible film.

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