Product Type: Polaroid cameras
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Polaroid 600 FF
Member Name: Larrabee
Polaroid 600 FF
Date: 04/07/10, updated on 04/07/10 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, different, easy to use
Disadvantages: Very expensive film, frequently poor results
I have owned my Polaroid instant camera for 12 years now and its still going strong! Unfortunately Polaroid have stopped manufacturing both the camera and the film that it uses.
You can still get the camera fairly cheaply on ebay, but maybe not for very much longer so if you want to snap (excuse the pun) up a piece of photographic history now might be your best chance. The film is also available on ebay but the price is creeping up as it becomes rarer, so use it wisely.
The camera is quite large, especially compared to modern digital cameras, it probably won't fit in your handbag and definitely not your pocket. There is an adjustable handle on one side of the camera to make holding it easy.
To load and unload the film, you push a button on the side of the camera and a flap drops to reveal a slot for the cartridge, there is an arrow to let you know which direction to load the film. When you have used all the pictures, simply press the button to re-open the flap and pull the empty cartridge out using the tab provided. Its really very simple and user friendly.
To take a picture, you lift a large flap on the front of the camera to reveal the lens and the flash. The viewfinder is at the back of the camera to the left and the shutter button is on the right hand side. After pressing the shutter button, one exposed film will come out of the slot at the front, all you have to do is wait for it to develop and hey presto, you've got your photo!
Each film cartridge gives you ten pictures, and you can check how many you have left by looking into the little round peephole on top of the camera on the left. The price per photograph is quite high so thankfully its very hard to take an accidental photograph of your shoes or the wall, as the shutter button requires quite a bit of pressure, it would be hard to press it fully without meaning to.
The polaroid may seem a bit obsolete in the world of digital photography. After all, the initial appeal was being able to see your photographs as soon as they were taken and this is now the case with most new cameras, you can see them on the LCD screen or use a home printer to have almost immediate high quality prints. But a lot of people are still very fond of the old Polaroid cameras, and most of my friends and family are still very pleased and excited when I bring the Polaroid to an event. There is something iconic and nostalgic about it, and about the little square pictures with the white borders that everyone recognises.
The Polaroid 600 isn't the camera to use if you want perfect results though, its more for fun snapshots as its quite unpredictable. It never seems to focus properly, the colours are always a little off and its easy to get blurry results. As the existing film gets older and older, results with it will probably deteriorate as well. Most of the film available is technically past its 'best before' date now but you can still get similar results for a long time after this date.
It doesn't really have many special features, there is a nice bright flash, and an option to slide a template in front of the viewfinder to help you frame portrait shots but that's about it! Its design, while not exactly a thing of beauty, is a classic and instantly recognisable.
The Polaroid 600 is easy to use, fun and makes a nice change to using a digital camera. They won't be around forever, which is a real shame, but while they're still here, I would recommend a used one to anyone who has never had an instant camera before or to people who had them in the past and have fond memories.
Summary: I suppose you'll either love it or be completely disinterested (understandably so!) I love it!
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