polaroid sx-70

shapes and squares

Well I finally got hold of a Polaroid SX-70 camera – just what I needed, another camera! The film is also difficult to get hold of, I had to order a couple of films from Vienna – www.unsaleable.com is the place to go for these but please don’t go there and buy it all! I love the bluish cast of this film, and as it is out of date it has odd colours (which I love!) and the picture look all dreamy and surreal. Excellent, just the effect I was looking for. Retro pictures! The SX-70 TZ film will eventually run out, and that’s when I will need to modify the SX-70 camera to take Polaroid 600 film which is relatively easy to get (at present). This modification consists of replacing a capacitor under the hood for a 15pf one that you can get at any electronics supplier/website. I will do that when I can no longer get TZ film.


6 thoughts on “polaroid sx-70

  1. Hi there,

    I’ve noticed on a site somewhere (wish I could remember) that you can actually get an ND filter for the SX-70. This would mean you wouldn’t have to go tinkering with the insides to be able to accomodate the 600 films.

    You wouldn’t want to void your warranty now would you 🙂


  2. Have a look on Polaroid’s website for the SX-70, they have some options on what to do to use 600 or the better 779 film

  3. Thanks both for the advice, looks like I’m going to have to do some more reading. I dont really want to take the SX-70 apart if I can help it, although if I have to I will!

  4. 600 Film
    The 600 film is our most standard square format film, which can be bought in most photo retail shops around the world.
    779 Film
    If you would like to use a more professional alternative, try 779 film, which can be bought in specialist shops in local markets or via Polaroid online (not available in all markets – visit http://www.polaroid.com for more information). 779 film has very specific skin tones – this characteristic can also be of interest to professional photographers.

    How to use my SX-70 camera with type 600 or 779 film?
    Please follow these steps to adjust the film and camera:

    600 / 779 Film
    The 600 and 779 films have four little plastic nubs at the bottom, which prevent them from being loaded in a camera designed for SX-70 film. You have 2 options:

    * You can remove the two nubs in the middle in order to load the film.

    * You can use the dark slide of a previously loaded instant film to load the film without removing the nubs. Hold the dark slide (also known as black tab or cover sheet) under and slightly beyond the pack while loading it. The idea is to have something smooth that covers the nubs as the pack is inserted.

    SX-70 Camera
    Now that you have loaded either 600 or 779 film into your SX-70 camera, you have to overcome the fact that this film is four times faster than SX-70 / Time-Zero film.

    This cannot be achieved by adjusting the exposure control settings. Even if you alter your settings to reflect the dark, your pictures will still be overexposed.

    If you only plan to take photographs in broad daylight:

    * Reduce the amount of incoming light by affixing a 2-stop neutral density (ND) filter in front of the lens. Please note that this will also darken the view in your finder.

    * Alternatively, you can try a 1-stop ND filter and set the exposure control 1.5 stops to darken. Use a coated filter to get the best results.

    If you take photographs in any light:

    * Remove the filter retaining ring (the little chrome ring which surrounds the photocell) by gently pushing the tip of a small knife under the edge and popping out the ring. Remove the small round neutral density filter.

    * Replace with a similarly thin piece of clear plastic (e.g. from a CD box). Re-fit the housing, insert the film and affix a 1-stop ND filter in front of the lens. The exposure-control settings should now allow you to compensate for the film speed.

    Remember the exposure-control returns to zero when you fold the camera.

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