Mint-condition Polaroid SX-70s sell out in a day -- more available in October

Mint-condition Polaroid SX-70s sell out in a day -- more available in October

Summary: Photo-enthusiast candy shop Photojojo sells 50 refurbished Polaroid SX-70s in one day, but promises to have more in stock mid-October.

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Oh how I loved my old Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera.  It was actually my dad's, but after his initial infatuation with it, he let it languish in a drawer until I rediscovered it 10 years later as a high school student in the '80s. I loved everything about this first instant SLR, from the real leather panels (the same color as my favorite Frye boots), to the funky rubbery bellows-like sides that made it look both retro and modern at once. Instant photos aside, I even loved how the disposable Flash Bar plugged in and each of the 10 bulbs melted into a crazy blob once it was spent. And of course my fascination with the innovative folding design must've been a harbinger of my future obsession with electronic gadgets.

Imagine my delight yesterday when I saw that Photojojo (one of my fave photo gadget sites) was selling original SX-70s restored to mint condition. The price seemed steep to me at $290, since you can find them selling on eBay for closer to $150, but apparently plenty of folks are willing to cough up quite a bit more for a guarantee from Photojojo (and to save themselves from eBay hassle). In fact, all 50 of the limited edition units listed yesterday were sold out within a day.  But don't fret if you missed the boat. Today, the site indicates there will be more stock shipping by mid-October. Of course, they've quietly bumped the price up to a whopping $350 now, but who can put a price on nostalgia? Oh, and if you're worried about where you can get film after Polaroid stopped producing it back in 2008, don't fret: The Impossible Project -- which bought Polaroid production machinery before it was relegated to the scrap heap and is leasing part of a former Polaroid plant in the Netherlands -- produces and sells film for SX-70s and other Polaroid instant cameras. It'll set you back close to three bucks a shot, though, so don't start deleting those iPhone apps just yet.

And for a real trip down memory lane, check out this fabulous 10-minute advertisement for the SX-70 from the '70s:

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  • RE: Mint-condition Polaroid SX-70s sell out in a day -- more available in October

    That commercial is awesome but, honestly, I do not remember high quality images coming from such a camera.
    slickjim
    • RE: Mint-condition Polaroid SX-70s sell out in a day -- more available in October

      @Peter Perry -- The film varied from batch to batch. The color quality and sharpness could be quite good -- or quite disappointing. Regardless, the classic peel-apart materials still set the standard for image quality.
      GrizzledGeezer
  • Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

    ...but it was cool, back in the day. Now, not so much.
    james.vandamme
  • RE: Mint-condition Polaroid SX-70s sell out in a day -- more available in October

    Never had the phancy polaroid, but I did have my polaroid camera. I really enjoyed the instant picture, but the quality was always poor, and, of course, no reprints. I do still have one image from it that I treasure. It's of my parents standing in the living room, holding each other and posing. My dad passed away in 1974, not long after the picture was taken, and mom in 2004.
    boomchuck1
  • RE: Mint-condition Polaroid SX-70s sell out in a day -- more available in October

    Considering that a 10 pack sold for around $10 it was way expensive. During the same time it was introduced (1972) the minimum wage was $1.60 / hr., a gallon of gasoline was 29.9 cents, candy bars were 10 cents, my parents had just bought a pretty nice house for $18,500 and dad was into driving used Oldsmobiles with 400 plus cubic inch V-8's that had no cup holders but at least 4 cigarette lighters / ashtrays for under $1000. School lunches were 35 cents. One was embarrassed to have your parents drive you to school. We were taught the 8 parts of speech and diagramed sentences in English class. We did long division in Math and had to show our work.
    Mr. Science
    • RE: Mint-condition Polaroid SX-70s sell out in a day -- more available in October

      @Mr. Science When was this? 1850? Nah, seriously, I remember those days and I remember my SX70. Not sure if I don't have one in a box somewhere :)

      Killer design idea I must add and no, quality wasn't overly good.
      guiri
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