SX-70 Land Camera


Polaroid

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The SX-70 Land Camera

Instant film camera produced in the 1970s. Now the SX-70 is often used for creative Polaroid manipulation techniques.

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First 10 of 14 Reviews  (see all user reviews)

Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Marianne Jensen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/9/2003
5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/19/2006 6:50:22 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/19/2006 6:50:22 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/19/2006 6:50:22 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/19/2006 6:50:22 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/19/2006 6:50:22 AM
Rating: 5 out of 5
I gave this camera the highest rating because of the fun you can have with it. While the emulsion is still wet, you can use tools to PUSH the emulsion around which causes a painterly effect. Sadly, film will no longer be made for this camera. They may have stopped production already.
5/19/2006 6:50:22 AM
 
Margaret Taylor 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/4/2006 11:13:22 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/4/2006 11:13:22 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/4/2006 11:13:22 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/4/2006 11:13:22 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/4/2006 11:13:22 AM
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
With the baffles! Yeah, it's way old school but I still like it, just can't find film for it anywhere.
3/4/2006 11:13:22 AM
 
channy bess
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/31/2006
3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/31/2006 8:56:20 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/31/2006 8:56:20 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/31/2006 8:56:20 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/31/2006 8:56:20 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/31/2006 8:56:20 PM
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
great, I love polaroid cameras
1/31/2006 8:56:20 PM
 
Karen Johansson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/5/2005
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4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/10/2006 1:09:14 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/10/2006 1:09:14 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/10/2006 1:09:14 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/10/2006 1:09:14 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/10/2006 1:09:14 PM
Rating: 4 out of 5
For SX-70 manipulations this is the only camera to use. I have seen some stuff done with a modified Polaroid 600 and have not been impressed.
1/10/2006 1:09:14 PM
 
Carol A. Robinson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2001
2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 10/12/2005 12:06:50 PM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 10/12/2005 12:06:50 PM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 10/12/2005 12:06:50 PM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 10/12/2005 12:06:50 PM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 10/12/2005 12:06:50 PM
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
foe manipulating photos this is a terriffic little camera
10/12/2005 12:06:50 PM
 
Marshall J. Darling
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/14/2004
5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/16/2005 7:33:24 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/16/2005 7:33:24 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/16/2005 7:33:24 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/16/2005 7:33:24 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/16/2005 7:33:24 PM
Rating: 5 out of 5
The SX-70 was designed in 1972 as Polaroid's first non-peel-apart film camera. Manipulation Artists like Andy Worhol discovered that the film was soft -some time for days and the images could be made to look like Impressionistic Paintings. The lines, the flowers, the roofs, the windows -- all become softly edged and flowing into each other. The rules of basic composition still hold fast (it's a small image so fill the frame) but after you finish your "painting" you will discover an entirely new way of looking at the world. It has become my passion and I make a little side money on eBay selling the cameras and How To Manual. Really beautiful cameras can go for over $150 but if you get a Pronto hard plastic SX-70 shooter you’ll only spend @ $10-15 + shipping.
5/16/2005 7:33:24 PM
 
Kevin Elliott
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/10/2004
4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/24/2005 5:09:57 AM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/24/2005 5:09:57 AM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/24/2005 5:09:57 AM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/24/2005 5:09:57 AM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/24/2005 5:09:57 AM
Rating: 4 out of 5
Of little use as a camera compared to digicams, however as a source of images to manipulate it's excellent.

Worth looking for a Cu70 close up kit and electronic flash as well - then you can photograph your prints from 35mm or whatever and manipulate them! Max control for super effects.

1/24/2005 5:09:57 AM
 
Jill M. Martin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2004
3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/18/2004 2:01:45 AM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/18/2004 2:01:45 AM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/18/2004 2:01:45 AM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/18/2004 2:01:45 AM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 5/18/2004 2:01:45 AM
Rating: 3 out of 5
This is an excellent camera for creative manipulation. I highly recommend obtaining the flash, tripod, and any other tools that may be offered. This camera is in the high fun level range.
5/18/2004 2:01:45 AM
 
Chris M. O'Brien 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/19/2004 2:44:35 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/19/2004 2:44:35 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/19/2004 2:44:35 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/19/2004 2:44:35 PM 3.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/19/2004 2:44:35 PM
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
By itself the polariod sx-70 is solid working wise but gives dull unsaturated images without manipulating them-with manipulation colors come to life
4/19/2004 2:44:35 PM
 
Stefano G. Verdesoto 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/14/2004 5:53:09 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/14/2004 5:53:09 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/14/2004 5:53:09 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/14/2004 5:53:09 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/14/2004 5:53:09 PM
Rating: 3 out of 5
very good i love it!
2/14/2004 5:53:09 PM
 
Skid Loader 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/22/2003 8:27:34 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/22/2003 8:27:34 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/22/2003 8:27:34 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/22/2003 8:27:34 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/22/2003 8:27:34 AM
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I use the SX-70 for my small mixed media drawings/paintings. I find that with the manual focus and aperture I can manipulate the image much more than with other instamatics. I also can still get film for it.
7/22/2003 8:27:34 AM
 

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