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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Be the First to Ride the Crest of Polaroid Rage

posted by on August 12 at 16:00 PM

Engadget reports that Polaroid is about to release the world’s first digital camera that prints photos on a built-in printer, along the same lines as the recently expired Polaroid film cameras. The camera should be out by Christmas.

Apparently, there’s a poll you can take to help decide what the camera will look like here. There’s probably no way to make it look like this:


Two thoughts:

1: I’m surprised that it took them this long to make this.


2: This will make absolutely none of these people happy.

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I'll just continue using Fuji instant pack film in my Polaroid backs. It's better than the Polaroid stuff anyways. I'll miss the integral stuff though. We have about 20 packs left, then it's all gone.

Posted by Fnarf | August 12, 2008 5:08 PM

I wish there was an easy way to rig a digital Holga.

Posted by Dougsf | August 12, 2008 5:28 PM

This could possibly be the closest that photography has come to the Flintstones in the history of its existence.

Posted by kinaidos | August 12, 2008 5:51 PM


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Posted by Self-Hating Hipster | August 12, 2008 6:08 PM

Screw Polaroid. I've been waiting for this day since 1985, when film for my Kodamatic was lawyered out of existence by those greedy bastards.

Posted by emma's bee | August 12, 2008 8:36 PM

Yeah, screw Polaroid. Before digital cameras, before everyone even had a digital camera built into their fukkin' cell phone, $10 for ten bleary instant photos might have been an acceptable price for anyone unable to wait for (or use) the local photo lab. The antiques dealer needing to make a reference photo at an auction, the retailer needing to get a mug shot of a shoplifter, the odd pedophile unable to risk a snoopy employee at the Walgreen's film lab...

But in 2008, $10 for a ten-pack of instant photos is just too damned much.

Suck it, retro-hipster-wannabes. If a viable niche market continues to exist for instamatic film, some clever person will figure out how to fill it.

Posted by Hoyt Clagwell | August 12, 2008 9:30 PM

Oh, now, Instamatic's a whole 'nuther thing. The last manufacturer of 126 cartridges closed up shop last year. We have a dozen or so cartridges in the freezer; when they're gone, all of our Kodak Instamatics are worthless.

Instamatic != Polaroid != all instant film.

Posted by Fnarf | August 12, 2008 10:40 PM

@2: chop the lens off a Holga, cut a hole in a DSLR body cap, glue them together. You can find detailed plans on the intertubes.

Posted by Fnarf | August 12, 2008 10:43 PM

Fnarf, do you need any 667? I have a fridge full of the stuff. I bought 500 exposures of it a few years ago off eBay, and haven't been using it at the rate I should be.

Posted by Andy | August 13, 2008 8:38 AM

i was on the ave on saturday and some people tried it out by taking a picture of me. it looks pretty neat but the camera isn't attached to the printer. you plug the little battery powered printer printer into the camera and about five minutes later out pops a picture (maybe 4" x 3") that you can peel the back off and stick to things.

well at least i think thats what they're talking about. it's made by polaroid and such.

Posted by whomsRU | August 13, 2008 8:58 AM

@7 Fnarf, not sure if you were referring to my post @ 5, but my Kodamatic used proprietary film; nothing would work after Polaroid won their suit in 85-86. From

First, a few Frequently Asked Questions:
There is no film currently available for your Kodak Instant camera.
The correct name for these cameras is "Kodak Instant" or (for later models) "Kodamatic" cameras. Understandably, you'll often see references to these cameras confused with the Kodak "Instamatic" camera line, but they're really two very different things. "Instamatics" are conventional cameras that use 126 cartridge film (I'd compare/contrast 126 with the other 35mm 'replacements' through history such as 828, Rapid, and APS, but that's another story).The "Insta-" prefix was apparently supposed to refer to the "instant" loading made possible by the 126 cartridge. ...However, I do wonder if the near-reference to instant photography was not entirely accidental. [NOTE: In later years, Kodak extended the "Instamatic" name for other camera lines, including their first few product cycles of Super-8 movie cameras and 110 cartridge film cameras (the latter being called "Pocket Instamatics")].

Posted by emma's bee | August 13, 2008 9:30 AM

No, Emma's Bee, I was referring to Hoyt Clagwell, who used "instamatic" to mean instant film. I'm aware of your Kodamatic problem; I see those beasts all the time in thrift stores, but, as you point out, no film, not even ridiculously expired.

The "insta" in Instamatic refers to the loading -- you drop a cartridge in, and don't have to fiddle with winding the end of the film in. Pops out when you're done, too -- no rewinding. And SUCH high quality (though there were a couple of Instamatics with exposure and aperture control, and I think even an SLR. Mrs. Fnarf has a 110 SLR outfit, which is completely ridiculous, and wonderful.

Andy, I'd love to have some 667. I can use that in my Speed Magny: The complex mirrors reduce that 3000 ISO FIVE STOPS, to about ISO 100 -- nice and grainy. If you contact me on my Flickr maybe we can work something out.

Posted by Fnarf | August 13, 2008 9:53 AM

@2 and Fnarf, you don't have to get quite so extreme as to behead your holga. These dudes make holga lenses that fit on digi cams. I have one for my canon rebel xti and it is radical:

Posted by briboz | August 13, 2008 11:09 AM

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