Instant Polaroid cameras is a progression of moment film cameras made through Polaroid Corporation, Edwin Land made it in 1937. The rationality on the back these cameras was to make photography easy and fun, and produce an instant result that would allow people to see the photographs they’ve created in seconds, not days later after the development process.
Polaroid instant cameras used three types of film over the years, including roll film, which used two rolls of film that performed different parts of the development process, pack film, which involved physically removing the film after each shot and removing a layer of the film by hand to complete the development process, and integral film, which is the iconic white bordered, ‘hands off’ self developing film most people associate with a Polaroid camera.
Polaroid Instant cameras have experienced a resurgence in popularity of late, alongside the growth in popularity of vintage or retro style photography. These cameras are quirky devices that produce an interesting and very unique style of print and can be found in very good condition at very cheap prices.
The one downfall of owning a Polaroid is getting film for the camera, as it can be quite expensive and hard to track down. This is changing, however, with groups such as The Impossible Project creating a new instant film for Polaroid cameras for the new generation of Polaroid fans. They are hoping to have products available very soon, but in the meantime, you can keep an eye out on eBay or Amazon for cheap bulk packs of film, or inquire at the specialist camera and film shops.
Polaroid instant cameras are a unique and fun form of photography that is recommended for any photographer or photography enthusiast or even anyone who just likes the idea of an instant, quirky and unique physical memento of a special moment, in a world that seems dominated by the non-physicality of digital photography.
The types of these cameras that were available include;
The Polaroid Automatic 100 was introduced in 1963 and manufactured through 1966. It was Polaroid’s first camera to use their instant “film pack” technology, a great improvement over their earlier roll style films, and was immensely successful. So successful that zillions of them were sold, and therefore zillions are still sitting in closets and attics today.
Shockingly, Polaroid’s create negligible collectible intrigue, the film pack and move film models are not any more usable, it can be found in the latest SX-70 type instant film technology, and the Automatic 100 is possibly the most common Polaroid ever made.
The Model 95 was Polaroid’s first camera, and it was introduced in 1948. They sold zillions of the darn things into the 1950’s, so they really don’t have any value. In fact, virtually all Polaroid cameras are just still useful today. This has a good value in it. It was used in the making of the film for the Model 95. To match your 1969 VW, you would be recommended to watch a mid to late 1960’s film pack Polaroid, the best example being the Polaroid 100, but there are plenty of other similar cheap models that are common fodder at flea markets for around $5-$10 each.