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    Polaroid for a teenager

    Hi,

    niece of mine (13) who started recently with photography (even took a 1 week photo-course of some kind) would like to try a classical Polaroid. Now - I know that there are different models like SX-70, and different cameras in 600 format - what would be the best choice for her? I have personally never shot polaroid so I do not have any personal experience.

    As far as I know there is just the impossible project as a source of film and it is not cheap, but I could get here a few packs to get the taste of it.

    Are there any significant differences between the cameras? I would like to find something user friendly-ish if possible ...

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    How about something in the Polaroid 100, 200 series - peel-apart film is currently manufactured by fuji, it's a lot cheaper than the IP, and while it probably has a bigger learning curve than a OneStep point and shoot, she's trying to learn photography, right?

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    If you're looking for a cheaper option, there is always the 100-pack Land Cameras. They can take the cheaper Fuji FP-100C film, it's the peel apart kind of polaroid film. The only negative would be having to convert the camera to take AAA's or AA's, but that's fairly easy to do http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf2FAprpoaM

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    ^and I think you can buy the correct battery for like $10 on amazon

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    Thanks - I will look at the options mentioned. I do realize that on the long run (i.e. Christmas and birthday out of the way) would the 'classical' Polaroid not be feasible financially.

    EDIT: Polaroid 250 could indeed be the solution. Let's see what she (and her mother ) thinks ..
    Last edited by Matus Kalisky; 12-27-2012 at 11:57 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    But the look of an image arising at an integral film can't be beaten by a peel-apart film...

    Plus, the true SX-70 is a SLR.

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    The pack film ones are cheap and the sx-70 is expensive. If you can get the SX-70, get both!
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    Buy him instax mini - cheap and great film, nice cameras also, especially instax mini 50s black.

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    or an instax wide, film and camera are as cheap, but photos are real size, not credit card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matus Kalisky View Post
    EDIT: Polaroid 250 could indeed be the solution. Let's see what she (and her mother ) thinks ..
    Highly recommend the 250. I have had the pack film cameras in various flavors, and this is the best one - IMO - that won't break the bank. It has the Zeiss viewfinder, which is not found on all models. And it's the only one I'm keeping...the 330 got sold a month ago.

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