Anyone using a Polaroid 600SE and happy with it?
I was thinking of getting a Polaroid 600SE for peel-apart fun and for the 6X9 back as I am a Medium Format guy. I waited for a good deal to come along and in my estimation, one has.
A friend is selling his and has kindly lent it to me to try. It is a full kit (2 polaroid backs, 1 6X9 back, 75, 127 & 150mm lenses, wide angle viewer, various masks) in near perfect condition. It's going for a reasonable price.
Anyway, I've taken it for a spin and need to spend more time with it. I find it hard to work with though, it's huge, cumbersome and I find I fumble about with it when I should be taking pictures - (I mainly use Mamiya 7, RZ67 or a Hasselblad 500). I am keen to see if 6X9 can work for me.
Are there any other 600SE users here and do they find working with it a problem or does your 600SE work for you?
Many thanks in advance for your replies.
I own one and I'm very happy with it!!
I hope I'm not too late with my comment and you still have the GOOSE (600SE :) ).
As you said this is a monster, huge, nice like a brick but makes beutiful photos either on FP-100c and the discontinued FP-3000B (shame on Fuji) or 6x9 film. I have only the 127mm and 75mm lenses, but I'm not crying for the 150mm because its angle of view is just a bit narrower than that of the 127mm. I'm mostly using large format cameras and I dare to say that Polaroid's Mamiya lenses are very close in quality to Rodenstock and Scheiner lenses of the large format. Of course the camera misses the feaures of a large format one (perspective correction), but with those features it would be even more clumsy.
On the other hand the Polaroid feeling is that grasped me in the digital times. If you shoot a photo on instant film that shows your capability as photographer. You can't manipulate the picture in Photoshop. All it's goods and bads are on the picture (over or under exposure, composition, filtering, etc). As a matter of fact when I first took the camera to a party people were smiling at it but when they saw the pictures they were amazed with the colours and the feeling that those pictures were ready in minutes. To tell the truth both Japanese instant films are perfect.
Today this camera is only for enthusiasts because few people would take the inconveniences it causes with its size and weight, and last but not least you have to be familiar with the light metering because it doesn't have any electronic circuits built in and you have to adjust everything manually (don't forget the dark slide before taking a photo!)
So, I like the camera and take with me whenever I can and by now I have numbers of classic photo albums with instant pictures sticked in it.