I think my instax was just replaced...
I bought this beauty on ebay a week or so ago. I was nervous to try a new camera (especially an older one that was well loved by it's previous owner) but couldn't resist an instant camera that I could easily find film for.
When I finally got the camera I was ecstatic to find it had all the original paperwork including the booklet, and cold clip with instruction leaflet. I was really intimidated since I've seen tons of these cameras at thrift stores and couldn't for the life of myself figure out how to close them back up. The booklet is so incredibly detailed, great descriptions with step by step photos for everything, such a difference from camera books now!
I started with a pack of black and white film, which usually isn't my style. As you've probably gathered I'm a colorful person but for some reason I just felt like I needed to buy black and white film for this camera and I'm so stoked I did. Here are some of the photos I've taken so far...
 Aaaaand my absolute favorite so far! My dad, my mom and I at the beach on his birthday. It's hairball over exposed since I didn't think to check the temperature again despite the fact it was much later (and inevitably warmer) in the day. But it's still a really special photo that I think will find a new home in my special box.
Eeeep! I love this camera so so so much! I am really excited to experiment some more.
Anyone else have a polaroid land camera? Aren't they the coolest?!
xoxo

Update: For those questioning you can find the film here: black and white or color.


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  1. Oh, I love it! Not only a pretty camera but the photos are great - good find!!! I need to grow my collection of vintage cameras, I keep looking in second hand shops but they're all rubbish, boo!

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  2. Hi! I just bought this same camera at a thrift store a few weeks back. Where did you buy film? I am still looking….

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  3. Wow! That camera & these photos are amazing. How old is this camera Kaylah? And how does is work? I'm seeing polaroid written on it but I'm thinking it doesn't work like your 'traditional' polaroid camera ...
    Kelly xo

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  4. They are SO great! Have you shot with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye? You can still get film to manipulate to fit and the photos are square and so cute! If you want to shoot a Hawkeye but can't find film out there, let me know and I'll send you some! :)

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  5. othersescape, I just updated the post with links to the film. :)

    Kelly, this model produced from 1968-1970. After taking a photo you pull the film out, let it develop for a set amount of time as instructed on the package (depends on the temperature) and then pull apart. (i'm so not good at explaining, but perhaps I'll do another post on the camera at a later date explaining with photos) :)

    Kristin, No, I have not! BUT YOU JUST GOT ME TOTALLY STOKED. I couldn't figure out which camera took the square photos. Definitely going to be looking more into that now!

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  6. err, that comment to Kelly should have said *was produced from 1968-1970. ;)

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  7. Wow love that cam and how the pictures come out, what kind of film is it? And where do you buy it?

    I have a polaroid collection but my oldest is from the 70's I was drooling over yours!

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  8. ops just saw the links, I've never used fuji in polaroid, I dunno I was afraid it wouldn't work :/

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  9. Miss Lou, it works perfectly in this camera, I can vouch for that! :)

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  10. I have the exact same one but it's the automatic 104. My aunt collects cameras & she gave it to me. Sadly she's not that good at taking care of her things so it came in a torn box & the camera seems dirty. I have yet to play with it & she needs a good cleaning :)

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  11. By the way I think I'm in love with the outfit you are wearing. The colors are so perfect!!! :)

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  12. Oh yay!
    I have had one of these cameras for years but have just used it as decor because I got it a little bit before polariod went out. Its nice to know there is film I can use out there.
    Thanks for the link!

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  13. Ooh my boyfriend has one that he has just for display, but after seeing this I think I might have to seek out some film and get snapping!

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  14. You crack me up Kaylah! Always taking instants of that cat statue :)
    I'm glad you love your new camera!
    Love and Turtledoves,
    Jacqueline

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  15. I love this camera and your film! There's a tear in mine, and the photos have too much of a light leak to develop properly ;__;

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  16. These are great photos Kaylah! I just found one of these cameras last week at the thrift store and like you struggled to figure out how it closes.. Thanks to your lovely photos I'm ordering some film today, cause I can't wait to try out this awesome camera!!

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  17. I just sold my 103 but I still have a 250 that I absolutely love. It makes the prettiest pictures.

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  18. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh my goodness!!!! I will have to search for this baby! I just love how your photo's turned out. Reminds me of my parents old photo's from way back in the day. Something I'd love to own and recreate. I'm glad they still make film for such a great camera like this. Thanks for sharing this!!! :)

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  19. OH MY GOSH! So awesome! I'd love to find one for myself! Those pictures you took are amazing. XO, Rae

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  20. Wow, really cool! And I love the b&w shots!

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  21. oh my goddness..these are INCREDIBLE! I'm so blown away at how splendidly they turned out. What a killer find.

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  22. This is SUCH a cool camera! I'd love to get a hold of one of those babies!

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  23. Wonderful pictures and what a great find! :)

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  24. It's an adorable camera! (: Love the pics, even in black&white ;)

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  25. ooo i love the pics! what fun! i don't have one of these, but i have a Polaroid Swinger that has barely been used that i'm thinking about trying out if i can get film for it... i wonder if it takes the same kind...

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  26. Too cool, I am so jealous! It looks like it takes pretty good quality photos.

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  27. WOW. Congratulations--that's quite a find. These images all have a haunting, timeless feel. Love it!

    <3 jen @ Stuff Jen Did

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  28. They turned out so cool, I'm so jealous! My aunt sent me an old Yashica, I really need to get some 120 film and start playing with it!

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  29. Yes I love them! I have quite a few and posted about it a while ago. They are so much fun to use and I love the looks strangers give me when I walk around with it. They look at me like I am a time traveler that has travelled from the past!

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  30. I admit I really don't know anything about Polaroid land cameras. But I'm pretty sure I would love it as much as you do! The pictures you took are amazing because they really look like they're from another time.

    xo
    Cortnie

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  31. Wow! These photos are stunning!
    And I'm not that much into black and white, too. But those are great!!

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  32. What the heck!?!?!?! I can't believe that thing took such cool photos. Awesome!

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  33. I have a Polaroid 440 land camera and LOVE LOVE it! They are so awesome. I had to do some work on mine to get it to work, the battery area was corroded so I had to do some modifications but it's an awesome camera. Now I need to go take pictures :P

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  34. these are great cameras and they're pretty cheap so if something happens to one you can always get another. I've got two that I use with my art students. Have you seen how you can transfer images with this film? Before you pull the film out of the camera, prep a piece of watercolor paper (wet it then wipe the excess water off), pull the film out and immediately pull it apart and press the emulsion down onto the damp watercolor paper, burnish the back with a balled up paper towel, give it a couple of minutes for the picture to develop then peel apart, the photo will have developed on the watercolor paper you just have to clean off a bit of goo. A bit tricky at first but easy once yo get the hang of it.

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  35. Awesome! I had no idea Fuji fits this size - no excuse now, I'll have to use mine more :)

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  36. I had no idea you could still get film for these! This is awesome!

    ♥ sécia
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  37. hellooooo, amazing nails! great camera, too.

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  38. This is really random, but I stumbled across these tooth shaped cupcakes, and thought of you. :)

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  39. oh my gosh. totally rad! great find and great photos! excited to see more!

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  40. I've just bought an SX 70, is that the same kind of camera you have, I don't know anything about polaroids yet, so I am hoping that the film you linked to would work for my camera

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  41. Ohmygoodness! She's a beauty! the photos are so gorgeous, too - makes me wish we all used cameras like these, still!! I'm gonna look for one, now... :)

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  42. I just bought one from a yard sale not that long ago, it came with film and everything! I have not had the chance to try it out. I wasn't sure how easy it was to find film so I don't want to waste it! I am so excited now!

    Xo Chloe.

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  43. Ooh, so jealous! I love old cameras... I have my degree in photography, and I have my nice DSLR and all, but sometimes I feel like nothing beats a Polaroid or a plastic camera. :)

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  44. These are so precious, what an awesome find. I've been thinking about buying a camera similar to this one as well, you've inspired me!

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  45. These photos are fantastic! Now *I* want one of these cameras! Great find!

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  46. This is awesome, I have one of these too and I just figured that they didn't mke film for it anymore and mainly just have it for decoration. It's so awesome that they do and know I can use it as a functional camera

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  47. Definitely look into the hawkeye! If you can't find one, let me know. I'm pretty sure I've got a second one hanging around somewhere and would totally mail it to you! We could compare photos after a roll, too! :D

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  48. P.S. - Where did you get a battery for the land camera? I've thought about rigging mine to convert it to use AAA instead of a 4.5 volt, since they're SO HARD to find! Were you lucky enough to have a battery included?

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  49. Love it! Is it an SLR? I know that one of the Polaroid pack film cameras is, but I can't remember which one.

    Isn't the film fun to rip out? : )

    xo,

    Sarah

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  50. Wow, gorgeous! I love my SX-70 and Polaroid integral film, but one of my goals for the year is to start shooting pack film as well. The two are so different from one another, but both so beautiful.

    (PS - I love the blog makeover too!!)

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  51. Gorgeous camera! My Grandpa gave me some older cameras that I refuse to get rid of. I will use them one day or they will decorate my house. I love them!

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  52. Ooh! I just bought one at the thrift store for $3! A photographer friend of mine showed me his and I had to have one! He also has this lens attachment which allows you to focus and have depth of field and all that jazz :) Thanks for the link to find film, now I can use it! :D

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  53. Im a big fan of black/white photos, also color photos. Well a photography-fan or geek you may call me. :P

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  54. OHHH I just bought one of those at the thrift store for $6 the other day and I am dying to get out and use it! I may have missed it but what kind of film did you get for it? I'm not really sure what I should use...

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  55. What kind of film does this take?

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  56. Grace, there is a link up in the post to the film that it takes.
    :)

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  57. I have a Polaroid Land 210 camera and a 100. I love them so much! I'd rather carry that around with me most days rather than haul my DSLR around. Fuji is so awesome for making film that works in the Land cameras!

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