My Precious SX70...How do I love thee
12 Jul 2009
My precious SX70, How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee freely for the sleek way that you lay there while you are resting, dressed in your black and brushed steel finish.
I love thee for the way you open up to me when we touch.
I love thee for the depth of your patience with me while I take my time choosing just the right subject, lighting, focus, and perfect moment to push your button.
I love thee for your quiet charm as you draw a crowd with your beauty and mystery. I love thee purely, as they turn and praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use, and after all of your use, you have never let me down.
I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life! --- And, if Polaroid choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
The SX-70 is a folding single lens reflex Land Camera which was produced by the Polaroid Corporation from 1972-1977.
Though Polaroid had considered a Henry Dreyfus-designed SLR for its Colorpack film, the SX-70 was the first instant SLR and the first camera to use Polaroid's new SX-70 integral print film, which developed automatically without the need for intervention from the photographer. The SX-70 was also notable for its elegant folding design, which allowed the camera to be compact enough to fit a man's suit-jacket pocket when collapsed.
There were a variety of models beginning in 1972 with the original SX-70, though all shared the same basic design. The first model, sold in Florida in late 1972, had a plain focusing screen (the user was expected to be able to see the difference between in- and out-of focus) because Dr. Land wanted to encourage photographers to think they were looking at the subject, rather than through a viewfinder. When many users complained that focusing was difficult, especially in dim light, Dr. Land was forced to include a split-image rangefinder prism of the kind used on 35mm SLR focusing screens. This feature is standard on the SX-70 Model 2
The SX-70 included many sophisticated design elements. A collapsible SLR required a complex light path, with many mirrors (including one Fresnel reflector) of unusual shapes and at odd angles. Many mechanical parts were precision plastic moldings. The body was glass-filled polysulfone plastic (later models would switch to the less-expensive and more-easily cracked ABS) plated with chrome and nickel. This plating looks and feels so much like solid metal that some users still insist the camera is solid stainless steel. The film pack contained a flat battery to power the camera electronics and flash
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