Thinking of buying a vintage polaroid camera?

I’ve been browsing ebay recently in search of a second hand vintage polaroid camera and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice regarding.
So far the cameras are selling for about £20-£40 depending on quality and model.
Are there any particular models that are better than others?
How much does film cost and are there different types?
Is it easy to buy film for them?
Are there any particular details I should be aware of when buying? Any common faults?

I’ve been looking at this one:

It sells pretty soon I was just, as an example wondering what I should look out for

Any help is appreciated 🙂

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6 Responses to “Thinking of buying a vintage polaroid camera?”

  1. fhotoace says:

    You can buy those cameras in thrift shops for under £2 and don ‘t have to pay shipping.

    Link to information of the film.

    As you can see, the film is not that impressive when it comes to colour rendition and sharpness.

    The cost of the film is nearly $25 USD for an 8-shot pack or around £19

  2. BriaR says:

    film is available from the Impossible Project at around $25 for 8 photos.

    Any common faults?
    The phots are crap and they fade to white in 2yrs – do you need any more?

  3. NickP says:

    Darn, I wass reading your question and thought to myself here is a smart guy. Wants a polaroid camera as a show piece, an antique, a relic from the the 1960’s, BUT no, you really want to take pictures with this piece of junk (photographically speaking of course)?

    Please tell me why you would want 50-60 year old technology that cost $2.00 or more per print to operate and yields you 2 or 3 prints out of 8 (if you are lucky!).

    With today’s digitals and their 3" LCD screen you can tell in seconds whether you have a good shot or not and an hour later for the large sum of only 13 cents (some places charge as much as 20 cents) you can have a print that will last several lifetimes and won’t fade like Polaroid prints in a few years.

    Please, Please, Don’t buy!!

  4. Andrew says:

    Sit down somewhere quiet until the feeling passes.

  5. cabbiinc says:

    Well some people like the look of Polaroids. I don’t, but I don’t fault those that do.
    Go have a look at the Polaroid group on flickr Ask some questions, look at the images in the pool. The 635 itself is one of the better cameras, although an SX-70 is better.

    There’s also older peel-apart film for older cameras. Those seem to have better results image wise. I like that stuff. Still spendy though at about a buck an image.

    Then there’s the Fuji Instax. If you want instant joy but don’t want to pay through the nose this is the cheapest option. Mini is about the size of a credit card, wide is slightly smaller than the size of film that you’re looking at now.

    Have fun.

  6. Tom R says:

    Don’t got for a modern Polaroid camera. The film for these costs over 2 quid a shot. Go for an older one like a Model 210 or Model 430. The cameras are about the same price, but the film is cheaper and can be found in any well-stocked camera store.

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