PICTURE taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polaroid_SX-70_Sonar_OneStep_01.jpg Author- Silvio Tanaka
This Polaroid SX-70 is like the model I had. Nifty to use, especially when you see the photo instataneously ejected from the front of the camera and watch it develop before your eyes. But, it's hardly a professional photographic camera, despite its status as a classic camera design. Very popular among the more artistic types these days because you can manipulate the photos as they develop and wind up with some interesting effects.
The rubber grip on the lens provides nice and smooth operation of focus.
The Auto or Manual settings are within easy reach. Like a lot of SLR cameras of the era, all relevant controls are all that is needed.
As good as it is to use, it even looks great just sitting on its own.
I've always been a fan of these little film pack stub holders that some brands included on the camera backs. I'm forever forgetting how many exposures I have loaded into the camera.
I was saddened to hear of the demise of Eastman-Kodak. It was one of those companies that I thought would be around forever. And, of course, the Kodak logo was one that I had seen all my life. It's a shame that Kodak didn't manage to succesfully grasp digital technology. Given that they were the company that came up with the affordable Brownie cameras back in the 1900 (I think?), it's a wonder that they didn't try to replicate that success by making an affordable digital camera for the masses.
Lately, I've been using Fuji film, but I might try to source some black & white film off eBay soon.
One more for atmosphere...