Now don’t get me wrong, I love my Polaroid SX-70. And my Nikon F3. And my Pentax 67. But the Polaroid Spectra might be my new favorite camera, and today was only my first day using it!
The main thing that makes the Spectra unique is that it produces slightly larger prints than most other Polaroid cameras. They’re a little bit wider, providing a more cinematic and dramatic feel.
At least, that’s how most people characterize the camera.
But I think what is also just as great, is the camera design itself. This thing is classic 80s, with a slightly rounded, boxy shape that is reminiscent of the BMW E30. Especially when in shooting mode, with the lens popped up, it just screams vintage.
It kind of feels like a compact VCR in your hands.
And while it’s still plastic, operating it feels just a little bit more smooth than my SX-70. The SX-70 is a marvel of industrial design, but it’s a very precious, delicate thing. I sometimes feel like I’m going to break it when I’m using it, and I don’t have that feeling at all with the Spectra.
On the downside, it’s not an SLR like the SX-70, so I’m not 100% sure that I’m always going to get exactly what I’m seeing in the viewfinder. There’s also no manual focus like on the SX-70, so you’re losing some additional control there. But I think the pluses of this camera might outweigh the negatives.
So, here are some photos, both of the camera itself, and two photographs I took today with it!