This week we decided to kick back, relax and share with our readers some of our favourite photos taken with our Polaroid Spectra ImagePro! You may have seen some of them on our Instagram, but here, we also detail the work that goes into these Polaroids!
The Polaroid Spectra camera series was introduced in the late 1980s, and it is famously made known by many movies filmed then (like Johnny Depp as shown below):
What convinced us to get a Polaroid Spectra are mainly based on:
- the advanced functions of the camera (such as multiple exposure/self-timer etc), which go beyond ‘automatic’ functions;
- the improved quality of the Polaroids that the Polaroid Spectra captures; and
- the ability to override pre-set functions manually.
We started hunting around second hand online shops and eventually decided on the Polaroid ImagePro (the UK version of American Polaroid Spectra Pro)! The Polaroid ImagePro was well suited to us Singaporeans as the focus measurements are the metric system (whew)! Our Polaroid Spectra was purchased from Polawalk (do check them out!); upon its speedy arrival, we were surprised to find a frog tongue built into the Polaroid Spectra. The guys at Polawalk were friendly and also assisted us with any issues we had!
How It Works!
Although the Polaroid Spectra was working fine when we bought it, overtime we realised that our films were not ejecting out smoothly. Quite often, the Polaroid would be stuck halfway- and as a result, we wasted no small amount of Polaroids. Again, we were not surprised that it was happening (any old camera deserves good maintenance), but its increasing frequency was perplexing. After a talk with our friendly helpers at Polawalk and further experience gained from using the Polaroid Spectra, these are the tips to troubleshoot the Polaroid Spectra:
- CLEAN YOUR ROLLERS before using the camera (we can’t stress this enough).
- Check the expiry date of the film pack- clearly, an older film pack will not process as smoothly as the newer Impossible Project film.
- Keep film in fridge – in the humid island of Singapore, do not remove the film from the fridge and immediately use it out of the hot sun, as the film is likely to retain water from the sudden temperature change. Generally, do not transfer the film pack throughout extreme temperature/humidity changes.
- Read the camera manual – sometimes reading the instructions helps to fully utilise the camera functions AND solve problems which are addressed in the manual.
- Push our the dark slide before loading the film pack – not too much (to avoid light leakage); move it slightly so as for the rollers to ‘detect’ the dark slide and prompt its ejection.
- Press down and hold the shutter – so as to process the full development of the Polaroid that is ejecting.
We hope these tips help! Do comment here below if you have any more tips to add! 🙂
Lastly, here are more of our favourite Polaroids taken with the Polaroid Spectra (various films used: Softtone Paul Giambarba Edition and Impossible Project). Can you guess which function we took them with?
Click here for our mini gallery of the photos we have taken with our Polaroid Spectra. We hope this entry inspires you to pick up/purchase your own Polaroid Spectra camera and start using it!
Till next time,
NOTE: We have been updating our “Cameras We Use” page and uploading our best Polaroid photos we have taken! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @damianwithsandra for more 🙂