If you are an instant photography veteran my revelations may not be for you, but I confess that I am a late comer to instant photography. I never photographed with Polaroid when instant photography was in its prime, even though I photographed on film through the 1980’s through to the early 2000’s. Even when I started shooting a Holga in 2010 I managed to miss the resurrection of Polaroid in the form of the Impossible Project. It was not, in fact, until the end of 2019 that I photographed my first instant photo on Instax.
Ahh, Polaroid film. Flawed, unpredictable, pricey, and yet – deeply satisfying on so many levels. An anachronistic pleasure that every film enthusiast should at least once experience. And what better way to enjoy it than by shooting with a Polaroid SX-70, as the photography gods intended? But – since almost fifty years have passed since the SX-70 camera was designed, should we not aspire to something more refined, more in step with the times? Yes, I believe we should. And this is where the MiNT SLR670-S comes into play.
I know what you’re thinking. A Polaroid article on 35mmc, whatever next. I did have to twist Hamish’s arm to get this included. However before you reach for the flaming torch and pitchfork let me attempt to convince you why I believe these cameras, in this instance a Polaroid 690 should be included, and how they share the similar attributes to the other cameras we love to read about on this very site.