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I have cleaned up the camera and lens with rubbing alcohol and a whole lot of Q-tips and cotton balls. The strap is a bit worn and cracked, bit still has a lot of life let. The top and bottom of the camera is a little worn in some areas where the material is a somewhat soft material that is used for gripping, but the inside is pristine and there does not seem to be anything that is rusted.
This has an autofocus, so it takes the guesswork out of focusing your subject. It works with a radar, so be careful taking pictures out of windows and clear panels, because the sonar will bounce back from that point. This camera also has six different switches on the back. You can choose whether or not the focus readout in the finder shows in feet or meters, if the camera will make any noises, a timer option, autofocus on/off (off sets the focus to infinity), flash on/off, and exposure compensation. Most Polaroid camera's do not give you the option to turn on and off the flash, so it's pretty awesome that the Spectra System gives you the choice. The viewfinder is still on the camera. Many older Polaroids have long lost it, but this one is still intact! I have taken some photos with this camera and they are awesome! I mainly took pictures indoors with the flash. The last picture was actually taken with this camera.
Produced: 198?-2000 ? / Original Retail: $249.00
Lens: 125mm f/10 3-element "Quintic"
Shutter: electronic; range 2.8 sec - 1/200(?) sec.
Exposure: programmed automatic
Automatic focus; uses Polaroid Sonar AF system.
Infinity focus lock control.
Focus distance indicator in viewfinder. (feet or meters)
Built-in automatic electronic flash.
Flash fires automatically with every picture; can be overridden.
Built-in self timer.
Socket for electronic remote control.
Brownish-grey-gold body with blue-grey vinyl covering; body folds to cover lens/shutter/flash assembly when not in use.
Various cosmetic changes made to this model in 1996 or so.
NOTES: This camera has an unusual focus system consisting of a segmented arc-shaped center element which swings on a pivot to adjust focus.
Some examples of the 'SE' version of this camera may have a different lens. My impression was that the 'regular' Spectra has a plastic lens, but I have received some sightings that indicate that some SE examples have a lens label which reads "Glass Coated Lens" rather than "Quintic Lens"
COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This was possibly the first new Polaroid camera to not have the name "Land" anywhere on the camera or in the instruction manual. (can anyone confirm this?)
In addition to an 'SE' version, this camera was also offered as a limited "First Edition"-marked outfit which was sold as a kit complete with accessories and all contained in a fitted hard-shelled carrying case.
The Impossible Project is also currently selling several random Spectra Cameras for a crazy amount of money. Check them out, but why go to them, when you can get a perfectly clean working camera plus the case here for so much less!!
You can find film from the Impossible Project in Black and White and in Color
I would also go over their individual websites that talk about the film itself. I went through a lot of film before I started to get the hang of it. I would read the following:
Please let me know if you have any questions.
**** All of my "film tested" cameras are tested with actual film, and not an empty film cartridge to see if it powers up and goes through the motions. I am making sure that everything works (shutter, mechanics, spreader bars, etc.. ), and that the pictures come out and are able to develop. Film is not cheap so that is why the cameras are a little more expensive than some other shops. I am giving you the peace of mind that the camera is definitely going to work when you put unused film in it! ***
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