Polaroid cameras are my favourite of all the instant picture cameras. It's such an iconic brand as well with most people in the 80's to have used one or have been in a polaroid picture.
Sadly, with the increase in mobile phones and digital photographs, instant film cameras were becoming obsolete. Many Polaroid factories across the world were shutting down.
In 2008, a company named IMPOSSIBLE bought the last remaining Polaroid factory in the Netherlands and saves analog instant photography from extinction. These days they make a vast variety of instant film (including the PX680 that I use) for a huge range of Polaroid cameras meaning that 300,000,000 cameras don't have to be decorations.
As well as creating films for the Polaroid cameras, IMPOSSIBLE also set about refurbishing old 80's cameras so that they could be reused today.
I was lucky enough to get a vintage Polaroid from a charity on eBay back in 2012. They claimed that it didn't work as it had no batteries so I got it for a steal of £25. Little did they know that Polaroids don't have batteries as such, rather the film packs have the batteries in them. So all I needed was to buy a film pack and see if it was still function-able; which it was.
My Polaroid is similar to this one and uses 600 film. The only downside to using older cameras is that the price of the film tends to be much higher. A pack of 8 films (as in 8 pictures) can be as high as £30 so you really do need to look around for a bargain. People on eBay sell them but the films have an expiry date and it's not worth buying them from eBay incase they're damaged.
There are two IMPOSSIBLE stores in England - one in London and one in Manchester, however there are other stores throughout the UK who can sell IMPOSSIBLE film and cameras too. See here.
My boyfriend thinks I'm a little crazy for liking Polaroids so much as he thinks they're extinct and aren't worth the money. "Why not print out pictures from your phone?" He says. Well because they don't have the same feel as instant film do they?
As the films are expensive, I only tend to use my camera for 'special' occasions, like holidays and sightseeing.
Call me crazy, but I like Polaroid pictures and as long as IMPOSSIBLE keep making the films, I'll keep taking the pictures.
Do you like instant film? Do you remember the days of the Polaroid?