Polaroid’s Swan Song

Earlier this month, Polaroid announced that it stopped making their instant cameras nearly two years ago and that production of the iconic film would cease by the end of the year. Two of their instant film production plants are closing, with more to come by the end of the year as the company moves farther into the digital arena.

I love my digital camera because it’s easy to carry and snap photos whenever, but I own a 35mm SLR that I still use. In the olden days when I was Washington, DC drone by day, band photographer at night, I used both.

Maybe I’m one of the few out there who still have a fondness for “real” film, but shooting on slides was something that helped me perfect my photography skills. Not to sound all “get off my damn lawn, you kids!” but learning to shoot on film and getting it right in one take because you know what you’re doing is more appealing to me than simply being able to hit delete, try again and using Photoshop to handle the rest.

That said, my next camera purchase will be a digital camera. However, I will always have a special place for all those fun Polaroids I’ve taken over the years.

If you still want to have the film, I suggest you act fast as the film is flying off shelves. I’m sure most is going to folks planning to sell it on Ebay, but I’d like to think there are others out there hoping to hold on to a bit of history.

3 Comments so far

  1. Nolando (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 8:09 am

    Nothing Luddite or "old person moaning" about valuing the time-honed photo techniques, RC. I think it’s like learning to drive by manual first – it gets you some additional basics that you miss out on otherwise. And that’s not knocking the new tech, either.

  2. pdxhst (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 8:20 am

    Fortunately medium format looks to be going strong with some manufacturers even reintroducing certain film lines. If you’ve ever looked up what a digital medium format back will cost you you’ll see why.

    The end of Polaroid is significant, though. I doubt most people realize the impact it had on recreational and art photography.

  3. nonlineargirl (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 10:57 am

    Oy, I love polaroids. Some of my favorite pictures were taken with that film. Plus, I have a fairly new polaroid camera I got from my sister last year – I’m headed to the store today to stock up on film!

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