the SX-70 camera
Starting in 1972 the amazing Polaroid SX-70 rapidly became a cult camera and is famous with both visual artists and the public alike. Innovative, it was the first instant camera to use the self contained pack system, instead of yucky messy peel apart film layers- and users (everybody) also soon found that these prints could be manipulated by hand (scruntched, rubbed, heated etc) for several minutes after being developed to produce all sorts of cool visual effects.
Although originally launched as a manual focus only camera - Polaroid added unique sound based 'sonar' autofocus - sometime in the 1970s and the Polaroid SX-70 became the original hipsters autofocus, autoexposure SLR. single lens reflex camera.
It is still possible to buy the camera and film today, and still can be
used to make interesting, instantaneous and occasionally beautiful images.
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