I have been shooting Polaroid for over a decade using pretty much every camera format out there and I wanted to show how much fun it is to have a “Real” Polaroid print in the moment. In 2012 I started to bring a Polaroid camera with me when I go to Anime Conventions. I haven’t seen much in cosplay taken with Polaroid cameras in the past decade, so I gave it my go. I take only one Polaroid of each cosplayer by themselves, or if I make a mistake, another one shot is taken. I use two Polaroid cameras, the Automatic 100 and the Model 800.
I have been conned, the “Polaroid Man” at these conventions as I walk around with a 50 year old camera in my hand. Also I have a table that I display the photos taken at the convention along with the camera. Many people come up to me and talk to me about their memories with these cameras. Also people who still shoot film, like I do, at these events and what they think of the impact on what we do. I had a great time with a photographer who was shooting with a 4×5 camera at Saboten Con! The many people I had met with just this camera in my hand and what it means to them. It’s amazing what Polaroid photography is making my photography better and also reconnecting to myself and connecting with people with this camera and the stories that each of us have.
I have the Polaroid Model 800, with hot shoe and Polaroid 100 series film back from an old passport camera. Also a list of f stops for each EV setting on the camera for flash exposure calculations.
Polaroid #280 close up kit with 3 diopters and measuring tape for close ups as close as a few inches.
Minolta 4000AF flash for indoor photos and the GN of this flash @35mm goes great with the EV settings for easier flash use.
Original instruction manual, warranty and other paperwork on how to use the Model 800.
Also the Polaroid Print Coater for using Type 42 film.
David H. Aragon
Central New Mexico Anime Club, President
Thanks for sharing your amazing camera with us David. I guess they don’t see many of them at the anime conventions.
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