Polaroid SX-70 SONAR AutoFocus– Batman`s instant fun


As a kid I had a Polaroid 1000 TKKG Edition, I don`t know who gave it to me, but the fact, to see the picture immediately was for me a god given thing. But I remember my father as well who always tried to teach me that those SX-70 films are really expensive. So it happened after a while that my beloved Polaroid has to find a place in the storage rack.

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25 years later, I`m totally into analogue photography/lomography, I had a walk over a local fleamarket were I saw the SX-70 Sonar AutoFocus I had read some articles about. It takes SX-70 film which should not be produced any longer but you can use the Polaroid 600 film which is available right at every corner. Still expensive, but it has it`s own unique look and of course this freaky, from bats copied Sonarfocus. Sound waves are send off which will be reflected by objects. Now the camera knows how far away the object is and focuses automatically the right distance. Crazy technique, isn`t it?
So I asked for that beauty in used condition and for 4€ I got a SX-70 with 2 pictures left, a suitcase containing a close-up lens, a flashbar and a cable release. Next I ordered a Japanese ND-filter which allows you easily to use these Polaroid 600 films, you only have to remove the four little knobs on the film-cassette.

Once you put in the film there are some features for you left, two spinning wheels, one allows you to adjust under- or overexposure and with the other one you can set your focus manually. There is a Unomat flash which replaces the not any longer produced flashbars but somehow I like the light a flashbar produces more. They can be found sometimes at local fleamarkets as well.

Now Polaroid finished film production and prices for films are rising even more high than it has been before. I hope there will be someone who will produce the 600 films for the future, because I don`t want to lay down a Polaroid to the storage rack for the second time.

Update: Just read an article about which says that Harman technology bought the whole production line of Polaroid Integral film in the Netherlands. There is still hope…

written by lomodirk on 2009-01-28 in #reviews #sonar #sx-70 #autofocus #fun #polaroid #sx70 #instant


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Great review !
    The shots are amazing. Congrats.

  2. chikapop
    chikapop ·

    i really hope the new company gets off the ground with the new integral film. i can't wait.

  3. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    beautiful shots! super-dreamy :)

  4. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    wow, great shots, great review, i like shot 5!

  5. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    nice. shot 6 is great! :)

  6. jojohnson
    jojohnson ·

    Hey thought you might be interested to know that I found some discount prices on Polaroid 600 film on the website www.adessoalbums.com. The deal is buy two films get the third free. AndI also heard about this new project called The Impossible Project. You should check this link out:

    It looks like there is hope that Polaroid camera and film will be around a lot longer. Great shots!

  7. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Thank you for your nice comments ;)

    @ jojohnson: Thanks for the links :)

  8. gemma81de
    gemma81de ·

    Great review for a great camera! Ever since I got interested in Polaroid I wanted one as well. But the "film problem" prevented me from buying one. Maybe I should give it another try now.

  9. ananditya
    ananditya ·

    one of my dream camera

  10. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    If you find a cheap one, get it, it`s so much fun ;)

  11. bunit
    bunit ·

    Amazing pics!

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