If you thought Polaroid was dead, think again. The Polaroid Super Shooter Plus is a fantastic camera. It's one of several in a series of "rigid body" Polaroids that take instant peel-apart pack film.
Who would like this camera? I am hard pressed to think of who wouldn’t enjoy one. And I’ll tell you why I chose this model, and why you might consider hunting for one, too. The camera is pretty durable with no bellows to tear and leak like older pack film Polaroids. It’s a beautiful retro piece of equipment dating back to about the mid-1970’s. Even if it didn’t work it would be gorgeous on your camera shelf, with its retro good looks!
Well, for starters, it can be easily found for under 10 dollars— and I actually got mine for under 4 dollars! The “plus” model differs from the standard supershooter in that it comes with a handy timer built into the side of camera so you won’t over or under develop your tasty instant prints. But they both are more or less identical otherwise.
Need more convincing? How about the modern AA battery format, so you don’t need to look in a specialty catalog to power it. What about the electric eye exposure system to help you expose properly? Or the ability to turn the exposure dial to dark and then double-expose you instant print. Or the flexibility to accept peel apart films in type-100 series or type 80 format—that means both square peel apart which is pretty rare nowadays, and the rectangular 3.25×4.25inch Polaroid films will fit with no modifications or tricks. Or perhaps the most important thing – Fuji currently manufactures instant film that works with this camera! So you don’t need to rely on raiding some top secret old Polaroid film stock, you can keep shooting as much as you like as the film is easily obtained…
Speaking of film, you have many choices: color or black and white, and the camera has a switch to change aperture for 75-100 or 3000 iso films! The black and white 3000 ISO gives you amazing flexibility and develops a print in about 20 seconds! I also like the effects from using genuine expired Polaroid films. I have found it gave me soft, faded and color-shifted images with low saturation and a blue cast. Very authentically retro!
All you have to do, is estimate the distance to your subject and set the focus accordingly, the focus adjustment is marked with distance in feet. Then, snap a photo, hold the strap on one side and pull a tab to reveal the edge of your photo. Then yank that second larger tab to free your new masterpiece from the camera… set the timer and wait… 20-90 seconds later you’ll be peeling away the paper covering to reveal a gorgeous, glossy print with nice white borders. Its quite addictive.
Even the rare instance where a photo becomes jammed is an opportunity for a light leaked masterpiece that looks like an abstract painting. Don’t be surprised if strangers strike up lots of conversations with you, this camera isn’t the kind of thing people see everyday. But you’ll enjoy the attention, and the photos, so what are you waiting for?