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RIP: Polaroid

My family used to have a Polaroid camera when I was a kid. I thiought it was great. You took the picture and out popped the photograph which slowly developed and took colour before your eyes.

Of course in this day and age of digital technology Polaroid camera's are pretty much defunct apart from hard core enthusiasts. Even regular camera's seem to be on a major decline as people shift to the much more instant digital.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Polaroid are calling it quits. To be honest I guess I thought they had probably closed down their Polaroid camera and film plants years ago (apparently they did cease the actual camera production a year ago).

Anyway, RIP Polaroid - guess we'll rememebr you via the 'Remember the 70's/80's' style programmes.

Polaroid Snaps Out Of Making Film (BBC News Online; Friday 8th February 2008)


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Feb. 9th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
This has been on the cards for a while - last year all the big fashion magazines woke up to the realization that the VERY large Polaroid film stock for plate cameras is no longer made and reaches the end of its refrigerated shelf life in the next year or so, which means that their most expensive (£10,000 and up) cameras will soon be useless. The last few Polaroid products I've seen have been digital camera memory cards.

They could probably do quite well out of a pocket-sized printer, hope it happens.

Edited at 2008-02-09 11:15 am (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
You know, even in the day I thought Polaroids were crap. My uncle had one and while getting the picture immediately was cool, the quality was never any good. Even the pictures from my small Agfa cartridge camera were better.

I assume this also included business with (rather higher quality) polaroid backs for rollfilm studio cameras as these have been replaced by digital backs, too.
Feb. 9th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sad that the kids of tomorrow will never know what it's like to "shake it like a Polaroid picture" (regardless of the fact that you're not actually supposed to shake Polaroid pictures...).
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hey, don't know what area of London you live in, but just saw the big Camden fire. HOping you and yours are ok.

Feb. 9th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
strangely enough I saw the article and came here too.


Angus - I don't believe you're there but I think this fire will be a blow to a lot of your crew. I hope it doesn't cause too much damage. (I now regret not visiting it when I was over on 06)
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