Happy New Year 2014

A look back at vintage optomechanical design to start the new year. A classic optomechanical product in this consumer grade camera, the Polaroid SX-70 Rainbow.  As everyone born before 1999 probably knows, its most amazing feature is the ability to provide instant photos, which drove its “high price” of about $180 (in 1970’s dollars).  This camera was on the market in the mid-70s but can still be found for sale if you search hard enough…and there are companies that have begun to manufacture film for these cameras.  A classic product from one of the leading innovators of film and products in the 60’s and 70’s.

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SX-70 Rainbow Land Camera, image courtesy of polyvoreimg.com