Polaroid SX-70 :: Sonar
► Fully Restored
► One Year Warranty
Designed by Edwin Land, the Polaroid SX-70 was the first instant SLR camera ever made and completely revolutionized the photographic landscape. We have been proudly restoring the entire Polaroid SX-70 line of cameras for over a decade now which has become the work for which we're best known. SX-70's remain the pinnacle way to shoot instant film, offering maximum control and unparalleled image sharpness due to their incredibly designed glass lens system.
The SX-70 Sonar was introduced in 1978, six years after the release of the SX-70 Original. It's key feature is the circular sonar dish which sits above the lens; this dish produces actual sonar waves which communicate the focal distance to the camera. Decades later, this system remains shockingly fast, accurate, and incredibly fun to use. The sonar auto-focus system can be disabled with the flick of a switch to allow for manual focus. This comes in handy especially when taking pictures through windows (the sonar ping will hit the glass and focus close-up!) or when making close-up portraits.
600-Modification ($60): This modification upgrade allows your SX-70 to shoot Polaroid 600 film instead of SX-70 film. There are two reasons why many people enjoy this upgrade: (1) 600 film (600 ISO) is significantly "faster" than SX-70 film (160 ISO) and allows more versatile performance in lower-light settings, (2) 600 film is much easier to find and is carried by most camera shops and department stores while SX-70 film can usually only be sourced from specialty shops. Please note that this modification requires the soldering of a new capacitor to your camera's motherboard and is a permanent modification; your SX-70 camera will only be capable of shooting 600 films after being modified. NOTE: If a 600-modified version of this camera is not currently available and you'd like one, email us! We will be happy to get a build started for you right away.