Getting a Polaroid 100 to Work

A long while ago, a relative of mine gave me two vintage Polaroid Cameras that he had purchased for me at a flea market. We didn't know if they worked and had no idea how to test them out, so I just displayed them on my shelf. The first was a Polaroid 800, and the second, a Polaroid 100 (since you're probably pretty astute, you already know how the rest of this post is going to go, but I'll continue regardless). After finding the work of Bastiank on Flickr, I realized that someone is still producing film for certain Polaroid cameras (other than The Impossible Project). After some research, I found that the camera I have sitting on my shelf could work. The other, the 800, took roll film, which is no longer in production and the sheer mechanics of loading the film were beyond me. I opened up my 100 to find it dusty and containing really old and thus very expired film. I didn't stick around to play with the expired film since it smelled so bad. I found the battery within old and crumbling. After getting a replacement battery, I purchased some new FUJIFILM FP-100C and enlisted my boyfriend to be my model / test subject.

I added the hipster font to go with my hipster blogger-photo of my hipster camera.

I added the hipster font to go with my hipster blogger-photo of my hipster camera.

The sunset outside my house. (A little dusty from my scanner)

The sunset outside my house. (A little dusty from my scanner)

I messed up the first shot, but it was cool in an eerie way, so here it is.

I messed up the first shot, but it was cool in an eerie way, so here it is.

The successful shot.

The successful shot.

I also found that I had one exposure left in my Polaroid Impulse camera, which takes Polaroid 600 film. The one in my camera was obviously expired, but I decided to give it a go. The results:

Pretty nifty! It looks like I'll put off getting new film from the Impossible Project and try to scoop up some mildly affordable Polaroid film from eBay while I can.

Pretty nifty! It looks like I'll put off getting new film from the Impossible Project and try to scoop up some mildly affordable Polaroid film from eBay while I can.

Model: My boyfriend, comedian extraordinaire. You can find his blog here. Not only is he handsome, but he's also very funny.