I found my SX-70 at a thrift store and was gutted when it didn't work. Thankfully, Retrospekt was there to fix me right up! I worked with their sales department to send in a few of my other Polaroids. Their trade values were unmatched. They helped me apply my trade value to the refurbishment of my SX-70. When I reached out after a few weeks for a status update, they tracked down my camera and got it worked the next day. When it arrived in a beautiful box with shining chrome,I knew the I made the right choice. I loved the repair invoice that showed everything they repaired. They replaced pretty much all of the electronics and tuned it for 600 film. I'm thoroughly pleased and would recommend Retrospekt to anyone who needs an SX-70 refurbished.
I wouldn't know that it came so nice. This camera is a 50 year old, forgotten on my grandfather's closet and now is up and running.
The unboxing experience was something that I wasn't expecting. Nice Job!
My broken flea-market-find SX-70 has a new life! Retrospekt turned it around shockingly quickly, too. Now it’s the nicest Polaroid in my little collection, and shoots 600 film to boot. I wish I’d known about Retrospect’s service years earlier.
I’m in love! I haven’t used my SX-70 in about 7 years after the mirror mechanism inside had stopped operating. The camera itself is so clean and opens & closes so much smoother. They really treated it with care and I admire the craftsmanship upon my camera. I shot a couple polaroids and it runs like butter! I am so happy I got it converted to 600 film. Now I only have to buy one type for all my polaroid cameras. I’m super stoked to be back doing my analog hobby again.
Considering the condition of the camera before I sent it in, they've done an excellent job refurbishing my SX-70!
My only complaint was some graininess and scratches when looking through the viewfinder.
Great service fast turnaround, camera is like new. My friend who had his sx-70 serviced by another company is jealous he didnt use retrospekt.
Sent in my old sx-70 to be serviced and converted to 600 and I couldn’t be happier with the results. One of my favorite cameras already
My SX-70 was in dire need of love: it was unusable with broken motors, etc. I can't believe how well it works now! The refurb team even cleaned up the metal so it looks shiny and new.
Great experience and excellent results for a camera that I wasn't even sure could be fixed.
I'm very happy with my newly refurbished SX70. Thank you Retrospekt....
I got my SX-70 converted to shoot 600 film and a full repair. My camera was broken, didn’t close, rattled with loose parts. Sent it in to Retrospekt and couldn’t believe my eyes when I got it back. Speechless. It’s brand new. This camera is by far the best sx-70 I’ve ever owned now. Their work is stellar! It’s quite unbelievable!
The camera looks like a million bucks. The new leather skins are exactly identical to the originals (minus the wear) and I now have peace of mind that the camera is functioning like it did on day one.
I also had the 600 conversion, now I can shoot on cheaper film and as a plus side it comes in a nice box.
I got my sx-70 from ebay and it looked really nice, but it wasn't working, and I sent it to Retrospekt for restoration and 600 film conversion. I got it back almost exactly 4 weeks later and tried 600 color film. Low and behold, it operated just fine, produced a sharp picture, properly exposed, with none of the "random defects" others have complained about online.
Most importantly, I now have a fondly-remembered piece of my past that looks and works like new. I miss the beautiful colors of the original 1980s SX-70 Polaroid color film, but I love having this beautiful piece of machinery from the age of gorgeous all-metal and glass cameras. My restored SX-70 makes the current plastic instant cameras look like they belong in a toddler's toybox.
Doug, San Jose
This was my great grandmother's camera that she shot with on an almost daily basis. She took photos of the sky and trees and just everyday things including a crime scene at her apartment complex back in the 70s or 80s. It sat in a warehouse for years and years and then sat in my apartment as decoration for a few years after that. I never dreamed it could be up and running again but Retrospekt worked some magic on this camera. Even though I've had it in my possession for many years, this is my first time shooting with an SX-70. The first time pressing the shutter and feeling it come to life again was a great feeling. I also like the color on this way better than my modern polaroid cameras. Super happy with everything. Thank you guys!
WOW! Truly exceptional work. I had my standard SX70 refurbished by a private person. They did a good job but not as good as Retrospekt did with me autofocus model. Packaging was incredible and made me feel like the camera was brand new. Worth every penny!
This was my grandfather camera that my son inherited. I got it fixed for his Christmas present. He loves it. Thank you for repairing it and up grading as well. Will recommend you to others for sure. Thank you.
Camera is beautifully restored and we are looking forward to using it regularly.
I contacted Retrospekt for a full camera refurbishment. Ryan was very good at updating me on the status of the repair. The waiting time was about 4-5 weeks, due to a forced stop at custom in Italy and a hurricane that recently hit the New York area where the camera was waiting to be shipped to Italy. Beautiful work, highly recommended. I also took the opportunity to convert to 600 film. And finally I have a istant camera, THE ISTANT CAMERA, which takes spectacular photos!
Very impressed with the repair. Packaged to ensure a safe delivery. Workmanship was excellent. Takes great pics! I have no reservations recommending the service. Thanks! Ed
I had this camera converted for my girlfriend and she loves it. Uses it every day.
I have several SX-70s which have ground to a halt (meaning the familiar grinding has ceased). Even when still working, they struggled with modern SX-70 film from the Impossible Project---many more duds than keepers. Finding Retrospekt via an internet search, I packed one off for rehab and a conversion to 600 film. I am delighted by the results, by the prompt service and friendly updates from the staff. These 70's era cameras with high-quality optics, if repaired and upgraded, produce superior photos compared to the newest 2-Step. I'll be sending more of my Sx-70s for repair and conversion.
I sent Retrospekt a rough looking SX-70 and they completely refurbished it. When I got it back I was blown away. It looked brand new. Very happy with the experience.
It's obvious that the team at Retrospekt care about quality and workmanship. My Polaroid SX-70 came back looking as if it were new out of the box. Can't wait to get it out and shoot!
I picked up an old SX-70 from a friend to add one more to my collection. You can't have too many right? Sadly it needed some work to get it functioning again, but luckily there's Retrospekt who took this camera and brought it not just back to life, but maybe also shaved 20 years off it. It's as good as new -- and maybe better! The beautiful packaging it came back in was the icing on the cake.
I will warn you...when your SX70 is returned to you, you better be prepared for your HOLY CRAP!!! moment. I sent in two SX70 camera to be refurbished and restored. Both cameras had a few issues and I decided after reading the Retrospekt website, converting both cameras to use 600 film would be a smart move.It was great to receive emails both when they arrived at Retrospekt and when they were finished and returning them to me. I really wasn't prepared for what I saw when I unpacked the cameras. First off, the cameras are in product boxes that look like I just went out and purchased two new cameras. And each camera has a worksheet to show you what work was done to each camera. When I opened the boxes, I couldn't believe my eyes, I doubt these cameras looked this great when they were new, I'm not making that up. I take pride in taking care of my photo gear, but holding these cameras feel precious. When I'm not using them, they will live in these Retrospekt boxes. And for me, it was smart to convert both cameras to use the 600 film. Thanks for everything!
My camera was in bad shape. Retrospekt did a beautiful job on the repairs and conversion. The best SX-70 lens I have seen (and I've owned every version of this camera). I couldn't be more pleased.
I couldn't be happier with Retrospekts work. I had the full refurb done along with the 600 film conversion. My SX-70 came back looking brand new and the packaging they provide is superb. Unfortunately I carelessly knocked my SX-70 off of my desk while it was open and caused significant damage to the camera, I reached out to their customer support and they were so understanding of my situation they agreed to look at it for a small fee. When everything was said and done they were able to repair the damage I caused for 40 dollars. I'm so happy with the service Retrospekt was able to provide and the service they are providing to the instant film community. I really hope they are able to continue their work for years and years to come.
I just got my Sonar OneStep back from Retrospekt. It’s been repaired (autofocus didn’t work), modded to use 600 film and re-skinned in a nice blue leather to go with the blue button. It looks great. Early results are promising. I can’t wait to give it a proper workout! (BTW, the packaging really looks great!)
Christmas came early this year! I wish I had taken a before photo so you all could appreciate the magic and sorcery they conjure up at retrospekt. This refurbishment exceeded any expectation I had of my SX-70 restoration and conversion to 600. Special shout out to Lucy for following up with the service. Everything works great!
YES! Thanks for taking care of my Alpha 1!
I recently sent in my camera to be refurbished and repaired as well as converted to 600 by Retrospekt. This is my rare, K-mart Holiday 1977 exclusive, Polaroid SX-70 BC Alpha Black & Chrome edition. Beautifully restored for a lifetime of use and I couldn’t be happier.
Never thought I could repair a camera I found in an old home my dad purchased! Retrospekt restored my camera, and now it is indistinguishable from a new version made decades ago. Top-notch work.
I couldn't be happier, great Service, packaged perfectly. retrospekt will forever be my go to people for polaroid care.
I ordered a repair job for my old SX-70, but unfortunately it never made it to the workshop thanks to USPS.... but I still got an awesome camera! They worked with me through every step of the process and shipping was fast and it arrived just as described! Though it’s not my original I am still very happy with it and look forward to doing business with Retrospekt in the future.
Dealing with Retrospekt has been an absolute pleasure, they have turned my beat up, barely functioning SX-70 into a clean, high quality camera. Easy to communicate with, as I wanted my leather skins left off so I could place on my own leather, and the comprehensive list they provide inside the pristine box really allows me to understand exactly what they replaced or refurbished. Overall this service was worth every penny, and I will likely be returning in the future.
Retrospect was timely with the repair and conversion and the camera works great! Excellent light contrast on the photo, just like using a SLR680 without the autofocus
These people are nothing short of amazing. I can not believe that these are the same cameras I sent in. It honestly felt like Christmas when they arrived - the packaging is superb - as if I bought new cameras. You can really tell that they care a great deal about what they’re doing. The cameras look and function like new. I will most definitely be using them again. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
******good communication ****** On the part of Retrospekt*******both of my refurbished polaroids sleek & spinning out Photos
So impressed with how beautifully clean it came back after being fixed by retrospekt, the viewfinder is now completely clean and my camera is working at its best once again!!!
My SX-70 Sonar was jammed up but looked like new. So I sent it off to be fixed and converted to use 600 ISO film. My expectations were blown out of the water. The conversion was done successfully and the camera functions 100% now. The new leather looks amazing and the presentation was top notch, shipped in its own custom box. There was also a packing list of all the work that was done to the camera and what was checked. I would highly recommend the service and conversion to anyone who has an SX-70 that needs some TLC.
Awesome customer service, quick turn around and an amazingly refurbished and upgraded 1972 sx-70 later and I'm a very very happy customer! Only got one good picture thus far but I am absolutely positive it's all user error as I'm very much brand new to Polaroid photography. But the one image that I got came out really crisp and clear, true to the reputation of correctly fictioning sx-70s. The packaging makes me want to buy a second camera just to have the experience of opening the box again haha it was as thought it was freshly plucked off a store shelf! Great work and is an awesome companion to my simpler and modern onestep plus :)
I highly recommend Retrospekt.
My contact person was Adam. He is absolutely top notch.
Thanks a million, I love my SX-70 (600 conversion).
I am beyond grateful for this company! They answer any question you have and are super nice. Best customer service. I ordered during covid-19 and got my camera super quick. Thank you guys, you have made my camera work perfectly and look brand new. You can send your own skin also!
I thought my mother’s camera was a goner. I didn’t think it could be repaired or refurbished. It now looks AMAZING! and the viewfinder works! Thank you!
Before and after attached - hard to believe it’s the same camera!
Received my refurbished and upgraded SX-70 and I couldn't be happier! What a beautiful job! I had the pleasure of speaking with Adam about the company and the refurbishing process and was kept informed each step of the way. What a pleasure doing business with this company and the results are amazing!! So impressed that I'm going to send in another one! Thanks to everyone at Retrospekt!!
Thanks a bunch for refurbishing my SX-70. It looks and operates great. Meter works well with 600 film conversion. Camera was shipped back to me quickly.
Got my SX-70 Alpha refurbished and upgraded to 600 speed film and it has exceeded my expectations. This service is well worth the cost.
WOW!!! The repair and upgrade service is better than I could have expected. This camera looks like it just came off the factory line. It work great, I have taken three packs 600 film so far as the camera was converted from SX-70 film to 600 film. Pictures are perfect. Lastly, Retrospekt sends a checklist as to what was repaired or replaced in the camera. When I sent the camera in it sounded like the motor was whining. The checklist came back identifying this part was replaced. Kudos to the team...Stay safe during the Covid crisis.
I sent in my old folding SX 70 camera in for repair and conversion to 600 film. The camera was not working when I sent it in. It came back in a very short time cleaned, repaired and using 600 film. They did a wonderful job. Very impressed with the service.
Everything you guys did is top notch. I'll only taken a few photos to get exposure and framing right for a work project coming down the pipeline but that worked out great so I am very pleased. Also, waiting for spring and sunshine and light for more polaroid fun.
Thank you so much for what you do. I really like my polaroid cameras and you guys have given it more life by refurbishing it. Thanks!
I sent a heavily worn SX-70 land camera to Retrospekt for repair and conversion to shoot 600 film. My girlfriend had recently done the same and I was jealous of her set up. I was concerned that my unit was too beat up for repair and so I sent Retrospekt some photos beforehand to make sure it was acceptable for repair - they responded quickly and confirmed it was good to send in.
About (2) weeks later I received my camera back in the mail and was surprised at how great it looked. They took a camera someone might not look twice at and made it better than new.
Previously I have purchased a Polaroid Impulse and an Olympus XA2 from the company, so I was expecting a good experience, but the work they did on my SX-70 was just awesome.
Love restoring these vintage Polaroids. Third one done through Retrospekt and won't be my last!
I am so happy I made the choice to convert to 600 film, while the camera was being repaired. It was great to see the detailed sheet of what was fixed and it looks brand new. I would highly recommend these services!
My SX-70 Sonar looks and works great. I haven't yet tested its ability to use 600 film, but SX-70 film works well, and I expect 600 film to also work well.
I’m very satisfied with the work that Retrospekt has done on my SX-70. After restoration, my camera looks, feels, and works like it’s brand new. I highly recommend Retrospekt to all Polaroid enthusiasts. Thank you for the excellent service and the quick turnaround!