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Vintage Refurbished [ℹ]

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar Black "Time Zero" Special Edition Instant Film Camera

Sale price$ 479
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This "Time Zero" camera is identical to the SX-70 Sonar Model 2 in function, but it has a different decal on the film door indicating that its a special edition. Polaroid made many variations of these decals, often using different labeling in different geographical regions. Some of the decals are somewhat unusual and difficult to find, and this is one of them!

While many SX-70 users enjoy manually focusing their cameras, the autofocus models are nothing short of magical to use. The autofocus mechanism (that big gold circle) uses actual sonar waves to focus on the subject matter, helping you get crips photos each time. For a more hands-on approach, the autofocus can be shut off.  The autofocus models also feature the tripod mount and strap lugs found on Alpha models, making them the most versatile and decked-out SX-70 option.

This is a genuine piece of vintage retro tech - refurbished and restored by Retrospekt. Our process includes:

  • Deconstructing the camera to its base components
  • Verifying the form and function of each piece
  • Repairing and replacing pieces whenever necessary, but also...
  • Retaining original pieces whenever reasonably possible
  • Cleaning all optical and viewing components including lenses and fresnels
  • Polishing exterior components
  • Applying new Italian leather replacement coverings
  • Packaging each camera in a specially made box
Brand Polaroid
Color Black

Polaroid SX-70 instant film
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Film Size Image 3.1 x 3.1 in
Image with border 4.2 x 3.5 in
Lens 116mm f/8
Focus Manual
Viewfinder Single lens reflex (SLR)
Exposure Control Automatic, with manual +/- 1EV lighten/darken wheel
Shutter Release Electronic, automatic shutter speeds of 1/175 to 14 seconds
Flash Prototype, non-functional
Battery Built into film cartridge