Polaroid Spectra 1200si

The Spectra 1200si is a @polaroid instant camera released in 2000 that uses Polaroid Spectra film. The most interesting aspect of the Spectra is its use of the sonar autofocus system. Using this system (the golden disc hidden behind the black mesh), the Spectra emits a series of ultra high frequency soundwaves and then uses the echo delay to calculate the subject’s distance from the camera. This camera also has an exposure control panel (1/245–2.8 sec range), auto-focus, a built-in flash and a self-timer.

 


Instagram post photographies by  @redgravephoto ✨

Made by Polaroid in 2000
Sonar autofocus system. The Spectra emits a series of ultra high frequency soundwaves and then uses the echo delay to calculate the subject’s distance from the camera
Glass coated lens f10 125mm
Built-in flash
Polaroid Spectra film, wide format frame

Illustration by @camxatca 

Photographies by @redgravephoto 

“My photographer’s name is Red Grave, I’m a film shooter and I like to take photos every time I go outside of my room. Some time ago I tried to “document reality” just like many others, but after thinking about what photography is really for me, I decided to just have fun and capture what my instinct dictates to me. One of my “masters” in this discipline is the “Are Bure Bokeh” japanese photography movement (or “Provoke” as is usually known).”

“Since I’ve discovered instant photography, the only thing that kept me from shooting more is the price of each pack and that there are only 8 photos per charge. Nevertheless it’s my favourite format for analog photography. Unfortunately, my favourite format (Spectra) was axed out due to production problems. Now I’m shooting with a SX-70 Alpha 1 Model 2 with custom wood skin that I also love.”

“I’m also a compact camera enthusiast. I have a Ricoh GR10 and a GR1s, and I wrote an article on the Emulsive website comparing both cameras. I have also self-published two books about my daily life street photography. I would like to make more because I have material for 3 books at least, but I don’t have much time due to my IT tech studies.” explains Red Grave

You can check his lockdown photo diary project here @redgravepolaroids