This is a fully rebuilt Polaroid SX70 Sonar Autofocus Blue Button Special Edition - black body (the regular SX70 Sonar was silver) camera with new blue coverings. After rebuilding this Polaroid SX-70 Sonar, it has had it’s electronics updated for the use of 600 Style instant film from Polaroid.
The normal SX-70 Sonar uses the SX70 Style film, which is fine. But, the 600 film is much faster. The need to use 600 film is why most people move from a SX-70 to the SLR680. The 600 film makes it easier to shoot in a variety of lighting situation and catch moving things too.
The SX-70 Sonar offers a famous package of features: - You see exactly what your taking a picture of, the view finder looks through the front photo lens - The sonar auto focus (you can turn it off) will focus on items down to a foot out to infinity. - The shutter auto adjusts from 1/175 second to 5 seconds - Auto aperture adjusts from f8 to f22 (you can manually adjust too, which creates fun results with the 600 film) - Glass lens is 116mm f8, 4 element
A light pressure on the shutter button activates the Sonar Autofocus so you can see what will be in focus in your final print (great for depth photography).
The SX70 Sonar was originally released in 1978 ($250 in 1978 dollars = $1078 in 2022). It is fun to finally be able to afford the camera now which was out of the budget back in the late 70s.