Polaroid Originals released the following statements on their website on Oct. 2, 2019. “An important message about our Spectra film.”
Since 1986, Spectra has played an important part in Polaroid’s film offering and in the world of analog instant photography. With three decades behind them, these wide format cameras are now coming to the end of their useful lives. Jamming and frequent breakdowns are now affecting the majority of these cameras, and unfortunately, this is not something we can influence with our film.
After extensive testing, we have concluded that we cannot support these cameras any longer. So today, with a heavy heart, we are announcing the end of production for Spectra film.
As we share in the sadness with our community, we continue to focus on the future of analog instant photography through enhancing our core range, and through continued work on our film chemistry. We look forward to working with our community to test new products and to keep analog instant photography thriving well into the future.
If you are one of the lucky few with a fully working Spectra camera, you can still purchase the final batch on sale now for the next few months.
Thank you for your continued belief in analog instant photography,
CEO, Polaroid Originals
Our manufacturing team led an intensive, 6-month testing and improvement plan on Spectra cameras and our film. We optimized the dimensions and deflection angle of the ejecting film, reduced the pod weight, and lowered the mask friction through different coatings. We also carried out multiple battery tests with different voltages and currents from different suppliers.
This fault is completely random and depends on many variables with each pack of film and the configuration of the camera circuitry. There is, unfortunately, no simple fix.
Head of Global Manufacturing, Polaroid Originals
Pictured above: backside of In Hindsight no. 8.
Cover photo: In Hindsight no. 1.
First introduced in the 1980s, Polaroid’s Spectra & Image camera systems use a special wide-format instant film, and were popular in a number of professional settings, such as police forensics and medical examinations (though these days they’re more popular for landscapes and experimental photography). Their unique designs are pretty cool, and they have all types of features like self-timers and super close-up lenses too. So if you like your style with a bit of substance, look no further.
Format: 4.1″ x 4.0″ (103 mm x 101 mm)
Image area: 3.5″ x 2.9″ (90 mm x 73 mm)
Development time: 10-15 minutes