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SX-70 (original model)
The following technical information is useful for specifics concerning each model. Where appropriate you can click to see more information including photos.
All of these models can take the SX-70/TimeZero integral type films.
Please see this chart to give you a visual comparison between the major "options" and abilities of each SX-70 model.
If you see this icon, the model was intended for "Special Markets" distribution (i.e. corporate premiums, prizes, and other non-retail distribution) only.
If you see this icon, the model was sold in International (non-USA) markets only.
ALL Folding SX-70 Cameras have the following features in common:
Produced: 1972-1977 / Original Retail: $180.00
Collector's Note: There are 3 minor variations of this camera: First year production models (10/72 - 10/73) have plain ground glass focusing screen; no focus scale. Later models have split-image rangefinder circle and no focus scale. Still later models have split-image RF circle and focus scale. Apparently, Polaroid also offered a retrofit service to install the split-image finder for owners of the older SX-70's, so it may be possible to encounter an early SX-70 that has the RF circle anyway. In addition, some late-production SX-70's have the same fill-flash feature of the Alpha 1, though this feature may be undocumented in the camera's instruction manual.
The SX-70 was definitely a landmark camera in the history of photography, and, in my opinion, Dr. Edwin Land's masterpiece. Probably the most common folding SX-70 camera, however.
A (very) limited-edition gold-plated version of this camera was also produced. Some other limited-production color combinations may exist of the original SX-70, but beware that some may have been altered by the end-user, and were not produced that way at the factory.
Note: 'SE' (Special Edition) and 'BC' (packaged for K-Mart stores) versions were also produced.
Produced: 1977-19?? / Original Retail: $233.00
Similar to SX-70 (Original Model), except:
Collector's Note: Early production models are simply labeled "SX-70 Alpha" with no number. The example of an 'unnumbered' Alpha I've seen has black leather covering rather than tan. Other color variations of this camera may exist-- I've also seen a black-on-black version as well.
A limited-edition gold-tone version of the Alpha 1 exists.
Note: 'SE' (Special Edition) and 'Sears Special' (Sears stores) versions were also produced. There was also a Revue-branded version for sale in Foto-Quelle camera stores in Europe.
Produced: 1977-19?? / Original Retail: $???.??
Similar to SX-70 Alpha 1.
Produced: 1977-19?? / Original Retail: $180.00
Similar to SX-70 Alpha 1, except:
Notes: Might also be known as the "Alpha 2"
Produced: 1975-1977 / Original Retail: $???.??
Similar to SX-70 (Original Model).
Produced: 1974-1977 / Original Retail: $149.95
Similar to SX-70 (Original Model), except:
Collector's Note: All Model 2's have split-image rangefinder circle. Seems that most have focus scales, but not all. Incidently, the top layer of the "Porvair" covering on this camera (and the Model 3) appears to become rather 'fragile' with age, and so may be easily scuffed and/or damaged. The vinyl coverings on some Alpha and Sonar models appear to be much more durable by comparison.
The (uncommon) black version of this camera has a pebble-grained vinyl covering similar to that of some Alpha and Sonar models, instead of the usual Porvair.
Produced: 1975-1978 / Original Retail: $99.95
Similar to SX-70 Model 2, except:
Notes: This is the only folding SX-70 that is not a single-lens reflex. Even so, the shutter and mirror-flipping mechanisms function exactly the same as in its SLR cousins, even though the added complexity is totally unnecessary in this camera.
Some late-production examples of this camera have neckstrap lugs (as found on the Alpha cameras).
Produced: 1978-19?? / Original Retail: $249.95
Similar to SX-70 Alpha 1 except:
Notes: There are several color variations of this camera.
Produced: 19??-19?? / International Markets
Appears to be similar to SX-70 Sonar OneStep (USA model).
Produced: 1981-19?? / Original Retail: $279.95
Similar to SX-70 Sonar OneStep.
Produced: 198?-19?? / Original Retail: $???.??
Similar to TimeZero SX-70 AutoFocus.