Polaroid Abandons Instant Photography

  1. Awwww it's like the end of an era!!!


    It was a wonder in its time: A camera that spat out photos that developed themselves in a few minutes as you watched. You got to see them where and when you took them, not a week later when the prints came back from the drugstore.

    But in a day when nearly every cellphone has a digital camera in it, “instant” photography long ago stopped being instant enough for most people. So today, the inevitable end of an era came: Polaroid is getting out of the Polaroid business.

    The company, which stopped making instant cameras for consumers a year ago and for commercial use a year before that, said today that as soon as it had enough instant film manufactured to last it through 2009, it would stop making that, too. Three plants that make large-format instant film will close by the end of the quarter, and two that make consumer film packets will be shut by the end of the year, Bloomberg News reports.

    The company, which will concentrate on digital cameras and printers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001 and was acquired by a private investment company in 2005. It started in 1937 making polarized lenses for scientific and military applications, and introduced its first instant camera in 1948.

    The Lede remembers fondly how magical it was to watch the image gradually manifest itself from the chemical murk right there in your hand. But truth be told, the Lede’s own scuffed Polaroid SX-70 camera, which used to get regular use in all manner of situations, from producing a quick step-by-step primer on how to do the Ickey Shuffle to documenting a problem with a house he was buying that cropped up the day before the closing, hasn’t come out of its cabinet drawer in years.

    Loyal users take heart, though — Polaroid said it would happily license the technology to other manufacturers should they want to go on supplying the niche market with film after 2009.
  2. I just saw a short paragraph about this in the morning newspaper. How saddening actually. Somehow though, I don't see the insta-pic technology disappearing completely, I am sure some far-east company is going to scoop up the rights and produce them.
  3. aww... my grandfather always used to take Polaroids... I've always wanted a Polaroid camera, there's so much nostalgia involved.
  4. wow..., I still remember clearly the first time I saw the Polaroid pic slowly showing up... it was almost like magic...
  5. Oh, man, this makes me so sad. When I was a kid we had a Poloroid Instamatic... and this was back when you had to smear this stabilizing stuff on the picture to keep it from fading. After that they made the film so it inclused that chemical in the print. My brothers and I has a ball with that camera. I can even remember where we lived in Palo Alto at the time. The French doors on my parents bedroom scared me to death!

    When I did Toys For Tots, we had a Santa set up and took Poloroids for the familes... three bucks a shot and the money went to our local Hospice. How can a cell phone camera or a digital do that without all the expensive initial outlay for the equipment?

    I'm sad. It's llike when they tore down my old High School, you know?
  6. I hope films will still be available through next year, better stock up as my son still uses one in his business. This is really sad!
  7. Hmmm...guess I better hit eBay and stock up on some Polaroid film for my two Polaroid cameras! Maybe now it will be super cheap, and not cost over $1 per print...
  8. This is SO lame. Its like there killing a piece of history.
  9. The PetSmart where we take our dogs (and formerly, our dog and cat) to get pictures with Santa uses Polaroid film, too. I guess they're gonna have to go to digital.
  10. Nooooooo! I love Polaroids. :sad:
  11. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Where am I going to get my film?? I still regularly take Polaroid pictures!! :sad:
  12. I remember having so much fun as a kid with a Polaroid camera, it will be a shame to see it disappear.
  13. This makes me so sad! Many of my childhood pictures are frozen on Polaroids. Digital is not the same! I hope they'll change their minds.
  14. Polaroids were def apart of so many of our childhoods. Shake it like a polaroid picture, just wont mean the same anymore.
  15. ^Hey Ya was the first thing I thought of because of those lyrics! Im very sad about this even though Ive only had my picture taken 4 times that way. Stock up on film ladies!