I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d fall for this camera as hard as I have. Especially with the short time I’ve had with this camera. However even within the few weeks of using this thing, I’m pretty sure the SLR670m is the ultimate SLR camera for shooting integral film.
It kind of goes without saying, the manual controls are what make this camera so special. I mean why else would you buy it? The SLR670m offers more control than the standard, automatic SLR polaroid cameras, and with that I feel comes a bit of a learning curve. Because the camera is now fully manual (as far as shutter speed goes), you must have a light meter with you to get an accurate reading. The add-on, which only works with this camera, goes from 1 second all the way to 1/1000. It even has a Bulb, Timer, and Auto setting. I’ve still yet to use the bulb, as night photography isn’t generally my thing. The learning curve lies with knowing what the film and the camera can handle. For example, I want to make this look a little darker, but does SX-70 film do well underexposed? If my meter is reading 1/30 and I was to overexpose a bit, can I hand hold the camera at 1/15? Scenarios like these are what make the the SLR670m a bit of a but also make it a very fun camera.
However, for me, the biggest selling point on this camera is it’s versatility. The SLR670m, due to is manual controls can use both SX-70 and 600 film types with it. You can go an entire day, in all types of light and only need one polaroid camera. Just make sure you bring both film stocks to cover your day. This is especially appealing because carrying around both an SX-70 and an SLR680 in my bag was rather cumbersome, especially considering the size of the 680. That sonar and flash combo can take up quite a bit of room. With the SLR670m, you have your one and only go to polaroid camera.
Of course, the biggest downside is the price. Also, I may be wrong, but I cant seem to find a way to use a flash with it which is somewhat of a bummer but not a deal killer, in my opinion. Yet, the more and more I use this thing, the more feel the price tag to be worth it. You’re paying for a quality, like-new product. It will last you a long time, and if you shoot integral / Impossible film on a regular basis, you won’t really need to buy any other camera for this film. If you have an opportunity to use the camera, by all means, go for it. If you’re on the fence with this thing, I say take the plunge. You wont be disappointed.