Thrift pick: Polariod Square Shooter 2


The Polariod Square Shooter 2 is another great Land Camera in my small collection of vintage gadgets. I picked this one up about a year ago for a dollar. Since then, it has sat on my bookshelf, where it serves as a bookend with various other Land Cameras.

According to Camerapedia, it was originally produced between 1971 and 1972. The Square Shooter was a Ridged Plastic Bodied, Packfilm Type 80 instant camera. Although similar to the Colorpack II, the Square Shooter was considered more advanced and that was reflected in the retail price of $34.95 as opposed to the Colorpack II’s retail price of $29.95.

The Square Shooter featured:

  • A built in socket for Hi-Power flashcubes, a “Focused Flash” system.
  • Triangulation distance finder.
  • Exsposure system designed only for 75 ASA films.
  • Typically they also featured the adjustable front cell focusing lens with distance scaling marked on the lens ring.
  • “Everset” shutter that did not need recocking.


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