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September 6, 2012

Having a Blast Taking Pictures in Las Vegas With A Vintage Polaroid Land Camera

By Sara In AZ

A few months back Mike and I met up with Ruth, and her husband, Tom in Las Vegas. It was a super fast trip, but we managed to pack in a lot in a short amount of time.

One of the things Ruth really wanted to do was go around Vegas taking pictures with a vintage Polaroid Land Camera. This is the camera that they brought and they were nice enough to gift it to Mike and I when our visit was done! Thanks Ruth and Tom!!!


Ruth did a post a while back detailing the restoration of their vintage Polaroid camera. She also has a few good tips on loading the film  and where you can get the film too!

Ruth and Tom came to Vegas armed with tons of film and the Land Camera and off we went taking pictures all over Las Vegas! 

Ruth and Tom thought it was important for us to get the hang of the camera since they were giving it to us, so they wanted Mike and I to take the reigns and load the film in the camera and take some pictures to see how we could manage. I won’t lie, this camera can be a bit tricky initially but once you get the hang of it it is SUPER easy. Anyone looking to use a camera like this should totally refer to Ruth’s post and I know that there are also some good You Tube videos that can help immensely.

Here is one of the pictures I took….Tom, Ruth, and Mike posing at Caesar’s’ Palace.  The film looks really white along the edges and kind of hazy because of a mistake I made when loading in the film pack into the camera. Tom had to come to my rescue and save the film….thanks Tom!


Here is another picture I took at Caesar’s Palace. I’m getting a bit better at it……


Here is a crowd view shot Tom took down Las Vegas Blvd. in front of The Paris.


Here is a shot I took at The Paris looking up at the Eiffel Tower.


And here is one last shot Tom took of Mike and I at The Paris. I really like this shot and one could almost believe it was taken in the 50s…were it not for those modern cars in the background!


I SUPER love the way these pictures turn out, very old timey and vintage looking. If you are looking for perfection maybe you should not use a Land Camera as  more than likely there will be spots and imperfections on the picture. It is SO much fun taking pictures with this camera though, I don’t know how you couldn’t love it.

Mike and I have since gone on a Land Camera picture taking craze, it’s addicting I tell you! So expect to see a bunch more Land Camera pictures coming up in the future!

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13 Responses to Having a Blast Taking Pictures in Las Vegas With A Vintage Polaroid Land Camera

  1. Charlotte Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Old-timey pictures – without Instagram! 😉

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      September 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      hee! Yes, the real-deal vintage looking picture you can actually hold in your hand! 🙂

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Such fun!!! I love the way all these turned out, even the ones that got a little messed up by the film jam! Can’t wait to see more from you guys. Tom and I need to buy some more film, and soon!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      September 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Totally FUN!!! Thanks SO much for turning us onto this camera – we love it to bits!!! And yes, more pictures coming up real soon!

  3. pam kueber Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Very cool! The real deal!

  4. Barbara Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    But where did you get the film?

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      If you click on the link above, in my post, where I linked to Ruth restoring her Land Camera – there is a link in her post to Amazon where you can buy the film packs. Your local film store may also carry the film.

  5. Silvercat Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    So cool! It’d be so fun to scrapbook those…

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      September 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Silvercat – and yeah, scrap booking these is a great idea!

  6. Andrea Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Awesome pics, Sara! I wish I could haul around an old camera like that, as it takes such awesome shots – however I am the queen of the camera phone!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      September 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Andrea! Yeah, it is work hauling around this camera – plus you have to wait for the shots to develop AND then throw out the outer wrappings after the picture develops. It’s totally worth it in the end though!

  7. Silvercat Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    (typo alert: ‘Mike and I to take the reigns’ – should be reins. Darn homophones!)

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