RIP, Spectra – Polaroid discontinues film and no longer restores old cameras

RIP, Spectra – Polaroid discontinues film and no longer restores old cameras
(Image credit: Polaroid Originals)

Polaroid Originals announced that it has ceased production of wide format Spectra film – and, at the same time, it has also ended its program of restoring old Polaroid Spectra cameras. 

This marks the end of an era for analog photography, closing the 33-year-old chapter of the Spectra camera system and instant film that launched in 1986. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.