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Mr. Gaffney's Gear

Staff Favorites: Jon Gaffney

In the latest edition of Staff Favorites, we turn to one of Gear Patrol’s longest standing contributors, Mr. Jon Gaffney. The New England native was always a shoe in for the team thanks to his eye for craftsmanship, an obsession for photography and a hunger for physical challenge that at times made us question his sanity (in a loving, concerned way, of course). Luckily, he still knows how to properly relax, typically on a dock somewhere in Maine between waterskiing runs, which also happens to be his default answer to “where he’d rather be”. But you didn’t really need to read this to know any of these things. His favorites tell the story far more eloquently than we ever will.

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Give your iPhone a break

Polaroid iM1836 Camera

The Polaroid iM1836 camera isn’t the first Android powered shooter we’ve seen, not even from Polaroid, but it is the first mirrorless interchangeable lens shooter of its kind. A 10-30mm lens kit ships with the device, but we expect other lenses will follow. Plus, this albino wonder is compatible with existing micro four-thirds lenses via…

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The heat is on

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

The Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera is the latest entry in the company’s long line of instant gratification shooters. It combines an SD compatible digital camera, HD video camera and, naturally, a printer into one pocketable device that puts your parents’ Land 210 to shame. Don’t worry about about refilling — or paying — for…

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Land Lover

Patina: Polaroid Land Camera 210

Looking at old Polaroids evokes a certain feeling. Childhood galavanting and family road trips come to mind. In the modern era of megapixels and digital cameras though, Polaroids still take awe-inspiring photos (look what’s inspired Instagram filters). Browse through Craigslist, eBay, your local thrift shop, or KEH.com and you’ll find lots of older Polaroid Land…

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Give and take

Polaroid Android Powered SC1630 Smart Camera

Mobile devices have progressively borrowed features from cameras to boost their curb appeal — so why shouldn’t cameras reciprocate? That seems to be the logic behind Polaroid’s surprising SC1630 Smart Camera. From the rear, it’s easy to mistake the device as just another 3.2-inch Android handset, until you spy the 16-megapixel 36-108mm lens with 3x…

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Shake It Like A Vintage Polaroid Picture

Vintage Instant Polaroid 230 Pack Film Land Camera

By Gear Patrol Reader Michael Grady If you’re a gearhead like me, then you’re always about the next best thing, but sometimes it’s important to take in the goodness of vintage. And this doesn’t just apply to style and decor, but to electronics too. This weekend, or next, skip the digital camera (gasp), spend a…