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This camera was produced from 1971 to 1973 and became quite famous as the artist Andy Warhol made abundant use of it. It was very cheap, under $ 20. It's for portraits and only works with Magicubes (not Flashcubes!).

Its features are:

    Lens: 220mm, f/29 meniscus single-element plastic, fixed-focus
    Shutter: single-speed mechanical
    Flash: Built-in socket for Magicubes
    Designed for flash photography only, daylight exposure not sufficient.
    Intended for use with 75/80 ASA color films only
    Fixed-focus rangefinder for determining the correct (fixed) distance from subject. Finder has projected framelines.
    Built-in mechanical development timer.

The following text is mainly taken from the Land List website.

The camera is designed for portraits only.  Anyone using this camera will quickly find that it requires the photographer to make quick back-and-forth walking movements and head motions to find the correct fixed distance from the subject. The strange 'dance' resulting from these movements has sometimes been referred to as the "Big Shot Shuffle".

This camera has a small flexible rubber T-handle mounted to its back, instead of the big plastic "flop-around" T-handle found on most of the other rigid plastic pack cameras. Evidently, age has not been kind to the Big Shot's rubber handle, as nowadays the vast majority of Big Shots are found with cracked or missing T-handles. Your camera will still function just fine with a broken T-handle.

Image quality is somewhat better than you might expect from a simple single-element plastic lens. Not only is this due to the small aperture used in this camera, but also because the long focal length and fixed close-focus means that only a small portion of the lens's image circle actually gets used to expose the film (simple lenses tend to be far sharper at the center of their image circle).

This camera was a particular favorite of artist Andy Warhol, and he apparently painted many of his portraits based on pictures he took of the subjects with a Big Shot camera. According to at least one report, Warhol liked this camera so much that he bought out Polaroid's remaining stock of Big Shot cameras when he learned that Polaroid was discontinuing it. I have no idea if this story is correct or not (my guess is that it's an exaggeration of a partial truth), but it's kind of amusing anyway. :-)   [Perhaps he felt the Big Shot's 15 minutes weren't up yet..?]

COLLECTOR'S NOTE: Unusual limited-use design, but was still quite popular. These used to be surprisingly common, but now they seem to have developed a bit more demand from people wanting them for portrait work. They're still not uncommon, though.

As the camera only works with Magicubes which are hard to find these days, I have tested several replacement solutions. They are here and here.

Some photos:

The Polaroid Big Shot, box, istructions and a box og Magicubes.


Right side


Left side

Seen from above

Seen from below.

And the flashy box...