Teaching Technology Through Time
Westminster Audio Visual Services maintains an intriguing display of audio visual equipment that spans more than a hundred years of educational technology.
Housed in the Freeman Wing of the McKelvey Campus Center, this collection - assembled over the years by Audio Visual staff - exhibits (with few exceptions,) in display cases like the one pictured here unique teaching technology used in various Westminster departments and classrooms as far back as 1900.
Viewing guides are available at the display, and special guided tours may be arranged in advance with department staff.
These pieces may also be loaned out for demonstration and special display through arrangements with the Audio Visual Services office. (Some restrictions apply.)
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Polaroid OneStep Land Camera
Alongside the 'prosumer' range of folding SLRs, Polaroid released a large number of plastic bodied, non-folding consumer cameras that used the SX-70 integral film. There were several lines that varied in the type and amount of features they offered, but fall into three distinct categories differentiated by the method of focusing:
-Fixed focus - Generally known (in the US) as OneStep models
-Zone-focused - Generally known (in the US) as Pronto! models;
-Sonar Autofocus - Labelled as both Pronto! and OneStep models, but usually with an AF or Sonar moniker.
All these models use the SX-70 integral film, meaning the camera is powered by a battery built into the film pack. Many of these models were able to use certain accessories designed for the folding SLR line of SX-70 cameras, such as flashbars, electronic flashes and tripod mounts. It has a fixed focus plastic lens. The model 1000 or original OneStep models are distinguished among the range in that they were made available with 2 different colored shutter buttons - either green or red; there is some debate among collectors as to which was more common. A matching electronic flash was also released for the Onestep/1000 model, known as the Q-Light. It fits onto any SX-70 non-folding camera model, but was cosmetically matched to the original models. Features common to the series of OneStep non-folding, fixed-focus SX70-series integral film cameras are:
• 1 element plastic lens with fixed aperture (103mm, f14.6)
• 4ft minimum focus distance.
• Exposure compensation dial around electric eye.