As first snow fell I grabbed my wife and kid for a walk. I took my Spinner and some other film cameras with me. We were walking for about half hour and I decided to take several shots with my Spinner 360 camera.
When I pulled the string, the camera went spinning as it was in slow motion and stopped half way through. The problem was that the rubber band frizzed and became hard, so the camera just couldn’t spin around as it should. Outside temperature was just 0 °C or -1 °C not so freakin’ cold but enough for your spinner to give you a headache.
I tried to cheat by heating up the rubber band in my hands, but it didn’t help, the camera slowed it’s move to the end and left the tail of the string outside.
So what you can do about it? I suggest not to shoot with spinner in winter or if you really want to make some panoramic pictures, you can just turn the spinner head with your hand, you wont be able to get 360° but if you’r fine with something around 180°, that’s the best way you can get.
The new polaroid film PX600 Silver Shade if pretty sensitive to temperature, last photoshoot I had, it was in the middle of the autumn. I can’t say that it was very cold outside but the temperature was around 7°C I think. I shot one frame with my polaroid 600 camera and when is started developing I put the frame in my camera bag. After some time I get it out of the bag and the frame was completely white. I tried the second shot but this time i put the frame in my jeans back pocket. This frame came out half blank. I was pretty pissed cause each frame costs almost as 36 roll of 35mm film.
So don’t repeat my mistakes and leave your Polaroids at home during low temperatures.