I have about a million thoughts and things I want to say about my "new" SX-70 camera. But for your sake and mine, I'll stick to 10:
1) I bought my camera at the end of last year, and I am still very much a novice. Very, very much. But it's fun to be a beginner.
2) After years of thinking that polaroids were irrelevant in the age of iPhones and Instagram, I have happily discovered that I was very much mistaken.
3) It's certainly not a cheap hobby once you do the math and figure out how much each individual polaroid costs. But I think it ends up making each one feel more precious. I can be snap-happy with my phone and DSLR, so it's refreshing to force myself to be more thoughtful. I think the scarcity makes the few polaroids I do take feel more important.
4) And so far it's been worth every penny.
5) Patience, practice, and letting go are all important traits when using the impossible project film. It's a bit like rolling the dice. I'm not a gambler, but maybe they are similar. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
6) Patience, practice, and letting go are good traits to cultivate, not only in photography, but also in life (working title of my imaginary book proposal: Things I Learned From My Poloroid Camera).
7) There are no do-overs or crop tools or vertical adjustment software, so the importance of a well-composed shot is everything. And I have the crooked windows and poorly framed shots to prove it.
8) I'm hoping the composition practice will also benefit my digital photography. Less is more, so if I can compose a better shot and end up with fewer (but better) digital photographs to sift through, that is a huge win.
9) The wait for the film to expose is both exciting and frustrating (see #6).
10) I've now shot 16 images, some failures and some successes, but I am pretty sure that the sense of suspense and excitement when looking at a newly developed image won't be going away any time soon.
So yes, this former doubter is officially converted.