How do I use a Polaroid back?

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by sparta_gwen, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Sorry for the dumb question. I have never used one and just acquired a used
    medium format. I shoot mostly 35mm - and have never used one on it as well. I am
    not sure how to go about using the polaroid back. I've used a regular polaroid
    camera but not a back.

    Can anyone tell me how to use one? Once connected to the camera do I just fire
    the camera as I do with regular film and pull the polaroid out, peel right away?
    Am I missing any step (or if there is a resource online for this).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Yes , just be sure to remove the dark slide.
     
  3. Assuming that your film back takes Instant pack film you may find this guide useful.
    Instant Pack Film Guide
    Ferdi.
     
  4. Any way you use it, I've heard it won't be for long. Isn't Polaroid stopping making film?

    I'm really unclear on how interchangeable the Fuji instant films are with Polaroid backs, etc.
     
  5. The Fuji films all fit in the same size Polaroid backs.
     
  6. In case it's not clear (it wasn't for me), don't try to feed anything through the rollers when you load the back. All of the tabs, including the white tab, lay on top of the rollers when you close the back. Pull on the white cardboard tab to load the first film and reveal the paper tab. Pull on the black paper tab to develop the shot you've just taken (and load the next film).
     
  7. Thanks everyone! It was helpful and it worked successfully.

    Edward,thanks, yes that was a bit confusing at first.

    JDM, I used the FUJI FP-100c on a Polaroid back and it worked. I use the 6x4.5 format and it's less than the Polaroid cost. Hopefully Fuji keeps producing it.
     
  8. "Pull on the white cardboard tab to load the first film and reveal the paper tab. Pull on the black paper tab to develop the shot you've just taken (and load the next film)."

    Just so it's clear, the sequence is:
    A - Take a picture
    B - Pull the white strip out
    C - Pull the tab

    A - Take a next picture
    B - Pull the next white strip out
    C - Pull the next tab

    A - [Etcetera]

    Not (!):
    B - Pull the white strip out
    A - Take a picture
    C - Pull the tab

    B - Pull the next white strip out
    A - Take a next picture
    C - Pull the next tab

    B - [etcetera].
     

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