Polaroid Pack Film Camera

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  1. Hi, i'm thinking of buying a collapsable polaroid pack film camera. I've heard that the batteries for them can be hard to find and expensive. While researching this type of camera i noticed that there is a modification that can allow it to run on AAA batteries. Does anyone know how to do this. A link to instructions would be great.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Its taking me longer to suggest you to try using Google, in the future, to find a link than it took using Google to find you links. Twelve seconds. Coincidentally, one of these mentions that Google is your friend.
    http://brianhurseyphotography.com/blog/?p=115
    http://www.instantoptions.com/conversions/104/104.6.php
     
  3. The main problem I've had with pack film cameras is cleaning the corrosion out of them or fixing the bellows. The batteries are easy and I've heard that radioshack stocks one that will match the voltage and shape of the old battery.
     
  4. http://the-way-to-dusty-death.blogspot.com/2016/02/polaroid-land-camera-100-battery-mod.html
     
  5. And I just heard today that Fuji is discontinuing the pack film.
     
  6. I have a Polaroid Land 450 and it takes a special 3 volt batter for shutter and one for the timer. With Fujifilm, the don't have enough time on the timer to worry about. I let it develop minimum of 3 minutes and 5 or more is alright. Fujifilm was different than Polaroid. Once you pull the picture out you can leave it for a long period... even drive home and peel them all at once at home if you want.

    For my 3V battery I use a CR123 I believe, which is a cheap 3 volt battery. It doesn't have snaps on the end, but I have a rubber band and if you just place it in the battery holder, you can use the rubber band to snug it all up.

    250, 350, and 450 had Zeiss-Ikon rangefinders and glass element lenses. They also have tripod sockets and if you can use one of those Polaroid flash ends (funny PC connection with L bracket end) and spice it into your favorite electronic flash cable, you can use electronic flash pretty good. Without that the eye tries to set the shutter speed. When you put that special plug into the side for the flash connection, it makes the shutter speed on speed, and pretty quick too.

    This is useful: http://www.rwhirled.com/landlist/how2-packflash.htm

    And this link is REAL helpful to learn of the limitations and the beauty of Instant film pictures. http://www.dantestella.com/technical/roidrage.html
     

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