The Land List - HowTo
Guides to Camera Usage, Modification, and Repair
If you've got one of the millions of old Polaroid cameras that use
40-series or 30-series rollfilm, you've probably learned that there's no
film being made for them anymore. Well, that doesn't mean you still can't
take pictures with it. Check this link to find out how you might
try making other types of film fit your camera-- or perhaps make
your camera fit the film.
Found an old Polaroid packfilm camera? Want to try taking pictures with
it? Don't have the original manual? Well, this isn't as nice as the
instructions that Polaroid supplied with their cameras, but this should
help you get started, at least. [NOTE: This page is rather
graphics-intensive compared with the rest of this site, so please be
patient if you have a slow 'net connection.]
As you probably noticed (hence the first 'HowTo' on this page), Polaroid
hasn't made film for any of these cameras in ten years. However, perhaps
you found an old, long-outdated roll of film anyway. ...Or a camera with
a half-used roll of film still in it. Or perhaps you're simply curious
how people were supposed to take pictures with these things. If any
of those things describe you, then take a look here!
[NOTE: In the future, this page will contain more illustrations]
So, you just got an old Model 360 Automatic pack camera -- complete
with its special electronic flash and charger. ...But, unfortunately,
you discovered that the batteries in the flash will no longer hold
a charge. Here are some instructions to help you replace that old
NiCad battery with a new one.
OK, so you don't have a Model 360, but you have another 'classic'
folding pack camera, and don't have any M3 flashbulbs for its original
flashgun. Thought about using an electronic flash instead? Here's a page
with some observations on this topic.
Perhaps you're lucky enough to have a Model 180, Model 195, or Model 190
professional pack camera. If so, perhaps you haven't had quite as much
luck trying to find the proper Portrait Kit and/or Close-Up kit for your
camera. Here's a way to make your own using parts from common Portrait
Kits and Close-Up Kits originally designed for the popular Automatic
This is a link to a page as part of Georg Holderied's fine
Guide to the SX-70 site. Be sure and check it out if you're
an SX-70 fancier!
This is a link to another of Georg's pages, and it details a rather
simple and easy-to-build sync converter to allow the use of
conventional electronic flashes with SX-70 cameras.
Here's yet another of Georg's pages. This time, someone took the
basic flash interface concept described in the previous link, and took it
a bit further.
The example shows an electronic flash taken from a 636 camera, which
is an International markets version of the current 'OneStep' models
sold in the USA. The flash from other common 600-series (Sun) cameras,
such as the 640 and 600 LMS, should be similar.
Last updated 02/04/2002
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