POLAVISION MOTION PICTURE CAMERAS (Polavision Phototape)
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COLLECTOR'S NOTES: Due to the poor sales of all Polavision equipment, this would seem to be an ideal category for the would-be Land camera collector; some of the accessories in particular seem to be rather uncommon. [The camera itself doesn't appear to be all that uncommon, however] The "SE" (Special Edition) version of the Polavision camera was also available as part of an outfit including several accessories which might not have been available elsewhere.
Polavision camera with original display box [JPEG, 12k]
A not-entirely-complete Polavision Special Edition Outfit [JPEG, 25k]
A Polavision Player, three-quarter view. A 12 inch (30 cm) ruler shows scale.[JPEG, 10k]
A Polavision Player with the Phototape slot cover open and the back door open. [JPEG, 12k]
In summer of 2001, I was very generously given two unexposed Type 618 Polavision Phototapes from Tom Corbitt, a visitor to this site. They were, of course, very much out of date (despite being among the last such film produced), but had been stored well over the years and were still partially usable. So, thanks to Tom, I have now been able to use my Polavision system in the way it was originally intended. (!)
A Polavision Phototape ready to process! [JPEG, 47k]
The end result was a movie with a grainy and uneven appearance, with perhaps 20% of the film not developing at all. However, I'm impressed that I even got any sort of usable image considering its age.
I wanted to put a few stills from this film up here on the web site, but it was a bit more difficult than expected to get good quality photographs off of the Polavision Player screen. This is probably due to three things: (1) the low light output of the Player, (2) the plastic Fresnel lens used as a screen on the Player, and (3) the fact that the Player lacks any sort of still-frame capability. But, hey, I guess one good shot is better than nothing. I might try again later if there's enough interest.
By the way, I have seen one "old" Polavision film that was shot when the system (and film) would have still been current, and while it wasn't exactly high in quality either, the grain looked a lot less random and the colors were considerably more saturated compared with what you'll see here.
Nature's colorful fall leaves meet Polavision's colorful confetti-like grain structure. [JPEG, 78k]
Enlarged detail from the same frame shown above. [JPEG, 39k]
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