I love this old Polaroid! I bought it at the Rutledge flea market last month for a dollar.
This camera was made from 1965-1967, so it’s older than I am. It came complete with a groovy carrying case, a portrait kit (which consists of a wide aperture lens, a flash filter, and a snap-on viewfinder), a cold-clip (which is something you put your developing exposure in and keep in your armpit on cold days so the picture is warm enough to develop properly), and a flash gun.
There’s nowhere to buy film packs for this camera locally, so I have to order them online. I found a place to buy a battery, too – the camera uses a strange old battery that has 9-volt-style snaps on it, one on the bottom and one on the top. Although flash bulbs are no longer made, they still exist and can also be purchased on the web for a little over a dollar per flash. (I only bought two boxes, and use the camera outside most of the time.) (I also bought these.)
This camera takes amazing pictures; even though the film is new the images come out looking like they’re thirty years old. The portrait kit, used outdoors with ample light and color film, takes amazing photos. I took one of Ella on her 1st birthday sitting in her highchair and it’s easily the best portrait I’ve ever taken.
While these cameras are fairly plentiful, it’s hard to find accessories. I really want a cloud filter. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Film: 100/660-Series Land Pack Films (3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)
Flashbulbs: M3 Clear Bulb
Battery: No. 531 4.5 volt alkaline battery
Land List – an enthusiast’s repository of basic reference information regarding Polaroid Land Cameras and related products. This site is the vintage Polaroid Bible.
photobattery.com – sells new batteries for old cameras. I got the 531-analogue I needed for $14… which is kinda funny, considering I only paid $1 for the camera itself! Snort!
Cress Photo – sells vintage bulbs! Oh yes they do!
adorama.com – cheapest 600-series pack film I could find online.
Here are the kick-ass photos this thing takes.
3/20/09 Update Polaroid has stopped making 600-series pack films as of the end of 2008, but you can get Fuji instant films that will fit!