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Polaroid ProPack Revisited (with old non-instant film)

With the broken rollers and pinholes in the bellows, I felt like this camera didn’t get a fair shake. This will probably make more sense if you see the original post first.

I had some unopened film in the freezer…

Here’s the film:

VERSAPAN GAFSTAR - not kidding about the heavy base. This stuff is thick.

VERSAPAN GAFSTAR – not kidding about the heavy base. This stuff is thick.


Type 2831.

Type 2831.


It's only 46 years expired. Piece of cake.

It’s only 46 years expired. Piece of cake.


100 pack film is 3.25×4.25 inches so this is a little too tall to fit in a film pack. I trimmed it in the dark bag. My cutter won’t fit in the bag so I used scissors. It came out as an irregular quadrilateral rather than a rectangle but it fit.

I haven’t repaired the bellows so I wrapped it, similar to the job on the Kodak Six-20.

The paper that was around the film roll and black console tape.

The paper that was around the film roll and black console tape.


And finally…
An image!

An image!


The setting for original pack film on the camera is ISO 80 but Fujifilm FP100-C works without adjustment. From what I can find (not much) the GAF Versapan was ISO 125 when new. I’ve had it frozen but I don’t know its history so I figured it lost some speed. I got it backwards in my head and adjusted the Polaroid’s exposure dial to darken about 1/2 click. It is a bit dark but I didn’t have to do much post-processing, just cropping and dust cleanup, so I think this film is still ISO 100-ish. Developed for 5 minutes in HC-110 dilution B (1+31). I’ll have to do more testing. Now that I know it works and have a rough idea of speed, I can make 116 film and use some more ancient cameras!

One final note. It’s pan film, as in panchromatic, but the color sensitivities are interesting. And… never mind the cats knocked the balloons off the chair so I can’t map the colors. Any way, the colors are interesting. More testing to come.