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52 Cameras: # 105 — Polaroid Land Camera Automatic 104

Not much to show for finished images. I shot three Fuji FP-100C frames but the last one was a test to see if I’d found the problem with the intermittent connection and it’s completely black. I have to be frugal since Fuji has discontinued the last of their pack films.

<DAVE RANT>
How can you have a global monopoly on pack film with millions (tens of millions?) of cameras still in use and not make enough money to bother manufacturing it any more?

Seriously, how much profit margin does Fuji need? They don’t have any engineering costs to pay down, it was Polaroid’s design. Maybe a little bit to improve it over the years but they didn’t eat billions (in today’s dollars) like Polaroid did to invent integral film from scratch.

We’re stuck with Instax (a derivative of Kodak’s instant film) for now but if anyone figures out how to mirror-image Impossible film or shoot it through the back, I’m done with these greedy, fickle [bleep]s forever.

Seriously, sell the manufacturing equipment and put the film formulas into the public domain. If you can’t make money with a monopoly, you’re the problem, not the product. Let someone else have a go at it.
</DAVE RANT>

Sorry, I had to get that out.

I tested this camera after cleaning the battery compartment and contacts and the shutter opened. To get some justice from the battery that crapped up the camera, I removed the snaps from the ends of it (the 3V batteries have larger connectors than 9V batteries) and soldered them to the ends of a CR123 lithium battery.

I’m glad I tested again before loading because it stopped working. That’s when I traced the battery wire to the shutter circuit, re-soldered the battery connector, and replaced the foam.

The old foam was fugly and getting crumbs in the working bits.

The old foam was fugly and getting crumbs in the working bits.

Foam from Michael's and white glue.

Foam from Michael’s and white glue.

The shutter was working consistently now so I loaded film and got a late evening image that was back-lit and too dark.

Still cute though.

Still cute though.

Try again with the flash gun.

Dammit!  No flash.  I even wasted a bulb making sure the 268 flash was working.

Dammit! No flash. I even wasted a bulb making sure the 268 flash was working.

I opened it back up and started doing continuity tests. My meter has a nice diode check function that beeps if point ‘A’ and point ‘B’ are connected. I’d get BEEEEP-BE-BE-[silence]-BEEEEP-BE-BE… Argh! Nothing is a bigger PITA than intermittent connections.

Quote from Brian R: Sometimes it’s intermittent but not always.

I guess was cheaper to manufacture but seeing ribbon cable instead of a proper circuit board made me sad — it can melt before solder becomes liquid and it gets brittle with age. It lasted 50 years so I guess I shouldn’t complain but I am because it made me think and work.

At least there were only seven lines from the photocell side to the shutter side.

At least there were only seven lines from the photocell side to the shutter side.

Spiffed up with colorful telephone wire.  The last power wire isn't connected yet.

Spiffed up with colorful telephone wire. The last power wire isn’t connected yet.

An Instax Wide cartridge is a tight fit vertically but it fits. Side-to-side, I eyeballed the spacing with an empty cartridge and did it by feel with a partially used cartridge in the dark bag.

About a pinky width.

About a pinky width.

The last bit is unscrewing some parts in the Polaroid so the back will close over the Instax cartridge.

Don't have to drill any rivets yet.

Don’t have to drill any rivets yet.

Converting from ISO 800 Instax to 100 for the camera is done with a minus-3-stop (ND8) neutral density filter.

I didn’t adjust the exposure and the image is a little dark. The cell being 50 years old might have something to do with that too.

Herbs in pots.

Herbs in pots.

My dark bag can’t hold a pack film camera and an Lomo Instant Wide with room to work. I transferred the film from the Lomo to a film box in the bag, opened up and swapped the Polaroid in, loaded the film, took the picture, moved the film from the Polaroid to the box in the bag, swapped in the Lomo, loaded the film, took the Lomo out of the bag, and took a shot with the lens cap on. Somewhere in that convoluted mess, I got a light leak.

There’s a video on Youtube where a guy loaded the Instax into a pack film cartridge and shot into the front of the Instax film. I may have to play with that but that’s not how it’s made — just look at how the film is oriented when it exits your Instax camera. Like the Kodak instant film or any camera without a mirror between the lens and the emulsion, you have to shoot the back or you get a mirror image. I’ll update this post or do another one with the optics involved so you can see I’m not full of beans.

I can’t bust his chops too much — he has a calico.

52 Cameras: Camera 92 part 2 — Apple QuickTake 200

Right at three years ago, I used the camera’s video out and captured a couple of images without a memory card.

Zoe is always first.

Zoe is always first.

USB tuner/video capture device.

USB tuner/video capture device.

Pointed the camera at the capture screen.  Infinity!

Pointed the camera at the capture screen. Infinity!

Blurry Jem

EXIF shows a shutter speed of '2'.  Manual says the shutter goes to 1/4 second so I don't know what that means.

EXIF shows a shutter speed of ‘2’. Manual says the shutter goes to 1/4 second so I don’t know what that means.

I got a little too close.  The ear is in focus.

I got a little too close. The ear is in focus.

F/2.2 is kind of nice.

F/2.2 is kind of nice.

No resolution but daylight color depth is there.

No resolution but daylight color depth is there.

52 Cameras: Camera 88 part 2 — Lomo Instant Wide

Scanned on a CanoScan 9000f at 1200DPI.  Exposure level tweaks on Muir Woods and the cats.  Reduced to 25% for upload.

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

A little fuzzy and blown out but nice colors.

A little fuzzy and blown out but nice colors.

City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

Our neighbor's trees. Not Muir Woods but nice.

Our neighbor’s trees. Not Muir Woods but nice.

This last one is with the close-up lens. It’s overexposed — I used the flash too close in too-bright ambient light. It was still a good test of the range and depth of field of the lens. The front cat is at 4 inches, the gray cat is at 5 inches, and the matchbox with the horrible flash reflection is at 6.

Mexican stone cats

Mexican stone cats

52 Cameras: Camera 87 part 2 — Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera

I’m seriously bummed that Fuji stopped making this film. I can shoot color and then convert in Photoshop but it’s just not the same. Scanned at 1200DPI on the CanoScan 9000f. A little dust cleanup on a couple but no exposure edits.

The pumpkin continues to melt.

The pumpkin continues to melt.

Cereal and something to read in your PJs is a good start to any day.

Cereal and something to read in your PJs is a good start to any day.

The ever-photogenic Zoe.

The ever-photogenic Zoe.

Jem is up to something.  I don't know what but something.

Jem is up to something. I don’t know what but something.

52 Cameras: Camera 76 part 2 – FujiFilm Instax Mini 7S

Scanned at 1200DPI on the Canoscan 9000f. I cropped the borders and resized for upload.

Crazy mannequin in the yard at Boomerang Thrift Shop.

Crazy mannequin in the yard at Boomerang Thrift Shop.

Goober, that handsome devil.

Goober, that handsome devil.

Train station in Santa Fe.

Train station in Santa Fe.

Cool tree on Sandoval St. in Santa Fe.

Cool tree on Sandoval St. in Santa Fe.

I ran out of time tonight but I’m determined to find out how the Instax Mini 7S controls exposure…

22 September update: The camera definitely adjusts the aperture to control exposure. I set the Nikon AW100 to “fireworks” mode to get a long shutter and snapped the inside of the Instax while it fired. I thought I’d have to be clever and defeat interlocks but it turns out the Instax doesn’t care if the back is open or if there is film loaded with regard to the shutter and flash.

"Clear", as in sunny, setting.

“Clear”, as in sunny, setting.

"Indoor - Dark" setting.

“Indoor – Dark” setting.

52 Cameras: Camera 74 part 2 — Fujifilm FinePix J10

Quite a trip: La Mesilla to Santa Fe to Albuquerque to Bloomfield to Colorado Springs and then the whole thing in reverse.

I was surprised how much I like this camera. This is the first Fuji/Fujica/Fujifilm camera I’ve shot with and it’s not bad at all. I had to order a capacitor for the flash and I hope that’s all it will take to fix it.

Somewhere on US 550 between Bernalillo and Farmington, NM.

Somewhere on US 550 between Bernalillo and Farmington, NM.

I can't remember if this is northern NM or southern CO.

I can’t remember if this is northern NM or southern CO.

Rainbow on the plains near Walsenburg, CO.

Rainbow on the plains near Walsenburg, CO.

Packard Clipper near Walsenburg, CO.

Packard Clipper near Walsenburg, CO.

I played in Photoshop a bit for the image below. I lightened the shadows, darkened the highlights, and boosted the midtone contrast. It looks like an HDR image. The colors are more like what my eyes saw in the early morning light but it lost some detail. I’m not sure if I like it or not — maybe a little heavy-handed.

Edited version.

Edited version.

Abandoned house on what's now Forbes Ranch land.

Abandoned house on what’s now Forbes Ranch land.

Thistles near the house in the previous photo.

Thistles near the house in the previous photo.