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52 Cameras: # 134 — Polaroid Sun 600 LMS




Scanned on a CanoScan 9000f at 600DPI. These are resized to 1024 pixels on the short side.
The first two are also in the video. There are 8 frames in a pack of Impossible film — it’s not like I have 36 images to choose from, plus, I really like them.
Zoe.  No idea why it happened but I love the colors on the white walls.

Zoe. No idea why it happened but I love the colors on the white walls.


Most RVs run the gamut from butt-ugly to "meh".  Airstreams are cool.

Most RVs run the gamut from butt-ugly to “meh”. Airstreams are cool.


This is a lame picture but it’s the result of an experiment so I included it. I used a telephoto adapter for a Canon AF35ML/Super Sure Shot/Autoboy Super (which sadly, I don’t have working yet). I framed using the adapter lens held over the viewfinder lens and then moved it over the taking lens. I was a little sloppy with the framing (no tripod) and got my finger in the picture but it works! That means I can use an even longer telephoto, a wide angle, or even a fish-eye adapter. I do need to adjust for the loss of light next time — there ain’t no free lunch.
There's a hummingbird in there somewhere.

There’s a hummingbird in there somewhere.


Another developer-didn’t-quite-reach splat. Still, not bad for film that’s been expired for 2 years.
My sweeties, chillin' on the couch.

My sweeties, chillin’ on the couch.


Just after sunset using flash override.  Highlighting the foliage in the foreground would've looked weird.

Just after sunset using flash override. Highlighting the foliage in the foreground would’ve looked weird.


My other swwetie, Trinity.  She has a 6th sense like Zoe, and starts moving when a shutter fires.

My other swwetie, Trinity. She has a 6th sense like Zoe, and starts moving when a shutter fires.


Last frame in the pack -- walking into the sun on our street.

Last frame in the pack — walking into the sun on our street.




A sexy little beast.

A sexy little beast.


Frog tongue.

Frog tongue.


Nice clean film chamber and rollers.

Nice clean film chamber and rollers.


Original case.

Original case.


Detail of the strange override button.

Detail of the strange override button.

52 Cameras: # 112 — Polaroid SX-70 Sonar




Not much in addition to what’s in the video — Impossible only gives you 8 frames per pack. I had a blank “oops”, too close flash over exposure, and accidentally took two shots of Pokey.
J-Man looking all cool.

J-Man looking all cool.


Princess Zoe.

Princess Zoe.


With the extra frame, I think Pokey will make a cool emulsion lift.

With the extra frame, I think Pokey will make a cool emulsion lift.


I was cutting out wormy bits to make juice with some of our apples.

I was cutting out wormy bits to make juice with some of our apples.


I met John for drinks after he did the Big-T route as training for the John Muir Trail.

I met John for drinks after he did the Big-T route as training for the John Muir Trail.

I did some tweaks on the exposure levels on these.

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: # 99 — Polaroid CU-5 Pinhole




Thanks to the folks at Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day for getting me started in another addictive diversion.

1200DPI scans on a CanoScan 9000f. I scanned in color and decided to leave them that way.

The scanned images in the video and the ones posted here are unedited except for resizing. The negative scans had levels adjusted before reversing to positive. It’s kind of a cool effect doing it that way — I just have to reverse my thinking to imagine what it will look like.

Socorro Peak from the Socorro Holiday Inn Express.

Socorro Peak from the Socorro Holiday Inn Express.

I haven’t scanned the Socorro Peak negative yet. I put it between two pieces of paper to protect it not realizing it still had wet developer goo on it. I washed off some of the emulsion with the glued-on paper.

Negative from my test shot.  It's grainier but the boosted contrast really adds something.

Negative from my test shot. It’s grainier but the boosted contrast really adds something.

The tire swing.  Not bad for a pinhole but kind of "meh".

The tire swing. Not bad for a pinhole but kind of “meh”.

Tire swing negative.  The grain and contrast give it a melancholy feel.

Tire swing negative. The grain and contrast give it a melancholy feel.

Curly grass in the back yard.

Curly grass in the back yard.

Curly grass negative.

Curly grass negative.

Some people have gotten sharp images using pinhole cameras. I’m not there yet. I’m going to try more experiments and not wait until the week before next year’s Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day to cobble something together.

Phound Photos Volume 3

I spotted some Minolta 16 film in a “lot” auction online. To get it I had to buy a Polaroid 268 flash, some bulbs that don’t fit it, Flashcubes, and a Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 230. A lot of shipping to get some tiny film cartridges but you do what you gotta do.

The 230 turned out to be pretty nice. The film in it was dried out but it has a manual and a cold clip. With a 3 X AAA kludge to give it 4.5 volts, I verified the shutter works too.

Tucked in the front of the case with the manual was this photo.

Polaroid 80 series pack film.

Polaroid 80 series pack film.

No idea who or where. All I know is she’s married, probably right-handed, drinks Maxwell House coffee, and wears really cool glasses.

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 84 part 2 — Polaroid One Step Flash

Weird expired-effects aside, I love this film. I’ll get some more fresh and shoot it fresh and see how it goes. Every time I’ve purchased Impossible film, it’s been better than the last so they’re still hard at work improving the formulas.

Scanned on the Canoscan 9000f at 2400DPI. Resized to 10% except for the detail images which are 1024 X 768 crops of the full-sized scans.

Cool accident. It looks like someone in a v-neck and a blazer.

This was the first shot.  I handed her the camera without telling her it was loaded.

This was the first shot. I handed her the camera without telling her it was loaded.

I liked the long grass before the bubbles.  I still do.

I liked the long grass before the bubbles. I still do.

Amoebas are eating my prints!

100 % crop detail of the grass shot.

100 % crop detail of the grass shot.

I know it’s supposed to be black and white but the rust color is gorgeous.

This detail is from the upper left where the developer ran out.  Auto-level tweak in Preview.

This detail is from the upper left where the developer ran out. Auto-level tweak in Preview.

Kind of bummed about the bubbles in this shot.

Kind of bummed about the bubbles in this shot.

100% crop.  The crops are interesting so... lemonade!

100% crop. The crops are interesting so… lemonade!

100% crop.  That strange fern effect.  TIP says it's probably an artifact from bending while the print is developing.

100% crop. That strange fern effect. TIP says it’s probably an artifact from bending while the print is developing.

Our Jack-o'-lantern on 1 November.  I'm documenting his slow return to the earth.

Our Jack-o’-lantern on 1 November. I’m documenting his slow return to the earth.

I found an interesting article about doing emulsion lifts from Impossible film. It’ll be interesting to see where the spots are in the print layers.

Update 16 July 2016

I sold this camera but here’s what it looks like.

Front Open

Front Open

Front Closed

Front Closed

Film Compartment

Film Compartment

Side Open

Side Open

Back -- Made in the UK!

Back — Made in the UK!

A cool camera in great shape but I have a few almost like it so off it went to a new home.

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.