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Re: storm ravaged old film camera- no power
Water or any liquid is a camera killer, unless it's a under water camera. don't know of any camera repair shops that will repair liquid damaged camera's Reason---- cannot guarantee them. So it looks like you have a neat paper weight.
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OK it's worth asking which Impossible film you're using, as they're selling two kinds. One being old outdated and repackaged Polaroid made film, and one being their new production run film.
If you've purchased the old stock stuff there's a VERY good chance those old batteries in the pack are simply exhaused beyond use and the film pack is therefore useless. I'd personally contact Impossible for support.
Original Polaroid film ceased production a few years ago and so remaining stocks are all so long out of date that the built-in camera batteries are either totally dead or have just enough power to eject the cover slide before failing. There are suppliers of old stock film on sites like eBay, but unless you have modified your camera to take an external 6v dc power supply then you'll be wasting your money. Some suppliers claim the film has been kept fresh via refrigerated storage, but this only extends the life of the photo chemicals: cold storage kills batteries even more quickly.
There is one company, The Impossible Project, which has recently started to produce film for your camera with the approval of Polaroid. Their product only has eight shots per pack instead of the original ten, and currently it's only available in black and white but colour film is planned for production in the near future.
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The battery in the film back is only used to supply power when the back is off the camera, when it is on the body power is supplied by the six batteries in the body so try them and also make sure the film insert is properly seated.
There's a high likelihood that the film transport motor is dead. This means a trip to repair shop. Other possible causes... Battery On-off switch film canister itself. end of roll switch. film door switch
I also suggest looking around on Ebay for another to use as a parts donor.
It's been out of production now for about two years. Any you do find will be past the expiry date, so you'll likely either find that the battery pack has insufficient power to last an entire film pack or that the film itself is "off" and has poor colours and that the emulsion does not get squeezed by the film rollers into the photo corners.
Any film packs you do find are likely to be expensive AND a total gamble. A company was recently reported to have announced plans to put the film packs back into production next year, but prices are likely to be at least £30 for just one (ten photo) film pack and I've heard nothing more since then.
What I did with my old Polaroid camera was to fit an external 6v battery pack of my own design to the camera. I then kept an eye out for old stock film packs which have been kept refrigerated; this meant that the batteries in the film packs were always flat but the photo chemistry itself remained fresh and fully usable. I'd post links showing you how I modified the camera, but lost interest a few months ago and sold the camera and photo packs to an enthusiastic photography student. It is a straightforward job though which simply involves opening the camera, soldering one wire to each of the two battery terminals and then running the wires out through the base of the camera to any suitable 6v battery pack. I used a slim LiPo battery left over from a dead digital camera.
The battery for the Poloarid is in the film pack.
Each film pack has enough battery power to shoot the film in the pack.
The problem is that if the pack sits around for too long the battery will die making the film pack useless.
Hello drummer 37, As I recall, this was a peculiar problem with all 35mm film cameras. Your canera could have; a bad battery or batteries, a short to the film advance motor, or corrosion, or bad gears to the film advance motors, or end of film, etc. You would need to open your camera in a darkroom bag and remove any film inside. If no film inside the camera, then do a circuit check from batteries to every electronic component and motor using battery power or bench check the camera's motors by bypassing the batteries with an AC/DC benchtop power supply. Wow - really expensive and time-consuming = complete stripdown and repair. Depending on the camera make, it would be your decision whether to compare repair price to camera value. If it is no longer in production meaning parts need to be cannabalized from another old non-working camera, the cost of repair would exceed the value of the camera. Look for another good used model or move on to a digital SLR camera as your tool.