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Polaroid one step express - can not remove old film from camera

One step express in draw for ? 4yrs battery in film pack dead. How do i get old cartridge out so I can put in new film?

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SOURCE: Polaroid One Step Close Up film cartridge won't come out

just pull as hard as you can i had the the same problem  

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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SOURCE: POLAROID ONE STEP EXPRESS INSTANT CAMERA

there is no battery in the camera. the battery comes from the film. the film has a battery in it already. you MUST have film in the camera for the light to go on and the flash to go off. all polaroid camera's are the same. you must have the film in the camera for it to work.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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SOURCE: need 600 film

its discontinued as of january 2008. try ebay

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Sx-70 is Not Ejecting FIlm When Taking Picture

Possible you got a bad film cassette. In the original Polaroid camera packs they had batteries which actually powered the whole camera. The batteries may be dead or not have much charge in them. They are good for a couple years and as you indicate the expiration is up in another month... Good luck

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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SOURCE: where can I buy a film pack and paper??????????????????????

Polaroid manufactured their last run of film for that camera this summer,so go on the WEB and search Polaroid 600 film (or ask a a local camera store). If you really like this camera, you might buy some extra, nut you already know about the battery, so don't buy more than you will use before the expiration date. When the film is gone, the camera will be useless, unless someone like Fuji,who makes the film for the camera in Japan, decides to keep making it.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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SOURCE: My polaroid is dead but theres a full pack inside.

In short, no. It's not a rechargeable battery.

You can't solve the problem with a new photo pack either as they're all long out of date and out of production and so most remaining ones also have flat batteries. Those which aren't totally dead typically die completely after ejecting the protective cover sheet.

The only fix is to modify the camera to accept an external 6v power supply, but it's not that easy as the camera casing clips together and was never designed to come apart and so often the casing breaks during the modification attempt. But given that most charity shops either have a back room full of unsold (unsellable) Polaroid cameras and that they're easily obtained via FreeCycle and Freegle it's not really an issue if it takes five or six attempts to end up with one modified camera.

The supplies of photo packs are a different issue though: they're very expensive, don't usually work unless on a modified camera and are increasingly difficult to obtain as supplies continue to dry up.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

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Hi, I recently found an old polaroid one step express camera, but there's not battery or film in it. I was wondering if there was a way to test if it still worked, and find out how to use it. Could you...


Unfortunately the only way to test it is by investing in an (expensive) new photo pack, but the cameras themselves are generally simple, robust and very reliable so it may be a worthwhile gamble if you can stand the cost of just eight photos per film pack...

The battery is an integral part of the film pack. When you put a fresh pack in, you get a fresh battery. A dead battery means the rest of the photo pack is unusable.

Original photo packs are no longer manufactured and all remaining unused Polaroid stock will be long out of date with flat batteries and stale chemicals. If kept stored cold, the chemicals may be fresh but the batteries will be flat as cold kills batteries even faster. Such photo packs cost a lot, are not guaranteed to work, and you only have the vendor's word that they have been cold stored. They're only usable in cameras modified to accept an external 4.5v dc power supply.

You can buy new and fresh photo packs from The Impossible Project, though. Just be aware that it's not the same as the original material and is really intended for artistic use. It's also not light stable and fades quickly, so scan any images you wish to keep, but is designed to be far more manipulable than the original material.

Click here for the company website where you can learn all about their product and how best to use it. You can buy directly or the site shows you where a few retailers are (not many worldwide).

Aug 17, 2011 | Polaroid OneStep Express Instant Camera

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I have not used this camera in years and assume that film battery is dead - green light flashes and also wondering if tab is not on the film - how do I get out. Is there a place other than film to put...


Polaroid 600 film cameras only have a single battery, built into the film packs. To remove the film pack, open the door on the door and grip the sides of the pack and slide it out.

Jul 06, 2011 | Polaroid One600 Pro Instant Camera

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It's regarding an instant 636 camera, there's a new pack of films in there, shot 2 polaroids and now the camera doesn't work anymore. The light of the flash doesn't burn and when I try to click to make a...


Unless you got your film from The Impossible Project, then there's no such thing any more as new Polaroid film. There is a lot of overpriced and unused old stock though which is all so long out of date that the batteries (built into the film pack) are all now effectively dead. Often the photo chemicals are stale as well, although if the film has been kept refrigerated (and you only have the sellers word for that) the chemicals may be fine but the battery will still be dead as cold kills batteries.

You have no way to save the current film pack, but to continue to use your camera in future you can either modify it to accept an external 6v d.c power supply (battery pack or mains adapter) or buy film from The Impossible Project.

I hope that my reply has given you suitable options for the continued use of your camera. Please take a moment to rate my answer.

Mar 10, 2011 | Polaroid Instant Cameras

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Where is the battery located on the polaroid onestep express instant camera?


The battery is incorporated into the photo pack: you get a new battery when you change photo packs.

The problem is that all photo packs are now long out of date.(the last photo packs were manufactured nearly three years ago) and that batteries are likely to either be dead or to have insufficient power to finish a photo pack. Photo packs which have been kept refrigerated will have fresh photo chemistry, but cold kills batteries, so the only way that they're guaranteed to work is by modifying the camera to accept an external 6v power supply.

The expense of photo packs, their scarcity and the fact that most are now useless means that Polaroid Instant cameras are now worthless and virtually unusable. Last summer, a French company acquired the rights to remanufacture photo packs but has yet to announce a production date, but if they do go into production you can expect to pay at least £30 for just ten photos.

All photo formats eventually die: unfortunately Polaroid Instant has effectively done so along with some 35mm negative and transparency films.

Apr 10, 2010 | Polaroid OneStep Express Instant Camera

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I am looking for my polaroid camera film. 600 plus


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.

Dec 21, 2009 | Polaroid Instant Cameras

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How do we find battery component on old Polaroid camera...


Each film cartridge contains a new battery. Every time you replace the film, you get a new battery.

Now the bad news...
As of June 2008, Polaroid no longer makes film. The last of what was produced is expiring in 10/2009.

The hopeful news...
Polaroid may be licensing other companies to manufacture film again (after 2009) and another group is hard at work trying to produce a similar film for these cameras (http:\\www.the-impossible-project.com). But don't expect any of this to be available any time soon.

Sep 24, 2009 | Polaroid Instant Cameras

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Stopped taking pictures


How old is the film in camera & when did you put in the film?

Polaroid's battery is built in with the film package.
If the package is old or been in the camera for a long time battery may be low or dead.

Try changing film out.

Good Luck! Hope this helped. Please rate.
MSG back if you need more help.


Mar 11, 2009 | Polaroid OneStep Express Instant Camera

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POLAROID ONE STEP EXPRESS INSTANT CAMERA


there is no battery in the camera. the battery comes from the film. the film has a battery in it already. you MUST have film in the camera for the light to go on and the flash to go off. all polaroid camera's are the same. you must have the film in the camera for it to work.

Jan 15, 2009 | Polaroid OneStep Express Instant Camera

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Polaroid one step 600


The battery is included in the film pack. If you open the film door you will see the battery contacts in the lower side of the compartment. These line up with the battery holes (looks like foil in the holes) in the film pack. If you have an old film pack and no power the battery in the old pack may be dead.

May 29, 2008 | Polaroid One Instant Camera

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