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Camera wont eject photo when picture is taken.

I just recieved a used 600 polaroid camera, and I followed the instructions on the web site how to use it. It turns on when I intert the photo pack, and when I take the picture, it seems to work fine: only the photo wont eject.

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  • prettymind Aug 01, 2009

    Yes, it did.

  • prettymind Aug 01, 2009

    Yes, it did.

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    Obertelli May 11, 2010

    Thanks for confirming that the camera ejected the protection sheet, it narrows down the possible causes. One more question: was the film pack out of date when you inserted it?

  • Obertelli
    Obertelli May 11, 2010

    When you first loaded the film did the camera eject the film protection sheet?



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This is due to an old photo pack as they're all past the use by date now: the battery built in to it had just enough power to eject the protection sheet and take a photo, but then went flat. There's nothing you can do to remedy this unless you fit an external battery pack. There are no kits to do this with, you have to rig something up on a DIY basis but it is fairly simple with a few basic tools and a little ingenuity. The original batteries were 6v and the camera works at 4.5v; the higher voltage gives a bit of leeway as the battery slowly discharges whilst the film pack is stored and unused.

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Are you using film from The Impossible Project, or is it old original Polaroid stock? The latter will be old and stale and may have gummed up internally. if it's faulty Impossible Project stock, then they will replace it. but you need to check first whether it's a faulty camera or faulty film.

Ultimately, unless you want to waste money on more (very expensive) film, you'd be better to get another Polaroid 600 model and switch your current photo pack into it to see whether the problem is the same. Most charity and thrift shops have boxes of these obsolete cameras sitting out back or throw out a few of them every week, you can also usually get them free from FreeCycle/Freegle or GumTree.

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All photo packs are at least two and a half years old now, and all are out of date. The in-built battery will usually be a dead as a dodo or only have barely enough power to eject the protective cover sheet and maybe take a few photos. Photo packs advertised as "refrigerated" will ALWAYS have a flat battery (cold kills batteries) others may occasionally have a battery which will last all ten shots, but the photo chemistry will usually be stale producing harsh contrast, poor colours and possibly too thick for the ejection rollers to squeeze the bag of developer right across the photo.

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Sorry, but it's an obsolete camera which is no longer supported and for which the supply of new photo packs has ceased.

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