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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Re: Camera wont eject photo when picture is taken.
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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When you take a picture of darkness, are you using flash or uprating the film ? More seriously, as the film is thirteen years out of date, I seriously doubt if it is still viable. The chemicals within the film pack will have deteriorated over time, and it is my guess that they may well have leaked into the film pack's internal mechanism, thus preventing the photos being ejected. Try again with fresh film.
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.
When you swap the film from one 600 to another, slide a photo you've already taken or the original darkslide into the ejection slot to sit on top of the photo pack, if done correctly this ensures that you don't waste another exposure when you swap the photo pack over. .
The battery is almost certainly nearly flat. It has enough power to trickle charge the flash but not enough to power the ejection rollers after the initial cover sheet. The photo packs are now long out of date so most remaining packs have flat batteries. The only fix is to convert the camera to accept an external 6v dc power supply. New photo packs in black and white only with just eight shots per pack are now available, but the material isn't very stable or predictable and is strictly for enthusiasts only. Check out The Impossible Project for details.
The other possibility is an ejection motor failure. As the cameras are worthless and plentiful and also tend to break when dismantled (entirely clip together casing which was never intended to come apart again) it's not really worth repairing them.
It's probably more an issue of how/where that one image was taken in relation to the others than it is an issue of the physical condition of that one photo.
Different lighting conditions can fool the in-camera light meter and cause a photo that is either too light or too dark, and this is probably that happened. Or, sometimes someone doesn't notice and their hand/finger is over the electric eye. Generally if an image is "bad", it'll be dark or non-existant on Polaroid cameras, because of the process they use.
Easy. The same problem faced by almost all Polaroid 600 users these days: the photo pack has a flat battery.
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.
There is no cure for this, other than to modify the camera to take an external 6v battery or a plug-in adapter, but it's not easy as the camera was never designed to be taken apart. If you search my other answers you'll see that I've given instructions on how to do this many times before.
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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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
If the camera is showing no signs of life at all then you probably have an old stock photo pack loaded into it. These have the camera battery built in to them and like all batteries have a finite shelf life.
If you have a voltmeter then remove the photo pack and measure the voltage on the electrical contact points on the underside, if it's below a steady 6v then the battery is dead. If not the camera is dead and you can pick replacements up for less than the cost of a photo pack from thrift/charity shops and there's plenty of free ones available on Yahoo FreeCycle
This is a Polaroid 600, sometimes called the 'land camera' in an older guise, and this is the film and battery. http://www.epinions.com/review/Polaroid_600_Instant_Film_10_Photos_074100239660/content_353231081092 See, the battery in this camera comes in the film package. It is on the bottom of it, when you take out the cartridge when you have taken all 10 pictures (it only holds 10), you will see a paper and silver bag left at the bottom. There's your battery. So if it really is a polaroid 600, when you replace the film, you replace the battery. If the battery quits before you used all 10 prints, there's nothing you can do but replace both of them and waste the rest of the shots. I have worked with photos for years, and never seen a cartridge with more than 10 prints in it, for that camera. Not saying it's not possible, but I think you'll find there's only 10. Good luck!
I have same printer. No manual. Guess it's too simple and the creators don't think general public need instructions! I am using a Canon S1 camera. My camera screen said to press the "SET" button to print the picture that I had on my camera screen. It worked for me!!! Good luck. I'm guessing printer only prints from a camera, hence it's portability.