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Polaroid holga back

We just bougt a polaroid back for our lomo Holga camera, we followed the instructions on the polaroid website for loading and shooting, but everytime we pull the film out it jams and/or splits, we have already used two fils, what is wrong? is it the back thats faulty or something we are doing, is this a common problem we couldn't find anything on the internet about it.... thanks =)

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I just had the same problem, but then I realized that the film was not fed properly through the rollers...after struggling for a while, I managed to feed it properly, but now I am getting a large white streak where the rollers are. Any suggestions?

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If it was just the folding lever part of the rewinder which has broken off then you'll need to use a flat bladed screwdriver or the tip of a knife to lever up the rewind knob sufficiently to pull it up and open the camera.

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In my holga 120 cfn the flash doesn't go off when i press the shutter. the batteries seem fine and the orange light turns on, but when i press the shutter nothing happens. a couple of times it has worked,...

The flash would fire as per the requirement, in auto mode.

If the ambient light is enough then the flash will not fire.

In case you need to use the flash in bright conditions (e.g. For using as a fill flash) please repeatedly press the flash button (The one with the lightning symbol on it) till you get a lightning bolt symbol on the camera display.

Now your flash will fire on every shot that you click!

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The winder knob broke on my holga broke how do I fix it?

Sorry but without examining the camera it's impossible to give a definite answer.

What is certain is that all Holga and Lomos are very cheaply manufactured from poor quality materials and that spare parts are not available as they're not designed to be repaired. Almost all of thenm state that the camera lifespan is about 12 rolls of film and on some models it's as low as 6 rolls. The low quality is not really an issue in their home markets as they sell for peanuts in China, but as they've become a fashionable item in the West the importers put them in fancy packaging and charge silly prices.

Most commonly the winder knob either breaks off or the gears inside strip. Sometimes the first fault can be temporarily repaired by drilling and inserting a screw. The second fault cannot be realistically fixed. Unfortunately, most Holgas are made from plastics which are incompatible with most glues.

Sorry to disappoint you, but your only realistic fix is likely to be to replace the camera. There are plenty of old non-professional 120 film cameras lying unused, all you have to do is ask on FreeCycle or Freegle. Such models will usually be better built and have better lenses and light seals though, so you may lose some of the lo-fi unpredictablity that Holgas and Lomos are popular for.

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You don't need one, put the film in and shoot, with or without flash. But you can try here.

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Just rememer what film speed your are using.

Hope they are helpful.


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