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Can Polaroid photos be removed from the old "cards" and placed in a photo album without fading; or is it better to try to copy them and print? Thanks

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Having photographic quality copy prints made will give you far longer life than the original Polaroid. Polaroid colour dyes will shift colours and eventually fade dramatically. New photographic (and some ink jet) prints will last generations without noticeable fading.

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My Polaroid 600 prints out 2 films at a time and the first one is half printed and the second is blank.


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. .

Sep 22, 2011 | Polaroid Instant Cameras

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Show me a video how to insert polaroid one 600 camera batteries


The battery is built into the photo pack, so when you load a fresh photo pack from The Impossible Project, you get a fresh battery. Photo packs are and always have been expensive, so this guarantees you don't end up with a flat battery halfway through a photo pack. Note that all original Polaroid manufactured photo packs are now so long out of date that they all have flat (or very nearly so) batteries; you should only use them in specially modified cameras using an external 4.5v dc power supply, but even then you may find that the photo chemicals are so old that they do not perform as expected (if at all).

A video showing you how to load the photo pack on any typical 600 series Polaroid camera is here if you need it., courtesy of Kaituba on YouTube.

Sep 07, 2011 | Polaroid 600 Business Edition Instant...

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How do i load the film


There's a sliding catch on the left side of the camera (as viewed from the front) at the forward edge. Slide it and the lower front panel drops down to reveal the loading slot. Insert the photo pack (you may need to remove an old empty photo pack first).

If the new photo pack is an original Polaroid one, then because they are all so old and far out of date then you may find that the battery is totally dead or has just enough power to eject the cover slide and perhaps one photo. If that is the case either convert your camera to accept an external 6v dc power supply before using the expensive photo pack or buy a freshly manufactured compatible pack from The Impossible Project.

May 04, 2011 | Polaroid One600 Pro Instant Camera

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Do you know what stores will have 600 film for a onestep polaroid camera


Virtually none, it's an obsolete camera and photo system.

The only place you can now get guaranteed working photo packs for your camera is via The Impossible Project, with Polaroid's permission they've re-invented and are producing photo packs which work in Polaroid cameras. It's not the exact same material though; the original film chemicals are no longer produced so they had to re-invent the system almost from scratch. The new packs only have eight shots instead of ten and are expensive; they're really aimed at artists and professional users. The photos are also unstable and quickly fade, so scan anything you wish to keep long term.

All original Polaroid branded material is now so long out of date that the built in batteries will be flat and the chemicals will likely be stale. Refrigerated packs will have good chemicals but stone dead batteries as cold kills batteries, but they can be used in cameras modified to take an external 6v dc power supply. You only have the vendor's word that the packs were kept cold, and you have no idea how long they were kept cold for. The packs are not guaranteed to work but are still very expensive.

You can order via mail from The Impossible Project, or their website tells you of a handful of outlets worldwide which also sell it.

Mar 06, 2011 | Polaroid Instant Cameras

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Picture does not eject


Polaroid photo packs have the camera battery built into them, and by now every single one will either be stone cold dead or with only just about enough power to eject the cover slide and power the shutter. Even if the battery did work, you'd find the photo chemicals have also gone stale, producing odd colour casts, uneven contrast and usually the camera eject rollers fail to squeeze the chemicals right across the photo fully into the far corners. If the photo pack has been stored refrigerated the whole time before use then the chemistry may be good but the battery will definitely be as dead as a dodo as cold kills batteries.

You only have two fixes:-

1. Remove the current photo pack in total darkness and store it in a light-proof bag, and then modify the camera to take an externally switched 6V dc power supply (it only really needs 4.5V, but 6V is fine and easier/cheaper to get batteries/transformers for). Then replace your photo pack, it will wastefully self-eject the top photo as if it was a cover slide. As the camera was never designed to be dismantled this often results in a broken camera, but they are ten a penny at thrift shops and charity stores and easily available for free via FreeCycle/Freegle.

2. Remove and discard the current photo pack and replace it with a new one from The Impossible Project. Note that they are not the same as the original material: there's only 8 shots instead of 10 and the results are less predictable and far more prone to fading, so scan photos after taking them to preserve the images. The material is aimed far more at artistic users who wish to manipulate the images during development.

Feb 21, 2011 | Polaroid Spectra AF Instant Camera

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When I take a picture with my Polaroid amigo 620 the film is extremely underexposed..I don't know if this is typical of the 600 film or not being as old as it is now. If there is a solution, how do I fix...


Unfortunately all bets are off as far as Polaroid 600 photo packs are concerned as they're all so long out of date making their behaviour very unpredictable. Almost all of them now have flat batteries and cannot be used without a modified camera. Refrigerated photo packs will have the freshest chemicals and will respond fairly predictably when they get to room temperature but as cold kills batteries they all definitely need to be used on cameras modified to accept an external battery.

Your problem may therefore be due to old photo chemistry, but it can also be affected by the temperature you've been taking photos at and also if you have the camera lighten/darken control set to darken.

If you have the camera settings correct and are using the camera within the normal temperature operating range then you may wish to try the brand new photo packs which are available from The Impossible Project. Presently they're only available in monochrome and the material is far more temperature sensitive and far less fade resistant than the original material, but their website gives details as to how you can make the images last longer. Personally, I scan them and deliberately set the camera to overexpose the pictures: a good modern scanner can still pull an incredible amount of detail from overexposed images which is revealed by software like Photoshop.

I hope that my free answer has been of use and has given you additional options to fix your problem. Please take a moment to rate my reply.

Oct 03, 2010 | Polaroid One600 Pro Instant Camera

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What kind of batteries does the Spirit 600 Polaroid camera take? Where is the slot for the batteries? Where is the power switch? How do I take pictures with it?


The battery is built into the photo pack. original photo packs are no longer made, and old stock ones are now useless due to flat batteries. The power switch is the shutter button:press the shutter and the camera operates,there are no electronic displays, beeps, or similar functions.

There is a company which has recently started making photo packs again, but you only get 8 shots per pack, not the original 10 shots. Currently only monochrome (black and white) is available and the photos are unstable and prone to fade badly; colour film will soon be available as well. Check out The Impossible Project if you wish to order some.

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Aug 06, 2010 | Instant Cameras

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Battery change


The battery is built into the photo pack and cannot be replaced separately. All Polaroid photo packs are now long out of date and most have flat batteries so are useless unless the camera is converted to accept an external 6v dc power supply.

Alternatively check out The Impossible Project for compatible alternative photo packs: monochrome only, just eight shots per pack and the images are unpredictable and tend to fade rapidly, but they're the only other choice if you don't want to convert your camera.

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Jun 17, 2010 | Polaroid 600 Business Edition Instant...

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Does one600 polaroid camera needs batreries?


The battery is built into the photo pack and cannot be replaced separately. All Polaroid photo packs are now long out of date and most have flat batteries so are useless unless the camera is converted to accept an external 6v dc power supply.

Alternatively check out The Impossible Project for compatible alternative photo packs: monochrome only, just eight shots per pack and the images are unpredictable and tend to fade, but they're the only other choice if you don't want to convert your camera. The product is rapidly improving though and later this year the company plans to release colour photo packs as well.

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Jun 16, 2010 | Polaroid One600 Pro Instant Camera

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How to elarge my old plaroid photo without using a scanner.As the scaner image is not ofgood quality


Polaroid images themselves are not very good quality, so your options are limited from the start.

Either use a better quality scanner or take photos of the Polaroid images. There are no other options.

Jun 01, 2010 | Polaroid Instant Cameras

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