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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Unfortunately you have a broken camera and it's not really fixable. There are plenty of free/cheap examples on FreeCycle and in thrift/charity shops but as you've discovered to your cost there's only one rather expensive way to find out whether they work...
Posted on Jul 04, 2009
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
Posted on Jul 04, 2009
The battery comes built in to the photo pack. All photo packs are now past their use by dates though as they have been out of production for more than a year, so any which you do find may have weak or flat batteries.
Photo packs which have been kept refrigerated will have better colour production and more accurate contrast but are far more likely to have flat batteries. Photo packs stored at around a constant twenty degrees Celsius are more likely to have a good battery, but there is a greater chance of poor photo colours & contrast and there is a greater chance that the photo ejection rollers will fail to squeeze the developing chemicals evenly across the photo.
The camera can be modified to take an external film pack, but it's a DIY job using whatever you have to hand; unfortunately I can't recall what the correct voltage is but if you ask another question on FixYa then someone will know.
Posted on Nov 01, 2009
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Photo packs are being newly manufactured by The Impossible Project, although they are currently in monochrome only. Current pricing is similar to the last retail prices when Polaroid 600 film was in production; it has always been a very expensive way to take photos but the prices now charged for remaining unguaranteed and largely unusable photo packs can be truly extortionate.
Old expired Polaroid 600 photo packs are best avoided. The batteries are usually totally dead now (or nearly so) and the photo chemicals will be stale and produce unpredictable results. The only exception is if the photo packs have been stored refrigerated from new, but cold kills batteries so although the chemistry may be fine, the photo pack can only be used on a camera which has been DIY modified to use an external 4.5v battery pack. The other problem with refrigerated packs is that you have no guarantee as to when it was stored that way or even whether it was stored that way at all.
Photo packs by The Impossible Project are made in the same factory as the original material using the same machines, but the product itself had to be re-invented to use currently available chemical and dye supplies. If you read the information on their website you'll learn all about the consequential limitations and advantages of the material.
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Posted on Oct 05, 2010
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More than likely, the camera is ok. It sounds like the film is either expired, or the previous owner did not store the film properly, therefore it cannot be exposed properly. If you bought it off of ebay, you do not know how the previous owner took care of the film. To narrow this problem down, I would get new film and try it again, hopefully this will work, but if not, it will further your troubleshooting efforts.
Posted on Mar 15, 2011
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