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It's regarding an instant 636 camera, there's a new pack of films in there, shot 2 polaroids and now the camera doesn't work anymore. The light of the flash doesn't burn and when I try to click to make a picture, nothing happens.. Help?

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Unless you got your film from The Impossible Project, then there's no such thing any more as new Polaroid film. There is a lot of overpriced and unused old stock though which is all so long out of date that the batteries (built into the film pack) are all now effectively dead. Often the photo chemicals are stale as well, although if the film has been kept refrigerated (and you only have the sellers word for that) the chemicals may be fine but the battery will still be dead as cold kills batteries.

You have no way to save the current film pack, but to continue to use your camera in future you can either modify it to accept an external 6v d.c power supply (battery pack or mains adapter) or buy film from The Impossible Project.

I hope that my reply has given you suitable options for the continued use of your camera. Please take a moment to rate my answer.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011

  • Mariantonela Aug 20, 2011

    I have the same problem that deevanaalst but I have film from the impossible project so the film is ok!! I have no idea what's wrong with my camera I only get shot 1 picture and the black piece above the film

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    Obertelli Aug 21, 2011

    Polaroid 600 series cameras are plentiful and free or extremely cheap these days as many people bought them and then lost interest when they found how expensive they were to run, so the best option is to just get another one. Asking on FreeCycle/Freegle or just amongst family, friends, neighbours and colleagues usually produces a few of them in my experience. The cameras were all clip together construction and were never designed to be dismantled or repaired, but were also usually very robust and reliable. Even if you do manage to carefully prise it apart without breaking it and even if you do find what's faulty, there's a high chance that you will need a spare part from a donor camera.

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