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I have a Polaroid OneStep and am not sure if my film battery is dead or my camera is broken. I haven't used the camera in about 6 months, and at that time it was mostly working fine. Sometimes nothing would happen when I pressed the shutter button, and I could fix it by opening the camera and pulling the film pack partially out and popping it back in. Now, 6 months later I try to use the camera with a film pack (expiring 10/09) that has been in it for probably 9 months (I know, too long) and nothing happens. I figured the battery was dead, so I have just taken it out and put in a fresh film pack (also expiring 10/09). I press the shutter and nothing happens. I have tried reloading it and still nothing. Is this purely a film problem? Is there anything I can do about it (ie replacing the battery pack somehow)?

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Polaroid has not manufactured film for 600 cameras in about 5 years now. The only current source is The Impossible Project, which gives 8 shots per pack, black and white images only, and they tend to fade rather quickly. You can find and order online by searching the name. The Polaroid versions available are no longer really usable because the batteries are drained, film has expired and chempaks have oxidized.

The battery packs in these are integrated into the film pack and not replaceable separately.

Posted on Sep 04, 2011

  • caroline_m_r Sep 04, 2011

    Thanks for your response. I did determine that the problem was with my camera, not the film. So far the film is working fine in another Polaroid camera I found. I am clinging to my last few packs of 600 film, but I suppose I should use them before the batteries give out! I have heard mixed reviews about the film from The Impossible Project, but will try it out eventually if it's the only option.

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