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My sister just brought back a vintage Polaroid Pro pack Camera with one pack of film. I'm afraid to try to work it because it is so old, I beleive the film is black and white also, I'm so excited to learn to use it! I just need some tips on using it correctly and what each part means and how to operate them. I look forward to your help! -marilyn

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Here is the web site where you can print yourself the user manual for this camera. http://www.polaroid.com/service/userguides/photographic/propack_ug.pdf

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Have just taken my first few frames on a polaroid 1000 & they are completely black.Has the shutter failed & how can i fix this?


This is an old land camera. Sure you removed the lens cap?
I'm not sure, but i thought on ifixit.com they did write something about a polaroid camera. Be careful, parts of this camera will work electrical, so the battery (is that with the film?) should have enough power to let the camera work correct.

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3.I just got a vintage camera. It's called an Ansco Memar. The full name may be "Ansco Memar Pronto." I didn't receive a manual with it. Can you try to find out how to open the little compartment...


To open the film compartment, pull down on the latch at the bottom of the left side of the camera and swing out the hinged back. Turn the winding spool until the slot is on top. Do not attempt to remove this spool from the camera. Check this webpage for a copy of the manual and these instructions on page 12.
http://pdf.textfiles.com/manuals/CAMERAS/VINTAGE/ansco_memar.pdf

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I have the old Polaroid one camera and I need film Color preferb..


Sorry...Polaroid stopped making the film a few years ago.

Dec 03, 2010 | Cameras

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Where does the battery go in a polaroid spectra pro camera?


The film for the camera carries the battery. However, if the film is expired, the camera won't work. Where did you purchase your Spectra Pro? I've been looking for one forever.

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Is there any substitute for 600 instant film (which has now ceased production and so is very expensive) for a vintage polaroid sun 600 camera.


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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Where can i get film for my Polaroid 600 CL instant camera?


The previous answer is incorrect. Photo packs are being newly manufactured by The Impossible Project, although they are currently in monochrome only.

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.

I hope that I have provided you with a clear explanation and practical options to solve your problem. Please take a moment to rate the free answer I have provided for you and any testimonial which you might wish to add is always welcome!

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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 in the film cartridge if there is no power battery must be dead. Polaroid has stopped making instant fill a couple of years back. Each film catridge came with a non rechareable and non replaceable battery. You may be able to hunt down some old cartridges, but finding a working battery could be impossible.

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After inserting the film inside my camera, I here some whirring inside but the neither the black paper nor any of the pictures are expelled. The film I'm using has long passed its expiry date, so I don't...


It's the film. The battery is built into the film pack and all film packs are so long out of date that the batteries are either completely dead or very nearly so. In your case, the typical example of a battery having just enough power to eject the cover sheet and then dying has occurred.

There's nothing you can do short of modifying the camera to accept an external 6v power supply, but the remaining photo packs are no longer made and are getting scarce and very expensive. Sorry, but the Polaroid Instant system your camera is based upon has become a dead format.

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I have a polaroid onestep instant camera that is quite old. When I open the flash the light does not come on. Is there a battery or do you have to have film in it for the flash to work?


wow that is an old one. i had a polaroid land camera back in the early 80s and from what i recall the film insert did have what appeared to be batteries integrated into it.

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I have an old polaroid SX70 1000... have sx70 film loaded in there, brand new.. but nothing happens when I click the shutter button! Any ideas?


When you say "brand new" film, the battteries could easily be dead (or too low) if this is old, unused film. The camera's batteries are in the film pack....
I don't think true SX-70 film has been made for years. There is one Austrian company making film for it or people adapt newer film packs to it (read-up on internet).
First thing is to see if the contacts are clean and then to check the battery voltage in the film pack.
You could have battery contacts (in the camera) that need cleaning. Clean contacts with a pencil eraser, scotchbrite or very fine sandpaper.
Try looking online for voltage information. It might be helpful if you can check that.

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