View Full Version : Pictures from my 'Polarollaconvertoid'

Steve Smith
05-08-2006, 10:04 AM
Here is its first picture - a shot over my fence as I was too impatient to go out!
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Steve Smith
05-08-2006, 10:06 AM
Followed by a couple of upright panoramics. A railway crossing and a horrible mobile phone mast!
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05-08-2006, 02:32 PM

05-08-2006, 03:27 PM
they are great.
#2 are my favorite!

05-08-2006, 05:13 PM
it is #1 for me!

05-08-2006, 10:43 PM
Looks like the cameras are going to fit your vision. Keep posting, these are very nice.

Steve Smith
05-09-2006, 02:42 AM
These are scans of contact prints which do not realy show the quality of the Polaroid lens (especially at 72 dpi on a screen). Looking at the actual negative or a 2400 dpi scan of it shows superb detail and sharpness even though this is the 160 model which was at the lower end of the market for these cameras. Although it is a manual lens, all you have is a single control which sets the shutter to EV number values, each one a pre-determined combination of speed and aperture.
If anyone has one of these old rollfilm models, it is possible to try it out without any modifications so long as you have a darkroom or a changing bag. A 5x4" sheet of film can be placed in the film chamber then the internal door (which holds the pressure plate) closed over it. I have not tried this myself - I just read about it. I was too impatient and pulled it apart to modify it as soon as possible!


05-09-2006, 09:11 AM
#2 especially is an interesting use of format, although i think i prefer #1 for the day-to-day ordinariness and your "impatience"!

Steve Smith
05-09-2006, 09:17 AM
Thanks for your comments.
Even with an ordinary (dare I say 'proper' camera?) most of my pictures are in the vertical format so the fact that two of these three test shots are vertical is no surprise to me.
Anyway, the Polaroid 160 looks 'cooler' when held this way!

Steve Smith

07-08-2006, 01:26 PM
I love these pictures and I have the modified version in a 3x4 that I did. My first polaroid conversion was the 160 modified with the graflex 6x7 roll film back. For a while I was selling a how to book on ebay explaining how to do your own conversions.

these have the best bang for the buck lens I have ever seen.