damp leg [deleted] 11:01pm, 16 November 2007
Nothing better than a thift store find like this. I got it for $1.

Anyways, my previous polaroid was just a Sun 600, so this is a bit older and more complicated. I was wondering if anyone had any tips and advice for using it? I've never used film like this. Also, where would you go to find supplies for it? I need a battery and some film (there was already both in the camera when I bought it, but the battery looked like it hadn't been used in 30 or 40 years, and the film is probably the same). I'll probably also need a print coater.
queermountainman 14 years ago
It's only slightly more complicated than the Sun 600. Unfortunately, Polaroid no longer has Colorpack user manuals on their site, so we have to walk you through the use and operation.


You can find the battery, a 4.5V #531, on eBay. Search for mdbattery.

The film is loaded by opening the back, snapping in the cartridge, closing the back ("Make sure both sides close"), and pulling the cover sheet. You then set the film speed. For 100-speed materials, set the camera to 75, then move the Lighten/Darken control one mark toward Darken.

To take a picture, cock the shutter, focus and view as you would with any rangefinder camera, then press the shutter release.

To develop the picture, pull the white tab, then the wide tab that appears. Let the picture develop for the time given on the white tab, then quickly peel the print from the negative.

Color film doesn't require coating. Any B&W film that requires coating will include a coater.

I assume other will fill in the details. Good luck.
Trina Baker Photography Posted 14 years ago. Edited by Trina Baker Photography (member) 14 years ago
Here's a pdf manual

Buy the battery at Radio Shack

I have one of these and I LOVE the pictures it takes. Can't wait to see your images :)
damp leg [deleted] 14 years ago
I went to my local Radio Shack and they didn't carry the battery I needed. But thanks for the link.

And yeah, I actually got the manual with it. It was a really great find. It came in the case with the manual along with a flash and some extra bulbs, a ton of cardboard backs, and even a photo the previous owner accidently left inside that is definitely from the 60's or 70's.

I also just assumed I needed coater since there was some in the case as well but looked pretty old, but thanks for letting me know I only needed it with b&w.

BTW, what kind of film do I get for it? And where's a good place to get it cheap?

Again, thanks for all the help.
Shelly Tee 14 years ago

to purchase film: or

fujifilm also makes pack film for this sort of camera (fp-100b, fp-100c, and fp3000-b).
You can only order the battery at Radio Shack's website.
damp leg [deleted] 14 years ago
@ Shelly - Thanks for the links!

@ chocolata37 - Oh, yeah, sorry. I meant I went there before I read your response to me and they didn't have it. I went to their website after reading your post though and quickly bought one. Thanks!
saxman1815 9 years ago
I have recently acquired a Land Camera 220. This post has been extremely helpful, so thanks to all who have commented before me. I have one question:

When setting the film speed on the camera, there is a knob next to the dial which switched between two different "versions" of each number. i.e. - When I turn the dial to "75", then move the slider knox, it turns to a different 75, right next to the first. It is NOT the lighten/darken dial, which is located on the lens. What does this slider knob do?

Any help is appreciated and thank you in advance!
nickrapak 9 years ago
Sliding the slider changes the aperture to smaller or larger, depending on which way you slide it. This enables you to get greater depth of field with 75, 100, or 150-speed film, or shoot indoors without flash with 3000-speed film. To tell which setting you're at, look on the top of the lens/shutter assembly to which block is highlighted.
saxman1815 9 years ago
Haha...I see the shutter changing now! Thanks nickrapak for the information!
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