Just finished putting together this land pack camera with a 127mm Kodak Ektar lens!

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    It's alive!
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    Spent a good part of this sunny Sunday butchering this old and dead polaroid 320.
    Removed all the innards and electronics, then had to modify the "front standard" to accept the larger bore of the lens and flange.

    Though this lens and shutter are about 80 years old the shutter works nicely on all speeds (and off by a hefty margin on all speeds...).

    Spent the rest of the afternoon shooting some old FP3000b (new material coming in next week), this is just so much fun.
    Its hard to explain the difference between the plastic lens this camera originally had, and what the glass of this trashy old Ektar can do.

    I know i should have taken pictures of the build - promise to do that for the next frankenpolaroid.
     
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    Nice work. I recently converted my Polaroid 250 using a tominon 127mm f4.7 lens from Option8.
     

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    Excellent. I also did something similar a few years ago..

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    Very nice.
     
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    Have you made any modifications to the focusing?
    I find that on the camera i just posted above the focus is off when focusing on closer things.
    If you have - how did you solve this?
     
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    Whelp I know what I'm doing to the next Pack camera I find, holding onto it until I can get a LF lens and hack it on!
     
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    According to the "C-A-M-E-R-O-S-I-T-Y" code, your Ektar lens was manufactured in 1943, so it's only 70 years of age (just like me. :smile: ) Really cool hack.


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    Upgraded version with self cocking prontor and Ysaron lens.
    This time around the rangefinder is spot on (and so are the shutter speeds). Both were severely off with the previous lens and shutter.

    Now - off to make more of these.... :smile: