Manual for Fuji PA-45 instant film holder???

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  1. Marco B

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    Hi,

    I just acquired a second hand Fuji PA-45 film holder and a pack of 4x5 500 ISO instant film to go with it and try out.

    I have used a Polaroid 4x5 holder before, and Polaroid had a good manual for it. But after looking at the Fuji website and some googling, I can't find anything.

    Anyone now a link to a manual for this holder? :confused: Before I ruin a pack of instant film tring to figure it out myself... :surprised:
     
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    OK, so I found this link about the 550 instant 4x5 pack film holder of Polaroid. Since, according to some other pages I have been reading, it takes the same type of film as the Fuji PA-45 holder, this manual is probably of use to the Fuji holder as well:

    http://www.documentation.com/images/sample_projects/polaroid_instant_films.pdf

    More info appreciated!

    I have one other question also: How long to develop the FP-500B45 film? The pack shows a "15" number and 25 degrees celcius, however with for the rest all Japanese characters. I ordered it directly from Japan via Megaperls(http://www.unicircuits.com/shop/), as it can not be bought here in the Netherlands.

    I guesse the 15 means 15 seconds at 25C, but here in the Netherlands, a 20C recommendation would be more welcome. Anyone have a clue?
     
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    Thanks John, but the other link I posted, although not on the same website, is actually the same document...

    I have now been reading it, and yes it is of some help, I now better understand how the pack film actually works.

    Unfortunately though, the document still doesn't clearly show how to load the pack film into the holder :sad: , nor does it clearly show how to open it for cleaning (and of course my holder is the Fuji one, which may operate slightly different in terms of disassembling).

    Well, maybe I should just give it a try and it will become more clear when I open my pack of instant film, but any more hints highly appreciated!
     
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    Ok, so I now also found these two films on YouTube. It shows a nice conversion of a Polaroid Super Shooter instant camera into a pinhole by Micheael Pastur. At the end of part two, there is also some live usage of instant film and the disassembling and cleaning of the rollers (of course from the camera and not my specific holder) that is again of some usage in understanding how to use this type of film and holders:

    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PrYuYp9ORY
    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnrEA6rZk6Y
     
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    I finally found what I was looking for. It's based on the Polaroid 405 instant pack film holder, but it shows everything I needed to know (but be patient for the last 1.30 minutes, because these show the actual loading of the pack film):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RZi2rGN80s
     
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    Yep, you just take the wrap off, shove the pack in so that the foam is facing up and the film is facing toward the dark slide, close it, withdraw the paper darkslide....

    Enjoy! It's good stuff. Just bear in mind that the exposure latitude is small, so meter wisely!
     
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    Thanks Keith,

    I hope to shoot a first one this evening after dinner that I'm just now preparing...

    See how it goes.

    Marco
     
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    We've put the manual on the 1'st news page on the Silverprint site, as a PDF.

    http://www.silverprint.co.uk/
     
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