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Discussion in 'Instant Cameras, Backs and Film' started by leif_elsborg, Aug 31, 2008.
I have a polaroid 600 SE, is it possible to get another back, for example to rollfilm ?
The only problem is that good Mamiya Press backs are not that easy to find, and the necessary adapter:
is even rarer and more expensive!
yes you can, but the polaroid adapter is very rare, there was an adapter made to fit any range of mamiya press backs, it took me ages to track mine down.
You can adapt the mamiya adapter, i cant recall the details , but if your pretty handy with tools you can knock one up!
i just found this pretty complete answer on photo net,
Anthony Sansone , Jun 22, 2001; 10:24 p.m.
Here is as complete an answer to your question as I have been able to discover: To mount the Mamiya Press S-Shaped film holders on the Polaroid 600SE camera, you must have the Mamiya M adapter that has the mounting feet for the Polaroid 600SE. Mamiya made these adapters for Polaroid and they are marked on the top of the adapter as such. There are also M adapters that have been converted from the Mamiya standard to the Polaroid standard. These M adapters are not marked, but have the distinctive Polaroid mounting feet with the notch cut out of the middle of each mounting foot. The mounting feet for the Mamiya Press standard are solid all the way across. With the M adapter, you can mount the lever wind and knob wind (multi format) Mamiya Press series film holders. You can also mount almost any Graflex standard film holder on the Polaroid 600SE by using the Mamiya G adapter. The G adapter can be fitted with either the Polaroid or Mamiya mounting feet just like the M adapter. I have never encountered a G adapter with Polaroid markings. With the G adapter, you can mount Horseman, Arca Swiss, and Mamiya RB-67 - RB 67 Pro S holders. The Arca Swiss and Horseman film holders may require fitting to the G adapter. RB-67 and RB-67 Pro S film holders mount right to the G adapter without any modifications. The film holders for the RB-67 Pro SD can also be mounted if the G adapter and film holder are modified slightly. If you mount the M adapter to the Polaroid 600SE, you can also use all the accessories that Mamiya made to fit to the M adapter--such as the Right Angle Finder, Magnifying Focus Back, Focusing Hood, and Focusing Screen Holder. You can also use the cut film holders made to work with these items. If you use the G adapter with the 600SE, you can mount the Graflex 2X3 focus screen and cut sheet film holders made for the Mamiya RB-67. The choice between the M adapter and G adapter comes down to this. The M adapter and the Mamiya Press S shaped film holders are long and stick out the sides when mounted on the camera bodies. The lever wind film holders shoot either 120 or 220 film and come in either 6X7 or 6X9. The knob wind Model K film holders shoot only 120 film, come in either 6X7 or 6X9, but have masks for 6X4.5 and 6X6. The RB-67 film holders shoot either 120 or 220 and come in 6X7 or 6X4.5 only. The motorized RB film holder also fits the G adapter and it comes in 6X7 or 6X8. All of these film holders are smaller and sleeker than the longer film holders for the M mounting system. A Polaroid 600SE with a good RB-67 Pro S film holder is a fast, sleek camera for such a big frame. One other item deserves mention. With the G adapter, you can mount the Mamiya RB-67 70mm film holder and get 54 6X7 images without a reload. 70mm film is available at Adorama and is even sold in preloaded cartridges. Mamiya also made a Focusing Hood Model P for the Universal Press and the Polaroid 600SE. This hood mounts on the back of the camera body in place of the Polaroid film holder. It shows the full Polaroid Pack film image area in a fresnel lens. Mamiya also made an Extension Back set for both cameras for close up photography. I don't know if Mamiya ever made a set of Extension Rings for the Polaroid 600SE, but I would be surprised if they did not. Regardless, I will be soon producing a set of 5 extension rings for the Polaroid 600 SE. I will also be producing a 4X5 film frame for both cameras. The frame will have the standard spring back and accept all 4X5 sheet film holders and the Polaroid 545I back. A 4X5 back will also be produced for both cameras with the Graflex standard slide lock system. Of course M adapters and G adapters for the Polaroid 600SE are in stock. That is what I have learned since playing with both cameras. The Polaroid 600SE and its Mamiya Universal Press cousin are two of the best cameras ever made, especially if you like full control and no zzzzzzz,zzzzzzz,zzzzzz of electrical stuff when you are shooting. Camera bodies, lenses, and accessories restored to factory new mechanically are available. More information on film holders, adapters, etc is at http://members.home. net/gmhsint. Hope this helps. You are in for great fun. Tony Sansone
I found Tony Sansone at the link below. If you can find an "M" adapter, (somewhat expensive on Ebay) you can then take the 600SE locking tabs from an old non working back and install them on the M adapter for use on the 600SE. The S shaped Mamiya backs are plentiful and fairly cheap. 6X7 and 6X9. The latest all black ones are the best. I wouldn't bother with the non lever wind backs. Film flatness on these S shaped backs is the best of any MF back ever conceived.
BTW, I have a 75mm f5.6 for 600SE complete with finder for $335.