Polaroid Cu-5

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  1. MrBrowning

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    Hi All.

    I just picked up what I believe to be a Polaroid CU-5. I have a couple questions.

    1.What is the focusing distance for this camera?
    2. is it any good?
    3. Should I hack it and if so any ideas on where to start?

    It does have a nice Rodenstock lens on it.
     
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    a rodenstock lens is quite unusual, normally they have tominon lenses. it's made for (very) close-up photography. the easiest way to focus is via the use of close-up frames which attach to the front. you can change the ratio by adding one or more multipliers and then the according frame.

    you can easily make a pinhole camera from the body and the rodenstock lens could be used to hack an automatic pack 100 camera. there is a recent thread about this on this forum.
     
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    Hi,

    Welcome to APUG :smile:!

    Take a look on attached pdf. It is a unusual and nice camera. Please share some photos of the camera, and also photo of the lens.

    Regards,
     

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    Thanks for the information. I looked at the thread you mentioned and I might give that a shot. I have a Polaroid 210 laying around somewhere that I could use.

    After i posted last night I kept googling and I was able to find some CU-5's that were close to what I have in appearance but nothing that matched the lens and one thing that puzzles me is I can see where a ring flash should be but the "housing" is empty. Or so it looked.

    I will post some pictures tonight.

    Also, thanks for the welcome.
     
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    Sorry it has taken me so long to upload pictures but I forgot my card reader at work on Friday.

    I took some Quick pictures and it seems that the focus is about 5 feet. Does that seem right? I thought it should be around 5 Inches.

    One other thing I found is the shutter speed is way way off.

    Lens:
    The Lens is a Rodenstock Ysaron 127mm 1:4.7
    The number on the left had side of the 1st picture is 6106656
    I'm assuming (probably shouldn't do that) that the piece that rotates in front of the lens is a color correction filter. Yes No Maybe?
    IMG_9264.jpg

    IMG_9265.jpg

    Where the ring flash should be is empty. It's hard to see.
    IMG_9268.jpg

    Camera:
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    It sucks that Fuji 3000B is discontinued.