Polaroid Film Recorder

Discussion in 'Presentation & Marketing' started by ektachrome, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. ektachrome

    ektachrome Member

    Messages:
    69
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2012
    Location:
    Gedney, UK
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Hello
    I have just bought a used Polaroid Film Recorder from Eb** to transfer my existing digipics (from family) to film.
    It was recording this morning when black smoke started coming out.:blink:
    I turned it off and opened it up, to find the smoke was just burning dust on a heatsink, so I just blew it away with compressed air.
    Should it be OK to use, since it cannot be returned and it cost over £30.
    Thanks
    Ektachrome:smile:

    P.S. Sorry if this breaks any rules
     
  2. AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    11,912
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    At least it made me aware that Polaroid once offered such thing...

    And it is great to learn about someone not only using film but even bringing photographs done digitally to film. It is the first time I read about someone doing this here at Apug.
     
  3. jp498

    jp498 Member

    Messages:
    1,467
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2009
    Location:
    Owls Head ME
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I used to use a film recorder back in the mid-90's. We'd use it to make presentations like we'd use powerpoint for today. Scan in a photo, add words and information in coreldraw. Print back to film. If time was of the essence, we'd record onto polaroid 35mm transparency film and develop in 10 minutes right in the office.
     
  4. ektachrome

    ektachrome Member

    Messages:
    69
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2012
    Location:
    Gedney, UK
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Today, a computer guy came and looked at it. He has now fixed it. A resistor was overheating, which caused the dust to burn.
    I'm glad it works
    Ektachrome:D
     
  5. wildbill

    wildbill Member

    Messages:
    2,851
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I own one as well that does up to 4x5. I've had it several years and still haven't used it.
     
  6. MartinP

    MartinP Member

    Messages:
    1,458
    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2007
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Shooter:
    35mm
    These things used to account for a lot of the 35mm E6 when I worked in a lab, but that was more than twenty years ago of course. Local graphics-agencies would send taxis round with bags of film most days and then supply the results to their business customers. Prior to that there were various painful options involving lith film and gel filters.

    I'm curious about software and drivers (for Win 3,1 ?), as well as the motor-drive camera-body which fitted on the unit - is it rather worn out, or still trust-able ?
     
  7. Nelson

    Nelson Member

    Messages:
    37
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Location:
    East Jordan,
    Shooter:
    35mm
    How's the quality and resolution of your Polaroid unit? I have an old film recorder (forget the name) that is good for making presentation/PowerPoint slides, but doesn't have the resolution needed for pictorial use. I'd love to archive digital images on film, but my film recorder wouldn't work well because the quality and resolution just isn't that great.
     
  8. AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    11,912
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    The highest grade Polaroid Recorder had a resolution of 8192 pixels (=4097LP) for the longest side of image
    Now you can calculate the resolution per length-unit for your given film format.
     
  9. Prof_Pixel

    Prof_Pixel Member

    Messages:
    1,478
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2012
    Location:
    Penfield, NY
    Shooter:
    35mm

    You might want to check out Digineg at http://www.digineg.com/

    I did some consulting with it's owner, Steve Hagel, several years ago.
     
  10. Cruzingoose

    Cruzingoose Member

    Messages:
    211
    Joined:
    May 27, 2006
    Location:
    South Dakota
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Anyone have the PC version of the software? I have a 5000 with mac software and although it works fine on the mac, I would like to have it run on a PC. DOS or any version of Windoz would be fine. Since these things are no longer supported or made by the long defunct manufacturer, I feel any software copying issues have also been left to the public domain. If you need Mac version I'll make a copy for anyone with the need. A note: This requires a Power Mac to run. Why? No idea. I have a surplus of various Macs from Color Classic and various Pizza Boxes working up the ladder to find one that would run this program.
     
  11. okto

    okto Member

    Messages:
    209
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Shooter:
    35mm
    They also made a "printer" that writes to Spectra film in a tray, basically an external CD writer (remember those?) form factor. I bought one on eBay a few years ago for like, five bucks. Haven't used it yet, but with Impossible starting to make some film that isn't just experimental Lomo-type quality, I might see if it works.