What is this Polaroid camera/back intended for?

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  1. AgX

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    I got at the fleamarket a (Polaroid-made?) camera-body with fixed packfilm back similar to the type 405 cassette.
    It has a flipping accessory shutter, several tripod threads and a standard flashlight/accessory shoe.

    The front has a coupling, seemingly for a lens/shutter assembly.

    As I realized that the packfilm back was just screwd onto the body I bought it just to have that back to custom build some instant camera.
    Seeing that accessory shutter I also considered as alternative use to keep it as it is and just install a pinhole.


    Seemingly someone else had the same idea, as seen in this photo (the only one of this thing I found after 1/2h of searching):

    http://www.polamad.com/images/cam-pinhole.jpg


    Out of sheer curiosity:
    What was the original use of it?
     
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    It looks like an oscilloscope camera.

    (Search for Tektronix C9 Oscilloscope Camera)
     
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    What he said. An oscilloscope camera.
     
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    The camera was designed to swing away from the front of the oscilloscope.
     
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    I see, that would make sense. There even were handheld CRT-cameras with a pistol grip attached by a tripod screw.


    And that accessory shoe?
     
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    there was a view finder to help to focus at 25 inch. difficult to find at a reasonable price (I'm still looking for it) :smile:
     
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    If it was intended as CRT-camera the focus would be fixed in that missing lens/shutter assembly.

    So it was intended for a different use?
     
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    Why don't you just post a picture of the item you actually bought, that would be a lot more helpful...
     
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    I neither got a digital camera nor a scanner.

    And aside of that pinhole plate and that rounded something at the very base of that body that first photo I linked to exactly shows what I got.

    http://www.polamad.com/images/cam-pinhole.jpg

    At the utmost right there is to see the chromed knob for twisting the accessory plate-shutter.
     
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    no, I don't think so. polaroid used these bodies for different purposes. in the beginning it was for dental cameras and close-up museum work. they also sold them for criminal investigation work. with the help of the above mentioned finder and the 5" lens you could just make a close portrait of a suspected person.