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EASmithV
10-04-2012, 07:00 PM
So, I was talking to my friend and he had an old Polaroid EE100 to give away! There was a little battery corrosion which I fixed up, and everything is working properly, but I have a few questions...

First off, there are the pinholes... How do I fix them? Should I even try to fix them, or try to enjoy the result? If I try with the pinholes unsealed, would I be able to remove the pack and load it into my Colorpack II in the darkroom, and be able to shoot the rest of the pack unmolested if I didn't like the light leak effect?

Also, I noticed that the switch shoots iso 75, 3000, and past 3000 it goes to ER. What is ER? It seems to just remove the 3000 speed pinhole and shoot back at the normal aperture. Is that all it does, for low lighting?

I bought a bunch of instant film, so this time next week I should have 'roids. Any advice is greatly apppreciated.

(PS, covering up the Electric eye, with it turned all the way to lighten, I can do 1:47 second long exposures, and this model has a tripod release and a cable! Woohoo!)

**Edit** It's an EE100 special! Cool!

wildbill
10-04-2012, 07:10 PM
My ee100 has pinholes too. I put photo black paper tape over them. not pretty but works. black silicone caulk will work too (dab from the inside).

EASmithV
10-04-2012, 07:24 PM
How hard is it to take a partially shot pack from one camera and put it into another empty one?

wildbill
10-04-2012, 07:26 PM
well, open the camera, take out the pack, put it in the other camera. You only lose one exposure.

EASmithV
10-04-2012, 07:48 PM
If I were to fire the shutter in the first before transferring and pulling to the second, would I still lose the exposure?

What kind of black Caulk do you recommend using? Any specific brand?

wildbill
10-04-2012, 08:56 PM
you're exposing the film just as you would a 4x5 film holder w/o a darkslide. it'll cost you about $1 or you could just do it in the dark. Alex, I think or Dap. there's not that many options for black but maybe someone else will chime in or tell me I'm wrong. wear nitrile or latex gloves, don't get that shit on your hands if you don't have to.

wildbill
10-04-2012, 10:00 PM
Cancel that. I forgot about "liquid electrical tape" sold at most hardware stores and lowes. Easier to use. Apply w/ q tip.

EASmithV
10-05-2012, 12:36 AM
Awesome. Liquid electrical tape sounds good, I have some pinholes in my 8x10 i've been ignoring.

2bits
10-05-2012, 12:24 PM
EA,
I read somewhere that black "Wet & Wild" fingernail polish worked real well for pinholes. They said the ingrediants had bonding agents in it. I tried it and it did work great. Since then I have bought some black liquid electrical tape and will give it a shot on the next round, then compare the two.

EASmithV
10-05-2012, 02:31 PM
Hm... Let me know your findings!

2bits
10-06-2012, 12:37 PM
Well here you go... take it for what it's worth! I found an old Conley 120 folder. The bellows looked like a spagetti strainer. In one good sized area I coated it with the black finger nail polish. Another area I did with the liquid electrical tape. The black nail polish goes on smoothly and flat with a small paint brush, it filled the holes very well. Later you could close and open the bellows without new light leaks.
I then did the liquid tape, even with a small brush it went on thick and lumpy, definitely looks like a patch job. It does seal the holes, but makes the bellows harder to open and close.
Personally I will be sticking with the nail polish. Then again, to each his own.
Good luck on your choices, some also recommend gaffers tape.
I even read where back in the day press photographers would locate the nearest shoeshine boy and "borrow" some of his black shoe polish while on assignment....

EASmithV
10-06-2012, 04:59 PM
Patching from the inside, I applied some liquid electrical tape, and then I folded the bellows and wiped off the excess a few times. Seems to work it in really well... It's doing a brilliant job so far, and from the outside of the camera it's impossible to tell. It doesn't seem to be making the camera any harder to open, but i'll have to wait for it to dry completely. This stuff is just the ticket for fixing my 8x10, we'll see how well it works on a camera that folds it's bellows very tightly soon...