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    Holgaroidology

    Buying the ready to roll Polaroid back for the Holga seemed disproportionately costly to a friend. I agreed and ran a Super Shooter or similar thru a band saw & amputated the Polaroid back.

    After a few attempts to visualize how it could possibly be made to mount at the proper focal plane for the existing precision optical lens :O), I concluded
    either I hacked the wrong model of camera or Polaroid actually made a custom back for the Holga...kind of hard to believe, but that would explain the cost.

    I then rationalized that we could possibly do it for macro work with a new implied working focal range. Then I decided next time the shutter craps out, PINHolgaroid would be the easiest solution to this headache, as the focal length/image distance would be less critical and a pinhole could be selected afterward to match.

    Has anyone looked at the Holgaroid back closely enough to tell if it's custom for Holga or do I need to fire up the bandsaw again and visit another flea market?

    Incidentally, the bandsaw worked much better than the last one I did with a Dremel cutoff wheel (right tool for the job makes things easier, eh?)
    Murray

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    The one I have is designed for Holgas. Mine takes type 87 and 89 film (the older stuff). I think Freestyle sells a newer version that uses a newer version of film.
    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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    Check out Paul Beard's DIY foamcore Holgaroid back, it's pretty sweet.

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    Thanks both.
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    For anyone who cares...

    I removed the lens/shutter ass'y from a Holga 120N, and measured the front-back depth for spacing the lens from the amputated Polaroid camera back.

    I measured 1.272" in a couple places (back may not be flat, and there is no pressure plate...I probably have to review this & alter it later after I decide where the film in a Polaroid pack would actually be.

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