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    Am I nuts?

    Hello-
    I have an old Polaroid model 95B rollfilm camera that I would like to shoot some Ektachrome in. I know that it will not fill the whole piece of film. I don't see why it would not work. Has anyone done this? I have a makeshift darkroom to load and unload the camera. I will be mailing off the film to a lab.

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    Nuts? Maybe - but that's how new things are developed. I say, 'go for it', and show us the results.
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    interestingly enough, my brother bought a very similar polaroid camera in very nice condition at a thrift store. I've read that it fits a 4x5 sheet of film perfectly, although not all of it will be exposed. Its certainly worth a try. If I had some sheet film and the equipment to develop it, I'd have tried it already. I've been trying to think of a way to reload it without carrying around a box of film and a changing bag, but i've not yet come up with anything useful.

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    I have done this in a similar Polaroid camera (a model 800,) by loading paper negatives one at a time, using a large changing bag. it works fine, and the lens is very sharp.

    You need enough room in your changing bag or tent to open the back all the way, which has three parts to it that become ungainly in the dark by feel unless you've worked with it for a while. Getting the film properly centered on the film gate, and keeping it from sliding around while you close the various parts of the back, is also a challenge, but rewarding.

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    This person did it with legos http://www.foundphotography.com/2005...on-with-legos/

    Pretty cool. I would go for it if I had one.

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    Hi Patrick,
    I've used a single sheet of 4x5 film in the old roll film P-roid cameras since the late 1970s. Works just fine, NO problems. Makes a 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" round cornered image. You'll have a "Quarter Plate" range finder camera. Its a single shooter and I've not found any easy way to change films without a large changing bag or a dark room.
    Have fun,
    Sam H.

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    The other option is to convert to roll film. I did this to a 110A which now produces 6x10cm images.

    EDIT: Just noticed that is the subject of Derek's link.

    My advice would be to drill the hole for the winder on the bottom of the camera, not the top. This avoids the potential to fill the rangefinder/viewfinder with swarf.


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