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    What to do with a Polaroid Land 800

    I've inherited a few old cameras from my uncle, the most interesting being the Polaroid Land 800 (roll film) camera. I know that the film is no longer produced for it, and that it's possible to convert it to regular rollfilm use, but I'm wondering if it's possible to use it with 4x5 film or paper instead (I know the image size will be smaller than that), as I'm not really keen on spending a lot of money of something that will probably have minimal use.

    I'm visiting my parents at the moment, which is why I have the camera, but no film or paper to test it. It seems to me that it could work, but I'd like to know if anyone has tried it, and has any recommendations about holding the film/paper in place, or protecting it from the dimpled back.
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    I've been shooting 4x5 paper negatives in my 110a, could even shoot 4x5 film in it. Just open the back up and insert the sheet, close it up and shoot what you want. Of course, shooting film requires a blacked out room to load and unload, you can use a safe light for paper.
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    You can convert these - the difficulty is that when adding a back (Graflok or Polaroid) it usually means the distance to the lens changes, requiring adjustment of infinity stops.

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    I think the Autocord is more interesting...

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    It can be converted, it is either pretty pricey to do so, or hard to do so yourself-and one little slip renders the camera into a useless chunk of plastic and metal.
    I do seem to recall someone making a MF roll film mod for one. Just involved knobs and drilling, not modifying the entire camera.

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    look at this:

    http://photo.net/classic-cameras-forum/00MtA1

    it's a cheap and easy conversion, there are lots of tips and links. the 800 is quite a good one for this. good luck and please report back if you succeed.

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    Convert to 120.


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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    Xya - thanks for the link, it looks really interesting. I like the idea of shooting panoramic images on rollfilm in that camera, but am still unsure about doing the mod.

    I may do what Rick does, try it with paper negatives first, and see how much I like working with the camera before doing anything more to it.
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    I use my Polaroid Model 800 with paper negatives, and it does real well. I can't recall right now the shutter settings, but I've metered the scene with a handheld and referenced the various speed and aperture combinations of the 800 from its manual to find the right setting. With a 4x5 film box loaded with sheets of paper, you can reload the 800 out in the field using a changing bag. Loads of fun, and keeps the camera in original condition.

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    I have converted a much more pedestrian, but still roll film old Polaroid J66 to use rolls of bulk loaded 70mm long roll portra 160NC c-41.

    The modification was to drill a hole for one stove bolt to pop out the 'top' to serve as a means to wind the take up roll. Take up roll is a 35mm spool with a bit of whittled dowel spliced in the middle. Feed spool is just plian dowel. Black gaffers tape and cinefoil has been used to close off the area where the backing paper once exitted.

    With the 70mm film the aspect ratio is closer to 6x9, but on steroids. It must be loaded and unloaded in the darkroom.

    I limit my roll length to that equal to 220 film, so as to be able to use a modified paterson reel to develop it in a roll film dayllight tank.
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