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    Polaroid 103 Land Camera HELP!

    I just recently purchased the above camera and need some more info on the camera itself. Such as where to buy a battery and if the battery just works the flash and if I can use it without. I'm very new to this sort of camera. So any links or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    Your's has a flash?

    I've kind of tightly taped a 3v lithium battery in mine to get it to work but you can buy the proper batteries online.
    Googled and found a site that mentions what you need
    "3.0v for Polaroid (large snaps) replaces PX24, 532, 2LR50, 1308AP, V24PX
    Fits Polaroid models: 103, 104, 125, 135, 210, 215, 315, 320, 330, 335*, 350*, 360*, 420, 430, 440, 450*, M60, M80*, and Countdown 70, Countdown 90* "

    If you google some of those names after "replaces", you can probably find more sites that sell the battery.

    You can't really use the camera without the battery, it runs the meter which runs the shutter speed. It does have a default shutter speed but I can't remember what it is exactly, it's pretty fast. A good test to make sure the battery is working is to try to take a picture indoors and if the shutter speed is fast, it's not working. If it takes forever, that's about right.
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    I taped together two AAA batteries and it works like a charm.
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    The flash gun takes a battery, too. Most used a AA some of the first used a different one.

    AS AKKI14 sez, a standard 3v litium works just fine. You can even rubber band the leads to the battery; although I use the hi tech approach she does, of duct tape. Solder would work, too. The old mercury battery lasted so long some owners used the cameras for years and did not even know the shutter was battery-dependent; so modern lithium technology should work for a looooooonnnggg time. My 3v lithium has been in there for about four years, now.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Thanks guys I really appreciate it. I got the manual and found a battery. The battery cost 10 bucks which isnt that bad but I did try the AAA method and couldnt get it to work. Is there something I am missing on how to do that?

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    I used a radio shack style battery holder and solderred it to the + and - terminals. It's worked wonders for a year or so. They're very fun. Especially with a flash you can really go wild. I use the fuji packfilm. The ripping is super fun as well.



 

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