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    M3 Flash Bulb

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get some M3 flash bulbs other then looking on Ebay?

    I have a Polaroid 250 with a flash gun that uses the M3 flash bulb and I was lucky enough to get a box set of 12 of GE's M3 flash bulbs. The problem is, it had came with my Polaroid when I bought it and I just can't seem to get myself to use them. So I thought it'd be easier on me to buy another box set even though it's going to set me back some (quite a lot) bucks.

    Whatever advise you can give me will be helpful. Thank you.

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    I probably won't set you back any more than the instant film. I am thinking that midgets will be about 25 cents per bulb, perhaps as much as 50 cents if you are unlucky. I have several *large* plastic crates full of flashbulbs, and I think I spent about $200 total for at least 500 bulbs. Ge #5s, #11s, Sylvania #25s, etc. Quite a lot of huge ones as well...larger than a household tungsten bulb.

    Unfortunately I got no midget bulbs, or I would give them to you!

    But I would post a classified ad if I were you, or look on eBay. That's how I got mine.
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    Unfortunately I got no midget bulbs, or I would give them to you!
    lol Thank you.

    Okay, M3 flash bulbs don't look that much expensive on eBay anyway, or I can do some extra snooping around at garage sales and flea market/swap meets. That's how I found my Polaroid in the first place, so it wouldn't hurt to do it.

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    I've gotten boxes of 144 on eBay for about $40 on average. Sometimes a lot less.

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    Alisha, I have some new old stock M3 GE Flashbulbs. If you still need them, send me a PM.
    Items for sale or trade at www.Camera35.com

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    They gotta be NOS! haha.

    Don't forget about M2's. Local auctions are great for bulbs when they pop up. Whenever I go to the auction house there are always ..some. Nobody wants em. I got 100 5's just a few days ago for $1 and got a bunch of crap along with em


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    Go to estate sales in your area. There is a very good chance somebody in that house was using a Polaroid Land Camera like yourself and still has several boxes of bulbs somewhere. I got something like 100 bulbs for $10 at an estate sale. I mix up using a manual flash and my bulbs on my Polaroids.

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    Alisha,

    Be cautious with old flashbulbs. Be sure that they still yield vacuum.
    It will be indicated by a safety dot on the inside of the glass. This should be blue. Don't use a bulb if its dot has turned pink.

    To be even more on the safe side, it would be nice if the bulb had a strong varnish on the outer of the glass or would be used in a flashgun which would yield some protection against morsels of glass flying around.

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    must sell ge m3 flashbulbs

    Are you still looking for the ge m3 flasbulbs I have eight boxes with 12 packages inside with 12 in ea. package
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    Alisha; Don't bother with M-2 bulbs for your Polaroid. The exposure system is based on M-3 bulbs. M-2 s are fine for other cameras.
    The Polaroid 268 flash should come with a Blue shield for color film and also to prevent accidents due to broken bulbs

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