Thanks for that Seth! Great detailed info and pics! Did the EE100 have that electronic flash connector on the bottom that the ProPack does? I have the ProPack camera and have trouble getting constantly focused pictures
I haven't seen a ProPack, but no, there is nothing on the base of the EE100 apart from a tripod socket.
Unfortunately, I also haven't seen a shot from a correctly calibrated lens, so it is hard to judge whether this plastic lens is contributing to blur or perhaps it's just my shaky hand with a long exposure..
I adjusted my infinity focus using the procedure here:
I am going to recheck it though, as I need to be sure my SLR infinity focus was correct to begin with (some lenses rotate past infinity focus).
I think that is the best method for setting focus, and the rest of the measurements should be correct. Unfortunately, during the testing period with instant film, you use up a filmpack quite quickly. Another good tip is to retain the darkslide from your filmpack and learn how to slide it back into place (in the dark!) so you don't waste another frame
Also, I have found that a pair of standard Duracell batteries don't last too long when you are constantly tripping the shutter (especially for long times). I decided to ditch alkaline batteries forever and went out and bought some 2000mAh rechargeables.
I think it's high time the old disposable, crappy battery technology was discontinued, considering many of us are more 'eco-friendly' and recycle, etc..
At least I can say I'm doing my part by keeping old cameras going and lowering my carbon footprint by restoring an 75 year old motorbike!
One last thing!
I was just reviewing and looking at my incredibly crappy soldering job (considering I worked as an electronics engineer for more an 15 years!).
Actually, I was using a 25Watt iron and the brass terminal was big enough to dissipate a lot of the heat from the iron tip - hence the messy job. Also make sure you scrape it (use a knife/screwdriver/sandpaper) until it is shiny and it'll be easier to solder.
If you're soldering this camera, it's actually preferable to keep the heat low anyway, as you may easily overheat a metal connector to the point where it'll melt through the plastic.
Haha, well I figure it'd be easier to steal one than build one, but hey, it depends on how much time you have on your hands..
This might help:
They seem to make Haynes manuals for everything!
Some technical errors need correction...
1. The Polaroid uses a leaf shutter, so 'F' synch is NOT the applicable synch, it is 'M' synch!!!
2. 'F' synch is for flash bulbs designed to be used with Focal Plan Shutters
A FP synch bulb is a slow burning bulb.
M or F sync delays to it allows the bulb to fire and come up to full intensity before the shutter opens. Class M bulbs reach their peak illumination at around 20-25 milliseconds after ignition, and class F lamps reach their peak at approximately 5 milliseconds. Flascubes were M sync, in my over 45 years in photography I do not recall ever seeing an F sync bulb. Post 5 linked to an article, and that article clearly stated "an M3 flashbulb in the #268 Flashgun as intended for this camera"...the M3 flashbulb, very well known to me as I shot with them for almost 10 years, is an M sync bulb.
great mod, seth!
after looking through how the shutter works, would you say that it is possible to make an additional bulb or time mode?
With the way it works, each leaf of the shutter gets pulled open 1,2,3 (unless 3 is held open for an exposure), so I think a mechanical mod might be a little tricky.
When I was setting focus, I had to have the shutter open for long periods. To do this, I put black tape over the sensor on the front of the camera.
That does work to some extent if you want a long exposure, although it tends to eat the batteries (the solenoid needs to be powered to keep the shutter open).
I have not traced out the circuit, but I would guess it is an integrator.
The sensor is an LDR, which is high resistance when dark and low resistance when lighted.
I would guess you could mod the circuit - e.g. put a switch in series with the LDR. Opening the switch would keep the integrator off. The solenoid holding leaf 3 would then be active until you the switch is closed again and when sufficient light reaches the sensor to trip it closed.
(Of course, if you're in low light, you might want to add a low value resistor to speed up the integration (same effect as shoving the sensor in front of a lamp/torch).
How about a 3-way switch for Open (T) - Normal - Closed? Switched to Open, you could just hold the shutter down for B.
I would possibly experiment and try and lower the spring tension so that I can reduce the power required by that solenoid on long exposures, so the batteries don't get eaten up. But that's another can of worms ;)
def a few ways to go about this. a mechanical way to hold it open might be best to save the batteries. a bit crude, but some floss/fishing wire connected to the right piece and sticking out of the body could work. would have to figure out where though.
Want to make a 110 flash connector for hot sync? :)
Originally Posted by Sethasaurus