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    Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    I am new to LF photography and just picked up an old Calumet camera with a Polar oid Land Film Holder #500 and am trying to figure out how to load the film. Is Polapan Pro 100 compatible with the holder and if so, how do I load the film to expose it.

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    Russell Graves

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    Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    Polaroid #500 is an old model. You can use 5X film type (55 59 54 ...) and polapan pro 100 only if it is made for the same actual film older made for 55 59 ..... But there are somme problem you have to take care before. The film locking in system is made by a litle metal V part at the botooms of the film. The V have to be opened (in the midle of the back side) enough but not too much in order to be locked by the square pin lock and not stoped by the square hole of the square pin lock when you will process the film. You can realase the film by pushing down the chrome index of the botooms film older to unload it. The bigest trouble with this film older is that the openning stop don't work. In order to expose the film you have to move the cover paper. A added white streng paper ligne is sticked on the back of the cover paper. It is the stop index for not too open the cover paper before the exposure. This paper index is exactly short enough for ont working with #500 film older. The only solution is to estimate how much you can open the cover paper and stop yourself at the right position.

    Loading the film. First you have to check if processing rods are clean. open the rod's cover by moving the right chrom button in the lens side. you can see brigth rod and one rubber rod. they are processing rod and ligth stop rod. If you see any thing look like chimical caustic deposite, you ll have to remove them carefully. Turn the chrom lever of the back side in L (load) position. press processing rod from the lens side to the back side and turn the chrom rod of the back side in order to remove it from the tow hooks. You can "open" the tow processing rods for cleaning.

    Second rod are clean: you can use the film older. on the back side you have a lever printed L and P as Load and Process. for loading a film you have to take care about the V metal part fo the film sheet, put the lever on Load position. Put the film in in the right position and the right side to the lens. Put the film older in the spring back. Close the lens shutter. Pull the paper cover enough. Take the picture. Push the cover. Put the lever in Process position. Take care the unlock chrom botoom pin is down. Remove the film older from the spring back. Pull the film sheet from the film older strongly but slowly. The timming for processing duration is started. Ptu the lever in Load position. When time is over separate the paper cover and stick out the with/gray part from the rest of paper: it is your picture. The 55 film can give you a picture and a negative you can fix and wash and dry in order to print it as a standart negative.

    have a nice day J.Ph.

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    Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    Hi Russell,

    Unfortunately the model 500 film holder you have will not work with the currently configured Polaroid 4X5 film, and Polaroid discontinued and does not support this film holder since 1970, My suggestion is to pick up a model 545. Sorry for the bad news,

    Bill

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    Re: Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    I'll see if I can recycle this thread, 7 years dormant.

    I received a box of kamera krap today. It included a Polaroid 500 filmholder with a handwritten note about a catch wire missing, usable if not pulled too far.

    I have a 545 and some expired film that's still fun enough to use.

    I also have a couple boxes of Tmax Readyloads. Is the 500 a good candidate for these?

    Thank you

    Murray

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    Re: Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Jefferson View Post
    Hi Russell,

    Unfortunately the model 500 film holder you have will not work with the currently configured Polaroid 4X5 film, and Polaroid discontinued and does not support this film holder since 1970, My suggestion is to pick up a model 545. Sorry for the bad news,

    Bill

    sorry this isn't true.

    the only thing that the 500 back won't do
    is stop you from pulling off the paper/darkslide
    when you expose the film ... it is easy to see where
    and know when to stop pulling the paper,
    other than that one problem, the 500 holders work well,
    spread the chemical pod better, and are thinner/made of metal instead
    of plastic and don't have/ use a metal clip that sometimes stops holding your film.
    i have one ( 500 back ) and have been using it for about 5 or 6 years
    without a problem. i use #55 and #59 film with it.

    good luck!
    john

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    Re: Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    Quote Originally Posted by Murray View Post
    I'll see if I can recycle this thread, 7 years dormant.

    I received a box of kamera krap today. It included a Polaroid 500 filmholder with a handwritten note about a catch wire missing, usable if not pulled too far.

    I have a 545 and some expired film that's still fun enough to use.

    I also have a couple boxes of Tmax Readyloads. Is the 500 a good candidate for these?

    Thank you

    Murray
    murray

    i also have a beater 500 back with missing catch wire.
    unfortunately, it won't hold the film without the wire ....
    the 545 uses the clippy-thing instead of "the wire",
    maybe it will work ...

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    Re: Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    and are thinner/made of metal instead of plastic
    What plastic? My 545 holder is all metal, and heavy like a brick.

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    Re: Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    Buna ziwa Vlad
    Good Day John

    My 545 is metal too.

    OK, so my 500 is probably not too useful at the moment. It's a weird wrinkle-tex beige color...I guess it's better than avocado green.

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    Re: Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    the only thing that the 500 back won't do
    is stop you from pulling off the paper/darkslide
    when you expose the film ... i

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    Re: Polaroid Land Film Holder #500

    the only thing that the 500 back won't do
    is stop you from pulling off the paper/darkslide
    when you expose the film ...

    yep, just dont pull the paper "darkslide" out too far and you're in biz.

    try a sheet.

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