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    Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Has anyone converted a Polaroid 20x24 camera to accept standard films?

    Is this possible? Would it make any sense to do it?
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Tracy Storer probably knows. His "about me" page on this forum indicates this: "20"x24" Polaroid with accessory sheet film back."

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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    Has anyone converted a Polaroid 20x24 camera to accept standard films?

    Is this possible? Would it make any sense to do it?
    The cameras were originally built with a processor for the film built in, it's the large wooden box you can see behind the bellows on my homepage here:http://mammothcamera.com/

    A little over 20 years ago, a client approached me to ask if it would be possible, and paid me to build an accessory box that mounted in place of the processor box. On the rear was a ground-glass spring back, and we used double sided 20"x24" sheet film holders to shoot Bergger BPF200. The film was tray processed and printed conventionally.
    In 2016 I delivered a new 20x24 for Polaroid film to a customer in Europe which also had an accessory back to allow the use of film or wetplate holders.
    As far as I know, I am the only one who ever did it in the history of the Polaroid 20x24 cameras.
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Tracy: t5hanks for the link. I had no idea . . . .
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Is that the same camera that Elsa Dorfman was using for quite a time?
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron (Netherlands) View Post
    Is that the same camera that Elsa Dorfman was using for quite a time?
    see here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt-NraquF5E
    One like it. I worked with Elsa a lot when I lived in Boston.
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Is it true there are only 5 of those cameras worldwide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Storer View Post
    One like it. I worked with Elsa a lot when I lived in Boston.

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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    There was one set up for Big Camera Day on the Plaza (Santa Fe, NM, 2003?), but the dry air caused too many light leaks -- perhaps in the developing box. It was going to be used to take a photo of the Plaza and the other big cameras. I did instead, but wish I had had the 250mm back then instead of just the 300mm.

    Were you there Tracy?

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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Some very expensive and lovely gear in this photo....................'GAS' beyond words

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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by diversey View Post
    Is it true there are only 5 of those cameras worldwide?
    In the film Elsa mentions there were 6

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
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    Great shot, can you post a bigger size of the print so we can enjoy all the gear shown?
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