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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?
    see here:
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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?

    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

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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?
    Read a brief history here:
    http://mammothcamera.com/thecamera.html
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Thanks! A great history of 20x24 Polaroid. It is true 5 were made originally.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Storer View Post
    Read a brief history here:
    http://mammothcamera.com/thecamera.html

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