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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    I'll rescan the print if I can find it -- don't hold your breath!
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    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.

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    Yeah, that was me, with the Wisner system John Reuter had just taken delivery of at the Santa Fe Workshops. The reason for the light leaks was design shortcomings. The original cameras had the processor built in, what we call an "all-in-one" where the camera and processor are permanently attached to the studio stand. Wisners' arrangement could have been better, but with a separate film cassette and processor, there are so many moving parts to eliminate all the light leak possibilities and combinations.
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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?
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    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.

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    Vaughan, I added a couple notes to your photo:
    1. Steve Simmons
    2. Jan Pietrzak
    3. Patrick Alts restored 18"x22" Empire State
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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.
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Ron W. had one of his 20x24's at the View Camera Magazine conference in 2002, and it was fun to hang out with him (not to mention with everybody else there also!). From what I remember that camera was set up with a regular film back. We all had a great time...I miss those days.

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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Storer View Post
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    What happened to the one at Pan Pacific Camera in LA?

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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    What happened to the one at Pan Pacific Camera in LA?
    Ancient history. I believe it was only there for a couple months or less anyway and went back to Polaroid.

    I got involved with the cameras as a student in 1983/4 and "retired" from 20x24 in 2017 after running the Boston studio, then 20x24 West based in San Francisco, and having built three new cameras from scratch.
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    Ron W. had one of his 20x24's at the View Camera Magazine conference in 2002, and it was fun to hang out with him (not to mention with everybody else there also!). From what I remember that camera was set up with a regular film back. We all had a great time...I miss those days.
    Right. As mentioned elsewhere, Ron built an aftermarket cassette (which took a 150' roll of Polaroid negative) and separate processor that were compatible with the 20x24 "field" cameras he was already making. The processor would take the standard 50' rolls of "receiver sheet" aka Polaroid paper, and one developer pod per shot to be processed.
    A "case" of 20x24 film is:
    1x150' roll of negative
    3x50' rolls of receiver sheet
    45xdeveloper pods
    I worked extensively with the original cameras built by Polaroid as well as assorted Wisner 20x24 systems owned by various folks. (then built three new 20x24 cameras myself)
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    Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Storer View Post
    Ancient history. I believe it was only there for a couple months or less anyway and went back to Polaroid.

    I got involved with the cameras as a student in 1983/4 and "retired" from 20x24 in 2017 after running the Boston studio, then 20x24 West based in San Francisco, and having built three new cameras from scratch.
    I think it was there till he was arrested and the store closed. Steve had built a studio for it when they moved to the new store. Then it seemed to disappear. Wonder if it went with the store’s assets. Never saw it in another store.

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