FAQS: Cameras – Packfilm

The charts below show the major differences between packfilm camera models. When searching for what camera may be best is a subjective thing. With the differences outlined, it should be easier to understand why one might be considered better than another.

For a listing of every model’s specifications, and photos of camera models see the Optional Land List.

For a listing on the films available for these camera see here.

Packfilm cameras comes in three body styles:

100.pack

Folding Type Automatic Model 100

cp2.pack

Rigid Type Colorpack II

ee100s.pack
image-232

“Reporter Style” Folding EE100

All cameras here, except where noted, are automatic aperture priority cameras powered by batteries. Automatic packfilm cameras do not allow you to choose fstops, but instead give you set fstops with which a shutter speed is chosen by the camera for the available light. “Better” models give you more fstops to work with. Use common sense to know when you would need a tripod to avoid camera shake.

If you need to know how to load your camera there is a section for that.

For advice on Polaroid cameras see the Buying Tips page.

 

FOLDING
Hover over green text to see more information about certain attributes

Model

Body Scene Selector

Finder

Lens

Tripod Timer

100

metal yes 2 window folding

glass yes no

101

metal no 2 window folding

glass yes no

102

metal/plastic no 2 window folding

glass yes no

103

plastic no 2 window folding

glass no no

104

plastic no 1 window rigid

plastic no no

125

plastic no 1 window rigid

plastic no no

135

plastic no 2 window folding

glass no no

210

plastic no 1 window rigid

plastic no no

215

plastic no 1 window rigid

plastic no no

220

plastic yes 2 window rigid

plastic no no

225

plastic yes 2 window rigid

plastic no no

230

plastic yes 2 window folding

glass no no

240

metal yes 2 window folding

glass yes no

250

metal yes Zeiss glass yes no

315

plastic no 1 window rigid

plastic no no

320

plastic no 2 window rigid

plastic no no

330

plastic no 2 window rigid

glass no yesmechanical

335

plastic no 2 window rigid

glass no yeselectronic

340

plastic yes 2 window folding

glass no yesmechanical

350

metal yes Zeiss glass yes yeselectronic

355

metal yes 2 window folding

glass yes yesmechanical

360

metal yes Zeiss glass yes yeselectronic

420

plastic no 2 window rigid

plastic no no

430

plastic no 2 window rigid

glass no mechanical

440

plastic yes 2 window folding

glass no yesmechanical

450

metal yes Zeiss glass yes yeselectronic

455

metal yes 2 window folding

glass yes yesmechanical

M60

plastic no 1 window rigid

plastic no yesmechanical

M80

plastic no 2 window rigid plastic no yeselectronic

Countdown
70

plastic no 2 window rigid plastic no yesmechanical

Countdown
90

plastic no 2 window folding plastic no yeselectronic
Below are the manual folding models. Instead of electronics and electric eyes, there is a leaf shutter.

These allow for specific speeds and fstops. You can also try to build your own.

180

metal Zeiss 4 element glass yes no

195

metal 2 window folding 4 element glass yes yesmechanical
RIGID

All of these cameras have varying specs. This is just a quick synopsis of important differences and it does not cover all models. International models, found here.

Model

Film Speeds

Focus

Big Swinger

3000 ONLY viewfinder only

Big Shot

75 ONLY fixed focus rangefinder with split image NO BATTERIES!

Colorpack II-V

75/3000 focusing aid & viewfinder

Minute Maker

75 ONLY viewfinder masks for square/rect film

Super Shooter

75/3000 focusing aid & viewfinder
Below are cameras that ONLY take discontinued 80 series square packfilm.

Square Shooter

75 ONLY distance finder & viewfinder

Zip

3000 ONLY distance finder & viewfinder
Reporter Style Folding

Differences between models is quite negligible. This is just some notes about each. See the Land List for specs.

Model

Notes

The Reporter

uses 80/3000 speed film but also has a “3000ER” setting allowing use of a wide open aperture

EE100

lacks the aforementioned “3000R” setting

ProPack

ONLY model to take ProFlash electronic flash; “3000ER” is not full aperture; electronic timer