Formerly know as “Conversion & Mods”
Below you will find the first conversions that I documented years ago. Obviously I am not going to give away all my secrets that go into my own conversions, but I hope the following information helps you in your own projects.
Nothing here should be taken as the exact way to do anything.
Always use your own best judgement when working on a camera.
I learned a lot from my mistakes. So the things you see here should at least have you making less mistakes than I did when I first started out.
Can’t find original batteries?
Modify your automatic packfilm camera to accept AAA or CR123, 2/3A batteries instead and clean the camera while you’re at it
Rollfilm Model Conversions
The first instant print cameras ever created used Polaroid roll film. This kind of film has been out of production for a few decades now. To bring new life to these awesome cameras, a conversion to readily available pack film can be attempted.
first attempt; real hack-job, only photos NO conversion guide.
packfilm conversion of the world’s first instant camera
convert 3 cameras into a 110B
packfilm, range finder, hot-shoe
Packfilm Model Conversions
While it is fun to convert the rollfilm models to accept packfilm, sometimes you just want a camera that uses packfilm right out of the box.
I have converted a couple to complete manual controls by exchanging the auto circuitry for a medium format lens and shutter.
changing auto to manual; 105mm lens and shutter; proof of concept
changing auto to manual; 127mm lens and shutter
changing auto to manual; 127mm lens and shutter; electronic timer
Holgaroid/Diana 100% Full Frame Machine using 100/660 rectangular films