110A Packfilm Conversion: Parts & Labor

manualThe biggest part, and sometimes purchase, of this project will be finding a Polaroid 110A in good condition. While most who owned one took good care of them, some are better than others. Because this conversion removes a lot of the original hardware the condition of the body is not very important, dirt and scratches can be fixed easily. When looking for any Polaroid Pathfinder, first and foremost is the condition of its lens. Sluggish or sticky shutters, scratched or marked glass, haze and fungus are all problems that can happen to really old vintage lenses.

an ID camera with CB-103 back
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an ID camera with CB-103 back

To give new life to this camera it needs to accept currently available film. For this project I chose to use an actual OEM Polaroid CB-103 film back. Mine was never used but its the same found on many medium format cameras. It is quite possible to use the hacked-off back from any number of Automatic Polaroids but for this project I wanted the cleanest look possible.

For instructions on how to procure a back from an Auto, check the steps I took with the Model 150 conversion. Some things will differ from my conversion if not using an OEM back. Take note where applicable.

pchotshoe2Since flashbulbs suck I’d like to use an electronic flash, I need a PC to hotshoe adapter. These are easy to find all over the place. I will be molding mine into the top of the finder. With it I can use my Vivitar flash that I use on my Canon AE-1.For tools, a set of small screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, hacksaw and a rotary tool (Dremel) with some cut-off wheels and grinding bits. A certain step requires a power drill, or better yet a drill press plus some specialized bits.

If you plan on also re-leathering the camera as I am, you will of course need some new leather and some contact cement.

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