I just got my Polaroid Colorpack II in the mail!! I’m so excited to start using it. It only cost $11. (The cheapest one I could find after lots of looking). The film is more expensive, ranging from the cheapest I could find (9$ from amazon.com), to more expensive film from ebay.com and other places (from 13$- 25$). Of course, I always try to buy in bulk to reduce costs. This is just for the color film, the black and white is more expensive.
These cameras are from around the 60’s! So it’s not a simple as the modern instax cameras, but it’s still pretty easy. I just cleaned out the battery compartment, put some batteries in, and tested the shutter! It’s working great. I was worried! I’m glad it’s still functioning. What you do to set it up for a shot, is adjust the switch at the top of the lens to either 3000, or to 75. 3000 for black and white film, 75 for color film. Then, adjust the lens to the proper focusing length, which ranges from 3.5 feet, to 50+ feet. There is also a knob where you can adjust the lightness/darkness of the photo.
This camera does not come with flash. (Which is a good thing I guess, considering on most of the instax fujifilm cameras, you have no choice but to always have flash on). BUT, there are these things called flash cubes that you can buy and they come with three flashes a cube. So when you need a flash, put one on there, and open the flash shield (Is that what its called, I’m new to this). And when you don’t need it, simply take it off and wait for the next time you’ll be needing a flash.
Next thing you do, is turn the shutter button out of its locked position, and press it all the way down.
Then, there will be a white tab, coming from the film slot, you pull the white tab, and then a yellow tab will pop out. Then, you pull out the yellow tab with an even force. If it’s cold outside, you will have to hold the film under your arm while its developing. If not, then set it down (or hold it, it doesn’t matter) and count for the specific amount of time that it instructs you to do on the film box. Then, peel the two pieces apart from each other, One will be your picture, the other will be a color negative of the picture. You can discard it, or you can keep it and do something creative with it!
Now, I’ve watched a few videos and read a few articles about the colorpack II, and there has been a lot of variety in the time that the person waits for the film to develop. A video on youtube, the guy only waited 20 seconds. Everyone in the comments section was complaining “You’re supposed to wait at least a minute! It’s such an injustice to the photo that you only let it develop for 20 seconds!”
But, in an article, the person said to wait 30 seconds. So, I don’t know exactly how long you’re supposed to wait. I’ll find out when I buy the film!
On the side of this camera, under the flash shield thing, there’s a circle thing with machinery type stuff that says “wind”. If anyone has this camera, and knows what that is all about, please fell free to tell me haha. Hopefully there wasn’t supposed to be a knob or something that came with it, because I don’t have it!
Happy snapping!! xx