After you have modified an electronic flash
to work with your Polaroid land camera, you will find that you need a way to mount it on the camera. I found that the easiest way to do this was to use the flashbulb unit as a base and modify it to support the electronic flash. This is relatively straight forward to do and I find that it attaches to the camera quite well. The two benefits of doing it this way is that the flashbulb unit has a custom built clip specifically to attach to the Polaroid and it also has the custom PC cable which is used to activate the automatic metering inside of the Land Camera for use with the flash.
Step 1: Go get stuff
You will need:
- Polaroid 268 flashbulb unit
- An electronic flash
- Hot shoe tripod adapter
- 1/4 x 1/2" bolt
- (x2) 1/4 washers
- 3/32" mono jack
- Black mat board triangle ***
- Spray mount
- Thread lock
- (x2) 3/32' mono plugs or 3/32" male-to-male mono cable
*** Cut out the triangle from the template posted below called "FlashMountTriangle.eps". It does not necessarily have to be Mat board. Any thick material that is 1/16" or thinner should work.
Step 2: Disassemble
Take apart the flashbulb unit until you are left with an empty plastic shell.
Make certain to set aside all of the parts some place safe as some of them will be used for reassembly.
Step 3: Break
There should be two plastic support tabs opposite each other on the inside of the case. These are not the posts used for the mounting screw, but two thin plastic tabs. Break both of these tabs out completely using pliers or diagonal cutters (see image notes for details).