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To do this, all that is needed is a Polaroid Land camera, some small screwdrivers, and a small sheet of thin metal. These cameras can be found on eBay, or better yet, at yard sales. It will be made into a pinhole camera with several pinholes that can be switched into place, for use in various light conditions etc.
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Step 1:

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With a thin blade, pry off the cover plate on the front of the camera. Remove
the plastic ring around the lens, and discard it. Unscrew the lens, and set it
aside (this will be made into the lens cap). Cover the small semicircular slot next to the lens with a piece of electrical tape, to prevent light leaks.

Step 2:

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Open the back of the camera, and remove the 4 small screws around the lens
that attach the bellows to the front of the camera. Then, remove the screw on
the front of the camera that attaches the lens assembly to the frame. Then it
can be swung out to allow access to the back; Remove all the screws on the back of the lens assembly, then pry off the thin metal plate on the top of the lens assembly.

Step 3:

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Cut the cable between the the camera and the circuit board, and remove it from the lens assembly. Pop out the lens in the back of the lens assembly. Remove the screws holding the circuitboard to the front of the lens assembly.Remove excess parts from the front and back of the circuitboard (refer to photos
to see what is needed).

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Take off the small metal arm holding in the plastic dial: remove the screw, then carefully pry off the tiny metal spring clip. Do not bend this out of shape, as it will be needed when reassembling. (If it gets bent, or lost, there are several other of the same clips in the unused parts of the circuitboard that were removed). Remove the spring resting against the center of the dial and save. Take out the plastic dial with the holes in it.
2spoons5 years ago
hi, great little set of instructions for using my land camera!
1 question-do i still need to buy a 4.5 battery or can i skip the costly thing?

sorry for posting a 'stupid' question. im just unsure if the film will work without battery?

thanks :)
Housekey (author)  2spoons2 years ago
You don't need to worry about the battery- that is used to power the shutter and the light meter, neither of which are used in the modded camera
jdhitc4 years ago
hey i am looking for something a bit simpler to do, and that would be to just set the thing up to take a normal battery, I heard you can do this but have not come across anything. Has anyone seen an kinda of tutorial on this ?
Housekey (author)  jdhitc4 years ago
You don't need to worry about the battery, it isnt used at all. It was used to power the exposure meter and the shutter mechanism, but neither of those are used in the pinhole setup, of course.

If one does want info on olaroid batteries, this website has a ton of info:

I believe the batteries are 4.5V, itd be pretty esay to wire up a few 1.5V batteries to take place of the old ones.
leptiprince4 years ago
Hello What are distance to make the photograph by unfolding the bellows landscape or portrait? Thank you
muyo196 years ago
Too bad that polaroid film is going way
Housekey (author)  muyo196 years ago
Actually, while Polaroid is no longer making film, Fuji makes a peel-apart instant film that fits this camera. Not many stores carry it, but a web search for "fuji instant film" will point you in the right direction. I've found that the results are actually better w/ the fuji film
muyo19 Housekey6 years ago
randofo7 years ago
Pretty awesome, but I don't think I could bring myself to do that to my camera.
oryx8 years ago
any tips for converting a polaroid land onestep. my main question is what i can take out of the inside of the camera and how do i need to regulate exposure time, since i will be using 600 film instead of the discontinued 100 film, and the exposure time is like 0.5 s. can i mod the shutter somehow, or just be really quick in covering the pinhole after exposure? i've never made a pinhole, so any advice, would be super awesome!
sabadash8 years ago
These cameras are readily available. Think this project would be good for underachieving, underclass kids? You know, beauty is as beauty does. "-" [ sabadash]
underachieving, underclass?
s_boarder219 years ago
where do you get film for the camera? I thought they stopped making compatible film a long time ago.
Housekey (author)  s_boarder219 years ago
They actually still make the film, and now Fuji makes their own line as well. I usually order it from B&H Photo and Video (go to the Instant Film page), though there are many distributors available, and better photo-supply stores usually have a few packs on hand too. This camera uses the 3.25 x 4.25 inch size. This type of instant film is referred to as "peel apart pack film", to distinguish it from the newer type of Polaroid film.
Housekey (author) 9 years ago
Sorry–I meant to include some of the photographs Ive taken with this...Ill scan some and post em soon
colin9 years ago
Awesome! Could you post some of the developed pictures that you've taken with this camera?

This reminds me of the Pinhole Camera Camp at Burning Man. They use 1.5ft diameter barrels with photo paper lining the inside of the barrel and a pinhole pierced in the top. Their pictures are spectacular.