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I Just Got an Old Camera! (Now what?) Answered

I'm not sure what to do with it... Should I try to restore it, clean it up a bit, find some film on eBay, and use it?

Or should I polish it up a bit and see how much I can sell it for?

I like film cameras and all, but this one's a bit bulky... And I already have a really good Canon SLR that takes 35mm film, so I don't need another film camera, and I got a nice Polaroid too (what you think of first when someone says "Polaroid", not a camera made by Polaroid that isn't a Polaroid but is a Polaroid because it's made by them).

So, here's some pics, taken with my Kodak. What do you think?

BTW, Let me know if you want me to post more... I've opened it up already, I can do it again.


Whoa! I can't believe I'm seeing this AFTER I posted my instructable on making a lamp using this exact same camera! Hahah, that's so exciting. Well if you still have it, I've got a great suggestion on what you can do with it!


I just bought a polaroid 320 land camera for my daughter for Christmas and we can't seem to get the pictures to turn out. They are really dark and we can see some shape no matter how long we develop them for. I bought Fujifilm FP-100C film (even though the camera says it takes 75 or 3000 speed film). Is the film wrong? Do we need the flash for even daylight pictures?

track the sale of an identical camera on ebay then place it if you think it is worth it

This websiteinspired me to try blue print photography, but blue paper is getting harder and more expensive to find.

Sorry I wasn't clear, I'm on drugs right now, I should have past tensed my statement mor clearly, read.... "some years ago.........statement...." lemme go look for something.

Okay doky here's a couple of pix of blueprint paper photos taken using a large format camera I built someyears ago. I like em.

hrd 012.jpghrd 014.jpg

They're developed using ammonia vapor, they're colorfast as long as they are not exposed to sunlight, then they fade over time, but these are several years old and unfaded.

Lots of info on the Model 95, they don't make film for it anymore and was the first instant-picture camera from the 1950s. You have a historic piece but it seems not to have much collectible value.

Maybe the steampunkers will put a bid on it for the parts.

i have eyed up a few in the past. The problem would be that i probs wouldnt want to punk it up. I guess i need to look for a dirt cheap one off the market.

Haha, I paid about $2USD for mine, and according to caitlinsdad's article, that's about what it's worth.

hmm, ok, i will have a look on ebay maybe

you still wanting to sell it??

If you're really interested in buying it, shoot me a PM, although I'm still not sure whether I'm keeping it or not.

I've got a really cool camera flash that needs 'punking as well. I'll get some pics sometime.

1950's, eh? I'm surprised, I guessed 40's, so I guess I wasn't too far off. As for the steampunk comment, I'll agree, it definitely has that "look".

Why not try making your own light-sensitive papers and taking pictures with the bellows camera?

It is possible to make light-sensitive paper from scratch, reproducing old photographic methods.

Why not find out how to do that?

You could then place a rectangle of the paper in the body of the camera in the photos you posted, and take a photograph with it.

You then remove the paper from the camera and fix or develop it.

An ible and a half, hey?

I don't understand the light-sensitive paper method... Is it similar to pinhole cameras, I guess?