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Polaroid 195 Unbranded
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:50 pm    Post subject: Polaroid 195 Unbranded Reply with quote

Stumbled across this Polaroid Land Camera listed on eBay, and thought it looked different than what is typically found online.

The Tominon 114mm f3.8 lens tells of a 195 but there are 2 additional flash shoes on the side, an odd box below the film and two sliders on the back. The brand is only listed inside the film back with no actual model number.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one. For what format is this legend? Does is have coupled randefinder? By the images not sure.


PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spleenone wrote:
Nice one. For what format is this legend?

Does is have coupled randefinder?


Format appears to be 4x3 inch, but the film back doesn't look like the 180.

Yes, but the middle rectangle is bright view only with frame lines. The circle to the side is a darkened stereo image until focus is obtained.


PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found one on fleabay with other back than this one. If I put there some negative sheet what would happened? Seiko shutter sound nice from what I read.


PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spleenone wrote:
Found one on fleabay with other back than this one. If I put there some negative sheet what would happened? Seiko shutter sound nice from what I read.


Looks like the film pressure plate holder is missing on this one.

From what I can see it was a boutique setup, with a battery powered motor negative film winder.


PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are couple of them at USA. If I think about polaroid photography this would be machine to do in such way. Definitely. But now days it not what I trying to found.


PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spleenone wrote:
There are couple of them at USA. If I think about polaroid photography this would be machine to do in such way. Definitely. But now days it not what I trying to found.


I agree with Polaroid as a system, and if there was fresh film available then it would be for the model 180 with its better viewfinder.

Except the Tominon 114mm f3.8 Tessar lens which is happy anyway. The front element will be switching places with a copy which was extracted as a lens block with aperture from a damaged model 195; see it on the table. The lens takes nicely on a Nikon PB-4 with tilt/shift movement.


PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This camera has been heavily modified. You wont get a film cartridge in it for sure. The shoes have been stuck on. I guess this has been modded to take sheet film, though I'm not sure how it will go in, there appears to be no provision for a film holder. The rangefinder is coupled and a full range of shutter speeds on the shutter. Completely manual. My gut guess is that this is an incomplete modification.


PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philslizzy wrote:
This camera has been heavily modified. You wont get a film cartridge in it for sure. The shoes have been stuck on. I guess this has been modded to take sheet film, though I'm not sure how it will go in, there appears to be no provision for a film holder. The rangefinder is coupled and a full range of shutter speeds on the shutter. Completely manual. My gut guess is that this is an incomplete modification.


But if yes sheet film is little bit larger than those space in back of camera. Also I would say that looks incomplete. There missing smtng to push film into chamber. Some plate of what.


PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't look like being modified for sheet film to me. But it can be relative easily modified to take sheet film. It will become a nice and compact 4x5 coupled RF camera if modified for sheet film.


PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dan_ wrote:
It doesn't look like being modified for sheet film to me. But it can be relative easily modified to take sheet film. It will become a nice and compact 4x5 coupled RF camera if modified for sheet film.


Agree that it checks all the boxes for compact.

The camera will stay intact as I have no reason to dismantle this copy. Either find the missing part or do sheet film sometime down the road.

My guess is that it had a cartridge for smaller size film rolls which could wind at the slide of a lever. Why else would it have a motor, gears and battery with wires.


PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spleenone wrote:
philslizzy wrote:
This camera has been heavily modified. You wont get a film cartridge in it for sure. The shoes have been stuck on. I guess this has been modded to take sheet film, though I'm not sure how it will go in, there appears to be no provision for a film holder. The rangefinder is coupled and a full range of shutter speeds on the shutter. Completely manual. My gut guess is that this is an incomplete modification.


But if yes sheet film is little bit larger than those space in back of camera. Also I would say that looks incomplete. There missing smtng to push film into chamber. Some plate of what.


This camera is still a mystery to me.

If it was so heavily modified then I wonder why it wasn't re-branded.

I did find a roller on the bottom of the camera hidden under a flap. This roller appears to be driven by a motor and some gears.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found this device on an album of Polaroid mods. It does appear similar to the modified unbranded Polaroid camera.

IMG_5055 by Dave Pirinelli, on Flickr

With caption, "Just like CB-70. but with a dark slide. Take pic, push button, the film is ejected, you wait and watch."

The previous photo reveals from, "600SE with 127mm and Polaroid 331 B&W from CB-33 back."