Fun with Analogue Cameras

Hands-on with the Polaroid 104 and FP100C Film

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.

I've always been hearing about 100 series pack film but I never got the opportunity to try it. I've read about the camera and peel-apart camera but I was just easily scared by it. It wasn't only 'til a few weeks back when I got some film packs and met a very patient Polaroid fanatic to introduce me to this very lovely format. It was actually quite a good fix and a great lesson about bellows and cameras from the 60s. The film is considerably cheaper too compared to the new releases from The Impossible Project, so really, it can't get any better than this.

The camera is a little difficult to find in Metro Manila but several collectors sell this for a very reasonable price.

The camera has this zone focusing system that takes a bit of practice. Fairly easy. Loading takes a bit of work too, making sure the rolling spool thing is clean.

The fun part would be pulling the first tab from the film and then the actual peel-apart image. You peel it off like a sticker after 2 minutes or so.

Pretty fun stuff all in all. It's quite funny how some of my aunts and relatives would see the camera and share their stories on how they've once seen and used this camera during their early years. A bit of nostalgia came from this conversational piece.

Anyway, my big thanks to Charlston Uytanlet for all the help! :)


Polaroid Land Model 104 

Part of the series of Polaroid cameras that began with the Automatic Land Camera 100 and finishing at the Automatic Land Camera 450, this camera shares a common set of features with all models in this line:

Folding Bellows

Automatic Exposure

100-series Packfilm

The 104 was one of the earliest 'consumer' models of the 100-400 series line of folding Packfilm Land Cameras, similar to many other models; this model features a non-folding, Polaroid-designed zone focusing system and a 2 element plastic lens. 

The 104 was produced from 1965 until 1967.