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Film or back for Polaroid 900 Electric Eye Land Camera?

Sue Deva , Mar 22, 2005; 03:43 p.m.

A friend of mine recently purchased a Polaroid 900 EE Land Camera in working condition. However, there is no manual and we cannot figure out what sort of film to use with the standard back that came with it. Is such film even available? I assume it's 4x5" film loaded into paper sheets (from the looks of the back). If the the film that was used with this camera is no longer available, is there any way to purchase a back that will fit on this camera and that uses a currently available film type? Thanks.


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John Shriver , Mar 22, 2005; 05:30 p.m.

I'm afraid that like all the roll-film Polaroid cameras, it's a "film orphan". Polaroid discontinued all the 40 series roll films years ago.

Glen Peterson , Mar 22, 2005; 05:33 p.m.

this camera uses series 40 polaroid roll film. I do not think it is available any longer. If I remember right, all type 40 was discontinued in the late '80s. I personally wouldn't bother with any type of back on this camera, If it were a polaroid 110a/b, then I might.

Glen Peterson , Mar 22, 2005; 05:34 p.m.

WILLIAM LITTMAN , Mar 22, 2005; 05:40 p.m.

The format on that camera is 3x4, 4 designs and many others convert those to the modern 3x4 pack films but the lens is very slow and not a professional lens. Another option you may consider is to buy a 110a , b or 120 which have a professional type lens for 50-150 or so and then its worth while doing it.

I do not offer those services but many photo.net members do.

You can buy those cameras on ebay. thank you

David M , Mar 23, 2005; 08:17 p.m.

The lens fitted to the Polaroid 800 and 900 is a very good quality glass 3-element lens that will almost cover 4x5. Its possible to remove the front standard and fit it to a lensboard.

Minh Nguyen , Apr 27, 2005; 01:48 a.m.

Hi You can convert it to 120 roll film by added a back. I did convert a Polaroid 150 to 6x12 and the pictures look excellent in panoramic format. Minh

Carolyn Azar , Jan 15, 2009; 01:39 a.m.

I just unpacked a mint condition (in the case and still in the box!!) 900, with everything included, including the original "brochure". This was one of the first ones made. If you wish a scanned copy of the manual let me know, I can email it. Mine even has a few flash bulbs and some film left in it but after how many ever decades, the film is no good.

Gary Williams , Apr 04, 2010; 10:32 a.m.

Old thead but worth reviving- the 900 is worth converting to pack film in its own right.

Gary Williams , Apr 04, 2010; 11:06 a.m.

ps- shutter speed on the 900 is 1/12 to 1/600 with manual or AE option- it actually has a faster shutter than the 1/300 of the 110a/b series
see below

--> Model 900:

Produced: 1960-1963 / Original Retail: $159.95
Estimated Production: 460,000 - (650,000)
  • Has single-window viewfinder/rangefinder with projected framelines and automatic parallax compensation.
  • Polished steel body with grey textured covering
  • Shutter: electrically controlled, 1/12 - 1/600, plus Bulb
  • Automatic programmed exposure by CdS cell; manual control also possible by EV settings.
  • Focus by wheel on edge of bed, shutter release on end of bed.

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