So as some of you may know I’m really interested in film photography and shoot a lot of pictures. A couple of years ago the last producer of peel-apart instant film (Fuji) stopped producing it and as a result the camera I most liked shooting it on suddenly had no way to do so any more. Now my hasselblad is still perfectly capable of shooting film but there’s just something lovely about being able to see a shot you just took.
So as a result I tried buying one of Fuji’s still made integral (think old square Polaroid but a different size) cameras. While the film is lovely they cameras are not, they’re cheap and plastic and have plastic lenses that you can’t focus.
My current plan is therefore has been to modify a camera to shoot this still produced and relatively cheap instax film via the lenses on my hasselblad. The good thing about this and other medium format cameras is that they have removable film backs, as shown below:
The square one is for traditional film and the larger rectangular one is for the now extinct fp100-c instant film.
I have bought via eBay a few knackered (well, admittedly one I knackered) plastic instax cameras that look like this:
My plan is to salvage the film holding and eject mechanism from one of these cameras and mount them to the connecting plate from an existing film back.
So far I have disassembled one camera and one plate and I think they should roughly fit, with the next step being to remove as much material as I can to get the film plane as close to where it should be as possible.
However, I’m now in need of some help. I don’t know much about bonding these things, I doubtless won’t be able to use all of the existing screws, plus in removing the lens I’m going to end up trashing the electronics involved. I don’t need most of it, given it will no longer have to meter or move the lens but I do still need to be able to trigger the eject and run the motor. I’m not sure how to do this.
I also scared myself shitless trying to discharge that massive flash capacitor the first time I poked at it.
I also probably need some help with aligning the film plane and possibly making some plastic parts to make it as light right as possible.
So uh, anyone around for electronics night who might be able to advise?