By popular demand, we now offer the ‘Elemental Model’. This camera is identical to our Standard Model 250 in all ways with a few key differences.
What is the difference?
One might ask, why then is the Standard Model 250 so much more sought after? Simply put, we don’t know. Traditionally the Model 250 has been theÂ pinnacleÂ of the Polaroid Pack Film collector’s desire. As you can see in the gallery and images above, the differences were minimal, namely Color and Viewfinder. The Second-Generation Model 250 cameÂ equippedÂ with a silver Zeiss-Ikon single window viewfinder which allows the photographer to not take his eye of the subject when focusing. While we find this feature handy it is by far less accurate, or more precisely, not as easy to use as the Polaroid 2 window viewfinder.
The only otherÂ visibleÂ difference between the Model 250 and Models 100/240 is the color of the bellows. While we tend to agree, the black does look sharper and less “1960′s” there is no functional difference whatsoever. In 1967, when Polaroid introduced the Model 200 series cameras, they simply renamed the previous Model 100 to 240; The cameras are identical except in name.
LandCameras.com Model Comparison
|Model||Automatic 250||Automatic 100/240||Bellows Color||Viewfinder||Lens Type||Body Construction|
|Elemental Model||Grey||Polaroid 2 window||3 Element Glass||Aluminum|
|Standard/Deluxe/Premium||Black||Zeiss-Ikon single window||3 Element Glass||Aluminum|
About our Cameras
We take pride in each camera rebirth; up to 4 hours of cleaning, and care goes into each camera restoration . WhetherÂ you’re interested in an Elemental, Â Standard, Deluxe or Premium Model, all cameras pass the same rigorousÂ qualityÂ testing before we invest the time and effort intoÂ restoration. See Details tab for all the steps we take with each model.
LiFePo4 Battery: A modern solution to an old problem
Polaroid pack film cameras use power in two places; the light sensor and the magnetic shutter. Power draw from these two systems is low enough that the original battery can last a year or more with normal usage. Â Most normal rechargeable batteries have a full charge shelf life of less than 3 months. This means that you’d have to recharge your camera even if you didn’t use it for a few months.
All our cameras include
- Rebirth Certificate
- Battery/Flash instruction manual
- Original Manual
Detailed restoration process
The only differences in restoration that you will find from the deluxe/Premium models is the Flash modifications and Internal lens cleaning.
- Fully clean entire body
- Viewfinder disassembled and cleaned
- Touch-up paint on any chips to avoidÂ future corrosion
- Clean Battery box
- Install new battery wiring
- Replace light seal foam
- Install “ColdÂ Shoe” onÂ top of camera body (Deluxe Model Only)
- DisassembleÂ lens housing, clean “electronic eye” light meter (Deluxe Model Only)
- Modify shutter for x-sync flash (Deluxe Model Only)
- Clean and LubricateÂ internal lenses and shutter mechanicsÂ (Deluxe ModelÂ Only)
- Check Lens forÂ scratching or fogging
- Test battery operation and shutter speedsÂ against known camera
- Check bellows for light-tightness
- UV treatment on bellows
- Lubricate all joints
- Check Range finder focus with groundÂ glass
- Test flash functionality (Deluxe ModelÂ Only)
- Test photo
- Charge Battery
- Clean Rollers, test for wear
|Features||Elemental Model||Standard Model||Classic Model||Deluxe Model||Premium Model|
|Battery Charger (and battery)|
|“Care and Feeding” guide for battery/flash|
|Polaroid Model 100/240|
|Polaroid Model 360|
|Polaroid Model 250|
|Zeiss-Ikon large or small viewfinder|
|Flash x-sync capability / modification|
|Hot-shoe / sync cable kit|
|Hand-made “Gordy’s” camera strap|
See Product Options above or Original Accessories page
User guide download
- Updated guide for your new camera
- Care and feeding of the battery
- Tips and Tricks
- Printed version comes with every camera
We will email you with an estimated ship date within two days of placing your order