Elemental Model

$200.00 QTY

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The Elemental Model

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 the pinnacle 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 came equipped 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 other visible 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.

The Polaroid two window viewfinder is the same version that the professional model 195 used. By popular demand, professionals asked Polaroid to alter the very successful Model 180 professional camera to have the more accurate and easier to focus Polaroid viewfinder.

LandCameras.com Model Comparison

Model Automatic 250 Automatic 100/240 Bellows Color Viewfinder Lens Type Body Construction
Elemental Model yes Grey Polaroid 2 window 3 Element Glass Aluminum
Standard/Deluxe/Premium yes Black Zeiss-Ikon single window 3 Element Glass Aluminum

From the operations manual

About our Cameras

We take pride in each camera rebirth; up to 4 hours of cleaning, and care goes into each camera restoration . Whether you’re interested in an Elemental,  Standard, Deluxe or Premium Model, all cameras pass the same rigorous quality testing before we invest the time and effort into restoration. See Details tab for all the steps we take with each model.

This camera will produce a wide range of images depending on film type and techniques used. With older, expired Polaroid brand films it will produce dreamy color-shifted photos. Using new modern Fuji brand films the clarity and quality will surprise even the most die-hard digital fans. With the 114mm f/8.8 3-element glass lens, the depth of field will be pleasing at portrait distances, and clear enough further away to produce great scenery photos.
Our Rechargeable battery embodies the core of what makes a LandCameras.com camera unique; the most advanced power system ever put in an antique camera. Our rechargeable power system is a drop in replacement for the original 532 and 532 batteries. We use LiFePO4 batteries that are the latest evolution of Lithium battery technology. With a shelf life of over a year between charges, be confident your camera will take a photo when you ask it to.
Many AAA replacement modifications require cutting and removing plastic from the inside of the battery box. Our battery system snaps right into the existing battery holder. We don’t cut out any plastic or modify the body in any way, the battery fits right into the existing battery box. We do add a quick disconnect coupler to the wiring so that if the need for you to remove the battery ever arose, it would be quick and simple.

LiFePo4 Battery: A modern solution to an old problem

LandCameras.com specializes in creating high quality, fully restored instant cameras. At the core of every one of our cameras lies rechargeable battery technology. Utilizing Lithium Iron Phosphate (LifePo4) batteries provides the advantages that are truly necessary for this type of camera.

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.  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.

LiFePo4 technology does not contain any heavy metals and does not exhibit the “memory effect” of Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel-metal Hydride solutions. The lack of toxic materials used in LiFePo4 batteries bring the added benefit of environmental and health safety. Most importantly LiFePo4 technology has been shown to lose very little energy in a 2 year shelf life test while fully charged and unused.

All our cameras include

  • Rebirth Certificate
  • Charger
  • 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 avoid future corrosion
  • Clean Battery box
  • Install new battery wiring
  • Replace light seal foam
  • Install “Cold Shoe” on top of camera body (Deluxe Model Only)
  • Disassemble lens housing, clean “electronic eye” light meter (Deluxe Model Only)
  • Modify shutter for x-sync flash (Deluxe Model Only)
  • Clean and Lubricate internal lenses and shutter mechanics (Deluxe Model Only)
  • Check Lens for scratching or fogging
  • Test battery operation and shutter speeds against known camera
  • Check bellows for light-tightness
  • UV treatment on bellows
  • Lubricate all joints
  • Check Range finder focus with ground glass
  • Test flash functionality (Deluxe Model 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) yes yes yes yes yes
“Care and Feeding” guide for battery/flash yes yes yes yes yes
Re-Birth Certificate yes yes yes yes yes
Polaroid Model 100/240 yes
Polaroid Model 360 yes
Polaroid Model 250 yes yes yes
Zeiss-Ikon large or small viewfinder yes yes
Flash Included yes
Flash x-sync capability / modification yes yes
Hot-shoe / sync cable kit yes yes
Hand-made “Gordy’s” camera strap yes
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


Your Polaroid Color Pack Camera

  • Original Polaroid book
  • 25 pages, full color guide
  • 30 Picture-taking ideas


All of our cameras are BUILT TO ORDER. Depending on current order volume,  camera orders can take up to three weeks to ship.

We will email you with an estimated ship date within two days of placing your order