When Polaroid discontinued the Professional series of Land Cameras after the original 195, there was a void in the market. Polaroid sought to fill this with the Mamiya Universal redux, the 600se. While highly customizable with removable lenses and film backs, the camera is quite large, heavy and awkward as a hand-held camera. While for the studio photographer the 600se was a fantastic upgrade, there was still the segment of the market that needed a lighter, more compact instant camera. Several other companies attempted to fill the void, Fuji with the Fotorama fp-1 and Konica with the Instant Press. With limited availability, they never really reached a critical mass to be recognized as an option for customers. One notable entrant into this segment was NPC (National Polaroid Corporation). They produced a series of hand milled, aluminum and stainless all manual folding camera directly inspired by the original Land Camera body. Elegant, and understated this durable camera was soon picked up by Polaroid and several versions were released under the Polaroid name as limited editions.
A standout feature of the NPC 195 is its rangefinder. With a the split Yellow and Blue overlay it makes focusing much easier than the original designs from the 1960’s and 70’s that Polaroid used.
With a fixed lens, the Leaf shutter lenses allowing flash sync up to 1/500 second and uses standard 3.25 x 4.25″ Fuji FP pack film.
This now classic camera has become a collectors item no doubt, But its high quality build and functionality make it just as usable as it ever was. The example we have in stock is pristine, flawless. It is the original NPC version, not Polaroid branded. It also includes the original lens cap.