No doubt about it....Polaroids are back with a vengeance. Whether for display as Vintage "Bellows type" cameras or "The Resurgence of Art Deco Style in the 60's," Polaroids are in great demand. There's even a large number of people using certain models for several practical applications (like film emulsions and actual, instant, hard copy prints) since Fuji in Japan took over the production of film after Polaroid discontinued that division of it's company in 2008/2009.
If you're taking the time to view this item and read this description you are surely aware of the above info. What you may NOT be aware of is that there's a HUGE market out there quietly but VERY busily bustling along and I wasn't really aware of it until I went looking. What I found was, that after many months of viewing, watching, recording prices and tracking thousands and thousands of old Polaroid's on eBay and the Internet in general, that at any given time, just on eBay alone, you will find approximately 18,000 or more items when you search "Polaroid" and 7,000 or more will come up when you put in "Polaroid Camera." Typically, there are on average, 2,100 items that will come up in a search for "Vintage" cameras under Polaroid and while not ALL sell at the listed prices, I can assure you, many HUNDREDS change hands on eBay every week.
If you spend some time shopping around you'll find that almost universally, sellers of these cameras (The pre-1977 "I" specialize in anyway) will all say almost the same thing verbatim:
"I didn't test it to see if it's working because I don't have film or batteries" or "Untested. AS-IS."
You'll find plenty of "I don't know anything about cameras but feel free to ask questions" and similar disclaimers.
For the most part, I'd say 90% or more are designated as "No returns" by the seller so if U get stuck with a lemon, too darn bad for you.
Well, that's not gonna happen here!
Unless otherwise noted as "For display purposes only," ALL the cameras I sell in my eBay store are in perfect working condition and clean too! While many collectors who display these items don't care if the item functions, it seems to be popular with many buyers to have one that WOULD work if you wanted it to.
The autoexposure packfilm cameras can be broken down into three categories according to battery type:
The Model 100, 101, 102, 220, 225, 230, 240, 250, and 340 use one No. 531 (4.5 volt) alkaline battery.
The 103, 104, 125, 135, 210, 215, 315, 320, 330, 420, 430, 440, M60, and Countdown 70 all use one No. 532 (3 volt) alkaline battery. The 335, 350, 360, 450, M80, and Countdown 90 use two No. 532 batteries, one of which is used for the built-in electronic development timer (and which can be omitted if the development timer feature isn't needed or desired).
All the rigid plastic cameras and 'new style' folding pack cameras such as the EE100, EE100 Special, ProPack & The Reporter use two standard 'AA' cells. ...Well, except for the ('fixed' exposure) Big Shot, which doesn't use batteries at all.
Batteries are still available for all models that work with the 4.5 Volt battery and they cost under 10 bux each with shipping. You can find them on eBay as a matter of fact.
The 3.0 volt batteries are also available on the Internet and I will provide the buyer with the info since eBay doesn't permit me to list their website. They cost $8.95 +$1.99 shipping.
As I previously mentioned, Fuji now makes film for the majority of the models in the line of folding cameras with Roll film and Packfilm. There ARE some exceptions such as the Model 110 (1952-57), 110A (1957-60) & 110B (1960-64) A.K.A "The Pathfinder" that need some sort of conversion to use modern film but that's a hard to find model and 110's go for a lot of dough. I've never even owned one and I stock & sell almost every model from 1948-77.
I purchased two large groups of cameras in private deals not long ago and have a nice stock of Vintage Polaroids with most models (that have bellows) represented plus a smattering of others.
One group was the inventory of a retiring camera dealer and the other was a personal collection of an older gentleman. He really liked these cool, older cameras that seem to trigger much nostalgia in those that remember when these cameras were current during the 2nd half of the 20th Century. Both sellers were vehement about having cameras that are completely functional so I am guaranteeing that these cameras for sale DO work if that's why you are buying it. Full refund including original shipping is offered to back that up or a replacement if I have one in stock. Buyer's choice.
Now, onto the item at hand......
Part of the series of Polaroid cameras that began with the Automatic Land Camera 100 and finishing at the Automatic Land Camera 450, this camera shares a common set of features with all models in this line:
* Folding Bellows
* Automatic Exposure
* 100-series Packfilm
Cameras in nice shape and fully checked-out usually sell on eBay for between $30.00 and $45.00 for this particular model. With all the interest in vintage cameras these days these old "bellows" style cameras are very popular for display purposes.
This camera would make a great addition to a Vintage Camera Collection or for a film hobbyist.
I took this to a major camera retailer and repair center in a nearby town recently that's been in biz for over 3 generations to have it checked out and the manager himself did the inspection. He said all features were working and it's in very nice condition too! Just add a fresh battery and film and you're ready to go!
Here some pertinent info regarding this product:
Produced: 1969-1971 / Original Retail: $59.95
Estimated Production: 710,000 - (900,000)
Similar to Model 210, except:
- Has separate window view/rangefinder. (rigid; doesn't "flip-up")
Collector's Note: There's usually 15-20 or more of this model on eBay for sale in varying conditions at any one time. Finding one that is clean and works is likely a 1 in 3 shot.
||75 (color), 3000 (b&w)
||1/1200 to 10 sec |
Removable hinged plastic cover protects entire front of camera when camera is not in use.
This camera uses 3x4 instant pack film. (Polaroid: 664, 665, 667, 669, 690 & Fuji: FP-100C, FP-100, FP-100B, FP-3000B).
This camera is in excellent condition and comes with the original owners manual.
Please see the photo's for a view of all angles.
Rest assured I will pack the item securely and mail it the day after payment is received
or the same day if I can manage it . Buy it now at a reasonable $40.00 and buyer pays $10.75 for Shipping with Delivery Confirmation & Tracking #. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. Payment is by PayPal. Any other questions, please email me.