Bent rollers?

Discussion in 'Alternative Techniques & Photo Gallery' started by PlasticSpanner, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. PlasticSpanner

    PlasticSpanner TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 1, 2005
    Messages:
    4,125
    Likes Received:
    51
    Location:
    Cheshire, England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I'm having a problem with a Polaroid 340.

    It takes the photos fine but when I pull out the film the paper tab tears off so I have to "fish" for the film to get the remainder out! When it's developed the sides are fine but the centre 1/3 doesn't look developed enough.

    I suspect the rollers may be bent or maybe too tight together?

    Is there a way to get the opened film pack out without exposing it to light and can I adjust the rollers for tension?

    Many thanks for any help.:thumbup:
     
  2. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2003
    Messages:
    25,317
    Likes Received:
    2,082
    Location:
    In the mental ward of this forum
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Have you inspected those rollers? They could be dirty, and dirty rollers can cause all kinds of problems, including unevenly developed prints.

    Once you've popped in a film pack, I don't think there's a way to remove it and then reload without compromising the rest of the exposures. I'm not familiar with that model so I could be wrong.
     
  3. PlasticSpanner

    PlasticSpanner TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 1, 2005
    Messages:
    4,125
    Likes Received:
    51
    Location:
    Cheshire, England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks for the reply Terri. I finally got this problem all sorted out at the weekend.

    I cleaned the rollers and inside of the camera completely and even checked the rollers on my lathe with a dial test guage to make sure they were straight! Looked on the Polaroid website and google for an answer and all I could find was bent & dirty rolles being the culprit!

    Unfotunately there isn't a way to save the remaining 2 exposures in the film pack so they were lost to the big bright light! :lol:

    Finally I was flicking through a 1974 Time Life photography book called light & colour (part of a set I picked up at auction with other camera "junk"! ) and came across a picture demonstrating the Polaroid peel apart film and how it worked in the camera. The answer was staring me right in the face, I had loaded the film wrong!:blushing:

    My paper tab was going through the rollers first & dragging the next tag through along with the film! A fresh pack of film properly loaded has now produced 3 excellent test shots! :biggrin:

    BTW Don't you just love the smell of the developer in these peel apart films! :D
     
  4. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2003
    Messages:
    25,317
    Likes Received:
    2,082
    Location:
    In the mental ward of this forum
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    bahahahaha!! Don't ya just love it when it all comes down to "operator error"? ;)

    Seriously GLAD there's nothing wrong with the P-cam, though. :thumbup: I really will have to get another one, just because they're so beautifully made. I really miss being able to shoot Time Zero through my SX-70. :(

    All my use of Polaroid now is through the Daylab film pack holders. But yeah....I DO love the smell of the developer from those peel-apart films! :lol:
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
adjust sx70 polaroid roller
,
adjusting rollers on sx70
,
adjusting rollers sx-70
,

how to tighten polaroid rollers

,
how to tighten rollers polaroid sx 70
,
polaroid uneven rollers
,
pressure polaroid rollers
,
sx 70 roller adjustment
,

sx-70 bent rollers

,
sx70 roller pressure