The Polaroid 110 is a very strong and good camera from the 50’s-60’s using Polaroid rollfilm which is discontinued a long time ago. User manual. (Just replace the film part with 4×5 filmholders). The camera sports a reasonably good 127mm f/4.7 Rodenstock Ysarex lens in a Prontor SVS shutter, speeds 1-1/300 plus Bulb . The lens covers 4×5″. Parallax corrected viewfinder and a coupled rangefinder. Thus it’s a good candidate for conversion to a 4×5 point&shoot range finder.
Polaroid 110B (single window) side by side with Polaroid 110A (dual windows)
This conversion also fits well with the more affordable dual window seeker and rangefinder Polaroid 110A, where most other Polaroid 110 to 4×5 conversions are based on the more expensive single window combined seeker and rangefinder Polaroid 110B (or a 110A with a rangefinder taken from a Polaroid 900, i.e. two cameras to make one). They do that in order capture the full 4×5 frame on the negative by putting the film plane further up and back, thus it would be blocking the Polaroid 110A viewfinder and rangefinder. Thus this conversion lacks approximately 5 mm of the full 4×5 negative, in my view a reasonable tradeoff to use the Polaroid 110A. You still have a BIG negative ?
See user review below!
The Polaroid 110 conversion into accepting a standard 4×5″ double-sided filmholder and now Grafmatic´s has for the purpose of (hopefully some) clarity and structure been broken into several pages:
- Introduction, showing the final results and tips on inspecting a candidate for conversion, including rangefinder.
- Bill of Materials (BOM) required for the conversion.
- Film back (destructive) preparations.
- Film back assembly and mounting to the camera body.
- Infinity stop replacement.
- Rangefinder adjustment.
Or download the instructions as a pdf:
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Feedback from a user for whom I converted a Polaroid 110A and two Polaroid 110B.
Morten’s Conversion Polaroid 110 A and B brings the best of both worlds together.
I worked with large format photography in the studio and also in the field. Dark cloth, ground glass, magnifying glass, and heavy tripods were part of working with large format cameras.
With this Conversion Polaroid carrying heavy equipment is a thing of the past.
Street photography is another creative field I’m working in and rangefinder cameras were always my go-to gear.
That’s the point where this conversion brings a considerable step in handling and quality for me – you can shoot in a natural street-photographer style and still get a large format negative as a result.
I worked with both cameras: the 110A has an enjoyable large viewfinder for focussing – similar to a Leica IIIg (two separate finders for focussing and framing). A very convenient feature on the A is that if you forgot taking off the lens cap, you can’t release the shutter because the camera is locked.
This feature is not included in the B model. Also the A model is half the price of the B. If money is less of a concern the B model gives you the all-in-one-finder. With the B model you can shoot like with a modern M-Leica and the result is a large format negative. All other features on A and B are the same.Thank you Morten, for giving us photographers a useful tool and thousands of working cameras a new purpose.