Item 2018. - Polaroid Colorpack III Camera

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Polaroid Colorpack III Camera

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  • 1970-1971 (Manufacturing)
    Polaroid Corporation
    United Kingdom

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1 piece of photographic equipment : camera ; approx 14 x 16.5 x 13 cm

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Item is a Polaroid instant camera with a plastic body and wrist strap, originally retailing for $24.95 and now usually retails for around $20. It comes with a manual. Similar to the Colorpack IV, it borrows heavily from the Colorpack II with the addition of a mechanical timer and a focusing aid(missing on cameras of this model sold outside North America). Just as in Colorpack II, electronic shutter with speeds that vary from about 1/500 to 10 sec and aperture control setting are fixed for 75 and 3000 speed films. There is a built-in flashcube socket, with the flashcube automatically rotating after each exposure and a "face sizer" focusing aid for 5 ft. setting. The lens is 114mm, f/9.2 3-element plastic, marking it is a being produced later; certain models had a glass lens. Photos are once again exposed automatically. Serial number is CHB132GA.

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Good condition

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The collection was donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Ken Van Velzer in 2018


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POLAROID (Land Camera) - POLAROID COLORPACK III. Retrieved from; Packfilm Cameras. Retrieved from; Polaroid: Colorpack III. Retrieved from

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