The Decades TV Network recently put out a video detailing the history of the camera. For a while, the consumer versions dominated the scene. These versions had two ISO settings: 100 and 600. Otherwise, you couldn’t change anything at all with the camera’s output. However, there was a return to the professional options: and one of them was the Polaroid 185 though the Polaroid 190 is probably one of the more famous options.
The Polaroid 100 is maybe the most famous consumer oriented version of the camera, though finding one in good condition is tough to do. You see, if you go to a thrift shop and see one, a rep will probably tell you that the camera didn’t use batteries and doesn’t need them. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The consumer cameras all had batteries. In some cases, the previous owners left them in the camera and the batteries exploded–therefore causing damage to the camera. So you usually have to get some sort of conversion done.
But then there are other problems with the wiring and the light meter not working. In fact, finding one in good condition should really be done in person if you’re going to purchase one. Plus, you should check the bellows to ensure that they’re perfectly in tact and that the rangefinder seems accurate.
Polaroid also had a lens filter set for the camera. UV filters are very necessary and sometime the lens hood or the warming filter may be useful.
Unfortunately, the film designed to be used in these cameras isn’t being made anymore. But you can still pick up Fujifilm 100C or Fujifilm 3000B if you can get your hands on them. Hopefully Florian Kaps gets it revived.