Yay, I fixed the little annoying light leak I discovered post beta testing in the RZ67 Polaroid back and I am now resuming shipping, the first two orders are out the door on July 5th!
Also resuming work on the RB67 nextgen backs, shipping order 3 of 7 (first batch) on Wednesday as well, and with a little luck, even 4 of 7.
All remaining first batch orders should ship by end of next week (July 14th).
All orders have to be be pushed back about 1 week beyond the initial 2 week lead time, apologies.
I am fixing a potential light leak on the RZ backs and fixing a wiring issue on the RB backs.
I have finished the prototype. You can see and test this at Polacon NYC this weekend.
Will be taking preorders after Polacon NYC, assuming successful testing!
That’s all folks!
For those waiting for a Polaroid Back for their RZ67, based on available Polaroid hardware, the wait is almost over. I have received the first shipment of laser cut metal lock rings and currently printing the final version of the adapter top. With a bit of luck, I will have a working prototype this weekend, and will bring it to Polacon NYC for a few lucky people to test.
To reiterate, this will have a dark slide, automatic one button eject, and on off button, and will function on 4 AAA (replaceable) batteries
Head out to the RB67 Polaroid back page in the Candy Store and snap the last available Impossible Lab Based Polaroid Back for Mamiya RB67!
Yes I know I’ve said I’m discontinuing these before, but low and behold, I keep finding Impossible Labs for reasonable price and I make another one. But as I said before, the base for the product is old, long discontinued and rarely available at a decent price. So if i find another decently priced Impossible Lab, I’ll make another back based on it, and I will continue making conversion kits as long as there’s a demand.
All that being said and as promised, I have now finished two working prototypes of the new version of the Polaroid Backs for Mamyia RB67. They have functional dark slides, they run on 4AAA batteries, and the eject is one touch automatic. There’s also an on/off switch. Are these “better” than the Impossible Lab based ones? Functionally they are absolutely identical. The IP lab version has built in rechargeable battery, this runs on AAA. That’s the only real difference. What will be different is the price. The IP Lab version is (now) $340 plus shipping options (conus/canada is still free shipping), the “new” version will be more expensive. How much? I don’t know yet. There’s significant more work to make these and I have to source a laser cut dark slide and new electronics. Official launch is still a few weeks away.
What about the RZ version I keep talking about. I took the next logical step and bought a (broken) RZ body to move to the next stage. I am now confident I have a working dark slide solution (already tested on the RB version), and enough backfocus to make the mating connectors part. Eta? I don’t know. Two months? Maybe sooner.
Just to reiterate, all these backs take available integral Polaroid film, as in itype, type600 or SX70. They do not work with instax film.