So I managed to shoot two short videos on how to first disassemble an Impossible Lab then how to convert it into a Polaroid Back using one of my conversion kits!
Watch the Impossible Lab Disassembly howto
Then watch the Polaroid Back conversion howto!
So after getting inquiries from several instant media photographers on FB groups, I managed to get off my but and redesign the Instant Lab conversion kit to fit the Polaroid 600SE connectors!
It only took a week of design and drafts, but it’s now officially on the market and available, at the same price at the kits/backs for the MUP/RB67.
A word of caution, just as using these on Mamiya Universal Press cameras, because of the camera eyepiece, the converted Impossible Labs need to be mounted with the eject slot down.
This means the photos will have the chemistry on top. And of course, like with all these conversions, they’ll still be mirror imaged left-right.
Also, just it’s the case with MUPs, the same eyepiece prevents the dark slide removal once the back is attached, so one need to take the dark slide out beforehand. This is unfortunate, but alas, the limitation of the conversion.
I am working on an alternate location for the dark slide for this, but cannot promise anything at the moment…
So go ahead, order one!
And an update to my update from yesterday!
I have tested the Impossible Lab with the replaced battery and everything seems to be in order. By tested I mean I turned it into a Polaroid Back for my RB67 and shot some test shots, everything seems to be fine!
Will be adding the battery replacement to the Candy Store shortly!
This will also be available as an optional upgrade to any complete Polaroid Back I’m selling!
Just a quick note with projects currently in the works:
- a instax wide back based on Fuji 300W, slimmer, and possibly slim enough to maintain the Polaroid 600SE / MUP film distance. At the minimum, this will allow me to use Polaroid 100a/120 for the instax wide mods. This will also be a manual back, not motorized, operated by a single hand crank. About 15% completion (I have figured out one of the masks).
- a Polaroid 600SE kit for the Impossible Labs. This is still in conceptual phase, it’s not hard in principle, but have not taken the time to replace the claws in my existing kit. With some luck, prototype expected by August 30th.
- a battery replacement for the Impossible Labs! I have found a replacement battery requiring minimum modifications to the Impossible Labs and already made the switch, it charges and holds a good charge. Completed 50%, as in have yes modded the lab to be used as a polaroid instant back, the only way I test these now. Test expected by Wednesday August 26th
- An instax square back for Hasseblad series V. This is my most ambitious project to date (and I actually went ahead and purchased a Hasseblad 500CM just to be able to test these). Really looking for a solution that would require the least destruction to the instax square support, and I believe I have found one, but the cost will be substantial, as is based on very expensive Fiber Optic Plate to move the focal plane enough to allow an elegant motorized solution. (may also be able to maintain the automatic timed eject). I have just obtained the necessary Fiber Optic Plate (at a crazy price). Any working solution will be priced around $700 and that will barely cover the materials (as of now). Completion stage is about 10%, as in I have the materials and have opened the support and can do a manual motorized eject (a button pressed to eject). Earliest estimate for completion of a working prototype is end of September 2020.
So I managed to add two products to the page and setup the shop!
You can now read details on the Polaroid Back for Mamiya Universal Press /RB67 and on the Polaroid 110B with Instax Wide Back!
Head out to the Magic page to read about these and then to the Candy Store and buy one!