Unmounting the lens from old Poloroid 101A?

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I have a old Poloroid 101a with the 127 Rodenstock Ysuarx in a Prontor shutter but I just cannot figure out how to unmount it from the camera (without destroying the darn thing). Can someone clue me in? Once I can get it off I think I need to order a lensboard with a Copol 0 but again Im not sure. Thanks for any help.

-- bill zelinski (willy226@yahoo.com), April 25, 2000


If it's anything like the lens on the Kodak juniorII, then the lens is held on with a retaining ring like any other lens for LF, hope this helps.

-- David Kirk (David_J_Kirk@hotmail.com), April 26, 2000.

Bill: I removed the lens from a 110 series Poloroid and it wasn't too big a job. Open the back with the bellows collapsed and see if there sn't a retaining ring to hold the lens on. You may have to remove a linkage or two. I believe if you remove the retaining ring you will be able to see what else needs to be disconnected. The 127 Ysarex is a darn good lens...nice and sharp and contrasty.

-- Doug Paramore (dougmary@alanet.com), April 26, 2000.

I's probably none of my business, but I bet your camera is worth a lot more WITH the lens than without it. Even if you don't want to pay to have it converted to modern pack film use, a company like Four designs will buy it from you. I don't have their URL handy but have seen their site --- they buy 110A Polaroids, convert it to use modern pack film. These are very handy to check flash exposure, lighting ratios, etc.

A good 135mm Symmar for your view camera can be had for about $200.00 - This will cover 4x5 with movements - a 127mm Xenar or Optar (with smaller image circle) is much less. I recently bought a 127mm Xenar in Linhof shutter for a press camera. Mint shape with front cap, it cost a little over $100.00.

-- gleep (gleepw@hotmail.com), April 26, 2000.

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