January 26, 2008 - 6 comments

Polaroid Automatic Land Camera Model 440 Gift

A few months ago a Polaroid Automatic Land Camera Model 440 landed on my porch courtesy of my next door neighbor.

She knows I have a thing for Polaroid so she just gave it to me.

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It's in great condition.

Investigation about this camera model just started and from what little information I was able to gather online, the Model 440 made its debut in 1971 and takes Polaroid 664, 665, 667, 669 and 690 instant pack film. Excellent.

The next steps include the following:

-- Purchase a copy of the manual

-- Buy a new 3V #532 battery or make modifications á la Carlos Hernandez.

-- Clean the rollers (with a cloth and warm water)

-- Test with film

There is also a bonus. A pair of Lentar Polaroid lenses were included: a wide angle and a telephoto. At the moment, I'm clueless about how to interchange lenses and looking forward to playing around after some serious cleaning. Whew - the dust!

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Results to be posted soon. And, once I get a copy of the manual, I'll make a pdf available to anyone else interested in having one.

Update 2.11.2008:

Manual has been purchased and is on the way.

Update 3.27.2008:

Here's a link to the Polaroid 440/Polaroid 450 Manual. (This link has been updated. I relocated online services and the manual is now linked properly — 2.22.2013)

Note: Some pages I didn't bother including since some of Polaroid's initial offerings are now obsolete. Enjoy the 440 or 450. The Fuji still manufactures a film (Fujifilm FP-100c) that can be used with these cameras.

Enjoy!

Published by: dpdavis in Photography

Comments

Kathy
June 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Thank you so much for scanning your 440/450 manual. It has really helped me along with getting to know the camera itself!

Deb
June 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Hi Kathy,
You are so welcome. Would love to see the photos you make sometime:-)

Cherra
June 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Hello,

Do you happen to have any additional details on the lenses (like an model number, etc.)? I would love to track some down for my 440.

Deb
June 30, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Hi Cherra,
The only marking on the lenses I have other than distance settings is “Lentar Wideangle Lens for Polaroid Camera and Lentar Telephoto Lens for Polaroid Camera”. Both are Made in Japan.

The manual lists a cloud filter (#516) that is listed as an accessory, but no mention of other lenses.

I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful at this time. If I find additional information, I’ll post here.

Toni
June 3, 2009 at 7:30 am

are u willing to sell the camera, of so how much, please contact me at tonidatiger1986@yahoo.com thank you

Kelly Bennett
August 9, 2009 at 2:35 am

I have one of these left to me from my grandfather..I have the manual, the flash cube and even film for it….Its in brand new condition…….Anybody interested in purchasing it ?

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