Iconic in its own right, the Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 100 ushered the era of Polaroid’s 100-series instant pack film.
Produced from 1963 until 1966, the Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 100 is the first model in the 100-400 folding rangefinder series made by the Polaroid Corporation. It is the first mass-produced camera to feature an electronic shutter, and it is also the first Polaroid camera to use pack film.
Lens: 3-element glass lens (114mm, f/8.8)
Shutter: Electronic; 10 seconds – 1/1200
Viewfinder: Projected framelines and automatic parallax compensation
Separate window view/rangefinder assembly
Aperture-priority automatic exposure only
Settings for film speeds of 75, 150, 300, and 3000 ASA.
“Scene selector” switch which gives choice of two different aperture settings for each film speed setting; lens can be used at full aperture with 3000 ASA film.
Exposure compensation dial with range of -1/+2 stops (“Lighten/Darken” control).
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Boasting tack-sharp images and dependability with its mechanical features, it’s no wonder that the Vivitar 35ES has quite a fan following. Learn more about this 35mm rangefinder in this installment of Lomopedia.