instantphoto.eu Polaroid Big Shot and National PW 110 flash adapter
When I came across a Polaroid Big Shot in good condition, the famous Andy Warhol camera,
freshly put on Ebay, buy now, for very little money, I had to buy it.
There was a flash Polaroid 268 as a gift coming with it, not
compatible, but always welcome. The Big Shot can't be used without
flash and it has to be Magicubes, which have a guide number of 25
(Philips) or 32 (Osram).* There is more information on flash bulbs at
the end of the page.
Remained flash question, Magicubes being
quite expensive and rare. I knew that there was a rare gem, the
National PW-110 adapter, but I couldn't get my hands on it until now
for a reasonable price. After searching the web in English, I tried to
do it in French. Nothing either. 2 hours later one last attempt in
German. And what do I get? A PW-110 in France, brand new, never served,
at 4,90€. I placed the order, I didn't really believe it, but I
received the confirmation.
After delivery I've tested
everything, all fine, the PW-110 is doing its job. I put it in the
place of a Magicube. It's got a hot shoe, you can put any flash in it.
Mine has on the picture a guide number of 25. I put it in full flash,
without electronic adjustment. I left darken/lighten in middle position
and it's well lit. I tested with fuji 100b a little outdated.
So here are the photos :
The big shot, the incompatible flash and the National PW-110
The rare gem, the National PW-110 adapter
The big shot with flash
And the picture taken, it's one of my favorit Polaroid cameras.
There is a second page about other Magicube replacement possibilities.
* Some more information about the guide numbers of flash bulbs:
Flashcubes 25 Magicubes 25 or 32 (Philips gives 25, Osram 32, Sylvana doesn't indicate) Hi-Power cubes 34 blue bulbs (AG-1b or PF-1b) 40 white bulbs (PF-1 or M3) 65