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This a very special gear, the Polaroid MicroCam. It allows to make photos from a standard microscope. As it's a SLR camera, you get what you see on your photo. The specs are:

- the lens is the equivalent of a 10x eyepiece
- optically corrected glass lenses
- single lens reflex viewing
- automatic exposure range 1/60s to 16 min.
- manual exposure up to 10h (!)
- automatic color correction filtration for tungsten or tungsten/halogen light sources
- exposure control (lighten/darken) is +/- 4 stops in 1/3 stop increments.
- full field averaging l
ight meter
LED display shows camera functions (choice of 6 languages)

The camera uses a special format, 330 film, image size 10.2 x 7.2 cm, no longer available. As it's a kind of extra large 600 film, (7.9 x 7.9 cm), you can put 600 film into an empty 330 cartridge by carefully aligning it to the ejection slit side (left, if you look at the cartridge from above). 600 film is just as long as 330 film, it's only less wide. Do not forget to put a dark slide if you don't want to waste one photo. As 600 film is 600 ISO, 339 film setting works fine. The 330 film types were: 331: 400 ISO B&W, 337: 3200 ISO B&W, 339: 640 ISO colour.

Most MicroCams were delivered with a converter 12 volt to 120 volt, so if you live in Europe, pay attention to not plug it into 230 volt without another converter. But any 12 volt to 230 volt converter of 1.3 A would do. The 12 volt plug is standard and easy to find. The camera needs a stable power supply, otherwise it will complain.

Some pictures:

The Polaroid MicroCam. Film compartment on top, LCD screen and panel, eyepiece and shutter release.

Seen from the back. You have to lift the eyepiece from your microscope and fix the MicroCam on the tube instead.

Side view.


LCD screen.