An interesting phenomenon that occurs in many Polaroid Automatic Land Cameras over the years is what is commonly known as “Dark Print Syndrome”. For some reason, this seems to impact the 200 Series Land Cameras the most. The author has read all kinds of theories, including a capacitor in the exposure circuit that changes tolerance over time, to a couple of trim potentiometers that regulate shutter timing. In any event, I have found that sometimes you do, in dark environments, turn the L/D adjustment up a notch. Polaroid photography does amazing things in light, as long as you are mindful of the limitations of the electric eye. For example, if you expose in direct sunlight, chances are you have no image on your print. But if done peoperly, the results can be spectacular. This weekend, I played with some color photography. The 268 Flashgun was used, and the L/D adjustment turned one notch towards lighten. Here is my son, putting together a Curious George puzzle-
This one was taken in the morning, using only available light, from my bay window in the living room belind me. This one with the Fuji 3000 speed B&W material, and Dad’s 230-
Personally, I love the way these cameras expose. But I would love to hear from others, particularly those who have shot with the same camera(s) maybe since the 60’s or 70’s, and have noticed a gradual darkening in exposure over the years.