Originally Posted by Evil Abed
Here's an interesting non-clothing ebay question...
Bought a polaroid camera I've been looking for for a long time. Seller stated that it works great, and even included the rest of the film in the camera, along with a little shitty tripod that I'll be donating. I even messaged him first to make sure it worked well. (also the bottom of the camera has a sticker stating that it had been reconditioned to new operating standards/carried full warranty back when it was repaired). Link to auction
So I got it yesterday, fired it up, and the shutter fired/flash popped, but the picture didn't spit out at all. I try this a couple times. Open the door to the film area, and it looks sort of jammed. So I put the film back in its place and kept trying. Eventually I figured it was a battery issue. For those that don't know, the battery pack is in the film cartridge. So I had an empty film cart, went in a dark room and by hand swapped each unexposed shot into the other cartridge. I installed it and shot some pics... It works better (the pictures spit out the front) but it's still really sluggish and not dependable very dependable at all. Takes probably 3x as long as usual for the picture to spit out.
Now, I have stockpiled polaroid film, so I could install a fresh pack that should have 0 issues and a great battery, but the film is scarce and expensive these days (the real stuff, not impossible project). Do I use another pack to verify that the previous issues were just anomalies, at the expense of using up some of my resources? Or do you think I should punt and ask for a return (seller states no returns, but it's backed by ebay etc).
Have any of the leftover film left? If so, swap them back into the cartridge the seller sent, place the cartridge into another camera you have that uses that film (whether sx-70 or 600). Then see if it works well from there.
Are the rollers clean? Maybe they are a little gummed up causing some resistance - this would be my guess. Any corrosion way in the back of the film compartment?
BTW, that Minolta for that price is insane, nice find. IMHO well worth paying to have CLA'd