BTS: Photog Shows Off Modified Polaroid Capable of Shooting 4×5 Instant Film

Photographer Alastair Bird recently came across a modified Polaroid camera that is capable of shooting 4×5 instant film. So, naturally, he put it to work!

Mostly discontinued, but still acquirable thanks to FujiFilm, 4×5 Instant film is a rare breed to come by. But Bird got his hands on a nice stockpile and created the above video, which shows him using the modified Polaroid in a studio setting.


As with most experimental photography, Bird’s endeavors didn’t come without some failures. As he explained to The Phoblographer:

Using the camera was quite a challenge — if you notice at one point I’m shooting and the dark slide is in — whoops. Those shots didn’t turn out too well. But what I find is that when I really challenge myself with my equipment, it’s always amazing what I get and it is worth the effort.

The video comes in at five and a half minutes, so give it a watch. Whether it’s information or inspiration you come away with, it won’t at all be time wasted. And if you’re still curious when you’re done, head over to The Phoblographer to read the rest of their interview with Bird.

(via The Phoblographer)

  • Pablo Z

    I dont see it bigger than the classic FP100C, he should’ve put and example of regular size vs 4×5.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    That Fuji 4×5 is pretty much everywhere. Hell, one trip to ebay will give you a stockpile for a lifetime.

  • docholliday666

    Uh, that’s not 4×5 – it’s FP100C (MF)…and, the Impossible Project makes a lot of film for it. If it was shooting 4×5, there’s be a different back on it, the 545 – which then you’d shoot something cool like Type 55 in it so you could scan the negs. Just because there’s a LF lens with 4×5 image circle coverage does not make it 4×5. Article: fail.

  • 1ds mark4

    This guy doesn’t have a clue what he is talking about! 4×5? Flash sync on lens? A camera your great grand father had???(70 years ago there was no polaroid). Why is there more and more morons on petapixel who think they are clever enough to spread their stupidity and ignorance as a wisdom? These cameras are everywhere, they are called Polaroid 110 A od B’s, and they can take pack film or 4×5 film, or both, depending on the back and modification done to them. It is a great disservice to an otherwise great website as PetaPixel to allow A**holes like this guy to pretend they know something they don’t.

  • tttulio

    This has been done for the past 20 years at least. but this guy is NOT it. that is a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4. Here is the real 4×5 Polaroid 110B conversion.×5/

  • Anomouse

    This is why I removed PetaPixel’s bookmark, only one out of ten stories is any sort of news.

  • Opie

    Haha, thank you. I would have said the same thing but the crowd you speak of is not particularly fond of being reminded how little they know. I guess I’ll let you take the brunt this time (just remember, the knowledgeable users of this site agree with you, even if they do so silently).