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 light meter - LED display shows camera functions (choice of 6 languages)
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
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.
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.