Polaroid Highlander Instant Film Camera Model 80a


donation to my camera collection, thanks Angie and Mikeintroduced 1959

Lens: 100mm f/8.8, 3-element glass
Shutter: 2-speed rotary-leaf design with speeds of 1/25th of a second and 1/100 of a second, plus bulb
Flash: M-sync via Polaroid “hot shoe
Exposure set by Polaroid Light Value scale. (Standard EV scale on 80A and 80B).
Rigid viewfinder on top of camera.
Distance focus by rotating lens front-element.
Self-erecting bellows design.
Steel body painted gray for model 80, brown – 80A & 80B.
Most (but not all) model 80’s have chrome plated trim, especially noticeable on the lens ring. Some model 80’s and all 80A and 80B have polished steel trim.

used Type 30 film

Polaroid Highlander manual
Polaroid Highlander manual
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folding reflector, great for portrait lighting and archaeology too


Making light work for you is the photograher’s struggle and there is a tool that more people should try out. A number of manufacturers make a folding light reflector that might be of considerable help in getting more light on to your photographic subject, both sunlight and bouncing electronic flash light.  Certainly for field work enough gear is already on archaeologists’s backs but this folding reflector is small when folded and light in weight.  The model shown in the following photos is very useful and quite large when unfolded.  The biggest hurdle is learning the slight trick to refold it and get it back into its case.  The circular reflector has a wire in the perimeter.  I bought mine a few years ago for about $40.  One side is silver and the reverse is white.

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two shots of me – you can see which one had the reflector balancing out the light