Fairchild F-296

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The Fairchild F-296 Oscillograph Camera was based on a Polaroid Land Camera Model 95 of 1957. Introduced in 1958, the Fairchild F-296 allowed to take photographs of cathode-ray tube oscillograph displays.[1] To ensure rigidity, the bellows of the Polaroid camera were surrounded by a protective frame, which fit onto a lens cone that covered the display. The camera took type 40-Series Land Picture Rollfilm (3 1/4" x 4 1/4").[2].

The camera was fitted with a specially designed Wollensak Oscillo-Anastigmat 75mm f/1.9 set in a Wollensak Alphax shutter. The lens was computed to take images of a convex oscilloscope and render them correctly on a flat film plane.


  1. Documented body serial numbers: Fairchild sn #58-153 / Polaroid sn #BB03338 (Flickr);
  2. Landlist