When I was writing the ‘my story’ page, I mentioned a Boots own brand camera that I had owned when I was a kid. I searched Google for a photograph of it and an eBay auction came up showing a 401F model. I’m not exactly sure which model I owned, but the 401F looked very familiar and so I put in a bid. A few days later I won the camera, complete with it’s original case, for £4.95 including postage! Bargain!
Unfortunately, when it arrived, I couldn’t get it to do anything. The seller had described the camera as ‘good working order’ but they were obviously telling porkies. Turns out one of the battery connections was caked in rust, but thankfully I managed to clean it with some alcohol and got it working again.
I’ve since ordered an expired (2004) Kodak Gold 36 exposure film and I can’t wait to start taking pics. I’m definitely going to have to stick black electrical tape over the flash because you can’t turn it off, but I don’t mind. It’s all part of the fun!
The camera specifications include:
1) Battery compartment for two AA batteries*
2) Film compartment for 35mm film
3) Basic viewfinder
4) 34mm f4 auto focus lens
5) Shutter button
6) Film rewind button
*Powers the flash and winds the film