|plastikcam.com Renault Focus Free Disposable Camera + How to open and reload
is a so-called disposable camera, it's a standard model with flash,
sometimes still available. This one was offered by the Renault company
its clients, to use in case of an accident. It's a simple plastic focus
free camera plus a set of useful accessories. It had originally thin
blue cardboard around its black housing with le logo of the Renault
company. After taking all the pictures, the whole camera goes to
the processing lab, they crack it open and the body is disposed. That's
why the film is prespooled, film advance winds it back into the
cartridge. At the end of the page you will find some hints how to open the camera and how to reload. The camera is
very small and light.
main features are:
angle plastic lens, 12 exp., focus free, 1m-∞
Size 105 x 55 x 33, Weight 113 gr
photos of the camera:
Small pouch to be kept in the glove compartment in case of
As said above, the camera had originally thin blue cardboard around its black housing with le logo of the Renault company.
A set of useful accessories: a piece of chalk to mark things on the tarmac, a pen, a tape measure in cm and inches, Renault emergency numbers and an accedent report form.
Camera front, a flash
model. If you want to use
flash, you have to move the slider out.
Camera back. jViewer, film advance.
Camera top. Flash ready lamp, film counter
The flash slider sticks out, so you won't forget to put it back.
If you peel off the black tape at the bottom, you will find a battery compartment. Takes one AAA battery.
are the ultimate basics of a disposable camera, focus free, single shutter
speed and fixed aperture. Point and shoot only.
Modern film is quite flexible and modern labs can adapt when scanning,
so there will be acceptable results.
As promised, some hints how to open the camera. If you just want to get
the film out, it's easy. You take off the black tape at the bottom and
you will find a lid on the film compartment. You can easily crack it
open with a Swiss knife, if you proceed cautiously, nothing will be
damaged. As explained above, the film is already completely rewound, so
The film compartment open, film taken out. The lid is even hinged.
If you are planning to reload the camera, you have to open it further.
Again: if you proceed cautiously, nothing will break, if you insist
with force without looking for the little hook that still holds it
together, it will break off.
I opened the camera with the small screwdriver of a Swiss knife, any
small scewdriver will do. Poke the blade into holes at the edge and
wiggle, the little hooks, visible in the little sqare holes below will
At the other end it's only one hole in the middle. You will feel that
the camera comes apart a little bit. Take a bigger blade to widen the
gaps cautiously. There are more hooks that will come off, there is one
at the film compartment towards the inner side which needs a bit more
Camera apart. As you can see, there is no core to spool the film to. So
the only way to load it is absolute darkness or a sleeve. Prepare the 2
parts so that you can stick them together in the dark and re-hinge the
lid of the film compartment. Then, in the darkness inside the sleeve,
tear a part of the film out of the cartrige and begin to make a roll as
small as possible. Successively roll all of the film out of the
cartridge and hold your roll tight. Put the cartridge into place, lay
the film over the film plane and stuff your roll into the other side.
Release slowly, it will be held by the foam. Check with your fingers
that everything is in place and that the dents of the film transport
meet the sprockets. Put the other half of the housing and squeeze until
everything has snapped into place. Done.
This is what the counter looks like when the film has been taken out.
It can be easily reset with a toothpick. There is a disk with holes
under the 2 half-moon shaped openings on the top. Poke your toothpick
into one of the holes and push the disk. Repeat until the desired
number appears. It counts upto 40 (as a part of the film leader can be
exposed), but it will be difficult to put a 36 exp.film. 24 will be