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Description

110 cartridge film was introduced to the world by Kodak in 1972, along with the latest model in their Instamatic range. Other manufacturers soon adopted the new format, allowing them to make cameras that were truly pocket-sized, yet not so small that ergonomics suffered.

Then Minolta decided that they were going to design a single lens reflex (SLR) model for 110 film, and the result was this - the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR, one of the quirkiest cameras ever produced.

It was the very first 110 SLR and one of only a handful of similar designs ever put into production; looking unlike anything else, it appeared on the market in 1976 and then disappeared three years later largely because photographers are a conservative bunch and didn't like the radical looks - its replacement, the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR II, looks far more like a conventional SLR.

Sales of the original model were, therefore, not at all healthy, and probably contributed to Minolta's eventual demise to manufacturer of cheap and nasty point-and-shoots, then to mere subsidiary of a photocopier company. This means that they're a rare find today, especially in this sort of condition - this example appears to have seen very little use (probably because the owner realised that 35mm SLRs are better in just about every way, so went back to using one of those) with almost no cosmetic damage. We're not able to perform a full test for functionality because we've only got one cartirdge of 110 film and we're leaving it sealed so that whoever buys this camera can have it, but everything appears to be working perfectly - all the switches and selectors, the film advance and the shutter. There is no dust or fungus to be seen within the barrel and the film compartment is clean with a tight door; putting a small, bright LED inside and examini9ng it in a dark room revealed no light leakage. Please do not that there is some evidence of battery leakage in the battery compartment, but this isn't terrible and does not prevent the batteries connecting to the terminals.

The camera comes with an original case, flash and case for it and straps. Due to the limitations of 110 film (small photos, lots of grain) the format has become popular with lomographers, who are also most likely to be interested in this camera - therefore, we're including a cartridge of expired 110 film (unknown vintage), under the usual understanding that shooting with expired film can yield some unexpected results or sometimes none at all. 110 was discontinued some time ago, but very small batches of new stock are still made and can be found online.

Model: Minolta 110 Zoom SLR
Made: 1976-1979
Lens: 25-50mm, f/4.5 10-element Rokkor-macro
Aperture range: f/4.5-16
Viewfinder: Central microprism disc type
Shutter Speed: 10sec-1/1000, X and bulb
Metering: External CdS
EV Range: 1-18
EV Compensation: ±2 (whole steps)
Power: 2x SR44 (not supplied)
Flash: Standard hotshoe in sync with X
Tripod Mount: Standard quarter-inch

Due to the nature of this item it is not always possible for us to identify any missing parts.
For this reason we ask that you please check the pictures carefully, as these show everything that is included.

This item has been very kindly donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

100% of the money raised from this sale will go to the charity.

Our sales team do their best to check each item and ensure that the description and pictures provided are as accurate as possible.

Feedback is extremely important to the charity so if you are not fully satisfied with your purchase please give us a chance to resolve any issues by contacting us prior to leaving feedback.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via eBay messages, we will make sure that your message is responded to promptly, usually within three working days. Messages sent over the weekend will be responded to on the next working day.

If this item is not quite what you were looking for but you would still like to help our cause, please consider providing us with a donation which can be done via our eBay Charity Profile linked below.

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We only accept payments made through one of eBay's many approved methods. Please make sure to complete your payment within 96 hours of winning an item. Once your payment has been received we will dispatch your item as soon as possible, usually within two working days.

Delivery times are calculated in working days (Monday to Friday). If your order is placed after 1pm, the next working day will be considered the first working day for delivery. In case of bank holidays and during the Christmas period where delays are more likely, please allow an extra few days for delivery.

Domestic Delivery

We aim to dispatch orders within two working days. If for any reason there is an unexpected delay in dispatching your order we will make sure to inform you of this as soon as possible.

We use Evri to deliver the majority of our parcels. If you would like to specify a preferred neighbour, or safe place for the parcel to be left, please leave the details in a message when placing your order.

Some low-value items will be sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class. Some items of higher value are sent by Royal Mail Signed For or Special Delivery, which require a signature. If you are not present at the time of delivery, a card will be left instructing you to arrange a redelivery, or to collect your order from the local sorting office.

International Delivery

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For full details please see the following eBay help page: Buying internationally with the Global Shipping Programme.

Items can be collected from our Retail Hub at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Eastern Counties Leather Industrial Estate, Pampisford, CB22 3EE during our opening hours of 10:00 to 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday. If you would like to collect your item please contact us in advance to arrange this.

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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity uses the eBay Returns system to make the process as easy for you as possible. For full details about the process, and for information on how to begin a return, please see the following eBay help page: Return an item for a refund.

Change of Mind

If when you receive your order you are not completely satisfied, you may return the items to us within 30 days for a refund. Returns will be processed within three working days once the goods have been received by us.

Items must be returned to us in the same condition as they were received by you. This includes, but is not limited to: original packaging, original boxes, packaging materials, manuals, blank warranty cards, accessories and documents. We reserve the right to refuse a return or deduct an amount for lost value where the item is returned in a different condition.

We strongly recommend that you fully insure your package that you are returning, as well as using a carrier that can provide you with tracking information or proof of delivery.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will not be held responsible for returns lost or damaged in transit.

Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the customer to cover any delivery charges for returning an unwanted item.

Incorrect/Damaged Goods

We try very hard to ensure that you receive your order in pristine condition. In the unlikely event that your order arrives damaged or faulty, please contact us via eBay immediately, this will be given special priority and you can expect to receive a response within 48 hours, Monday to Friday. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will cover the cost of domestic return postage for any incorrect or damaged items, subject to the cost of the chosen return method being reasonable. Please contact us before proceeding if unsure.

About Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Contracted services from the NHS are budgeted at £6.98 million, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. The Charity is extremely grateful to the local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting towards meeting this target.