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Boots is a chain-store chemist (a drugstore like Walgreens in the USA) in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. It has sold a multitude of cameras and accessories made by many manufacturers, including Braun, Beier, Franka, Houghtons, King and Bencini, rebadged under the Boots (or Boots Cash Chemist, BCC) name, going back at least to 1911[1], or even 1906[2].

For a large fraction of the twentieth century, Boots was a popular camera & film retailer and photo processor in the UK, and continues selling photographic products in the digital era. However, most cameras sold by Boots recently (apart from some disposable cameras) are under the original manufacturer's brand names, rather than Boots own. It is one of the last UK High street chains to offer film processing (although not in all stores).

In terms of corporate history, John Boot opened a herbalist shop in 1849 in Nottingham with his son founding Boot & Company Limited in 1883. In 2012 the company entered a strategic partnership with Walgreens and operates in over 25 countries with over 3000 retail stores.


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Cameras

35mm

  • Boots 300AF
  • Boots 350 AF
  • Boots 35F Compact
  • Boots 35MF Compact
  • Boots animal cameras: Bug, Giraffe, Polar Bear, Tiger
  • Boots Beirette series
  • Boots Beirette BL
  • Boots Big Shot 35FX
  • Boots C35FF (made by Ricoh)
  • Boots FF 100
  • Boots FF 135
  • Boots MD 200
  • Boots Mini Zoom (Ricoh Shotmaster Ultra Zoom)
  • Boots Pacemaker series (Franka and King)
  • Boots Pacer 35EC

APS film

120 film

126 film

110 Film

  • Boots 110EF
  • Boots 110MD
  • Boots 110 Electronic MD
  • Boots 110 Electronic WeatherFlash
  • Boots 110 TeleFlash
  • Boots 110FF
  • Boots Mini 110EF
  • Boots Pocket 110EF
  • Boots Tele 110
  • Boots Tele 110EF
  • Comet 110

Disc film

  • Boots Disc 115
  • Boots Disc 215
  • Boots Disc 415
  • Boots Disc 515
  • Boots Tele-disc 715


Disposable

Boots have sold and continue to sell a large variety of disposables, under their own brand and also others such as Kodak & Fuji

Early field cameras

Notes

  1. McKeown lists a "Boots Special" folding field camera, dated 1911.
  2. Boots field camera is dated c.1906

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