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Series of 35mm Viewfinder Cameras sold by Boots in the UK in the 1960-1970's. The cameras were essentially re-branded versions of German Franka or King cameras. Boots also sold Super 8 movie film camera under the pacemaker branding

Some of the models include

Camera Models

Boots Pacemaker 35

This re-badged Franka 125 but lack metering seen it's sister models. The film speed reminder on the rewind nob is notable in that it goes up to 3200asa although the display space is too small so 1600 and 3200 are displayed as 160 and 320.

  • Lens: Isco-Göttingen Color-Isconar 1:2.8/45mm
  • Focus: Zone focus with 3 pictograms on top of lens or scale focus on bottom
  • Shutter: Prontor 125 (speeds 1/30, 1/60 & 1/125 sec and B)
  • Aperture: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Flash: By PC sync cable. Cold mount point on camera

Boots Pacemaker 35 LM

This camera is a rebadged Franka 125 L. Mechanically the same as the Pacemaker 35 but features an uncoupled selenium light meter which produced a value (1-10) on the upper lens casing. Using this and the film speed on an adjacent dial calculator gives shutter and aperture speed combinations.

Boots Pacemaker P

This unmetered camera was by King and appears to be a Rebadged Regula Sprinty C 300. The rectamat shutter has a coupling mechanisms for shutter and aperture base on weather pictograms

  • Lens: Isco-Gottingen Color-Gotar 45mm f/2.8 lens
  • Focus: Scale focus
  • Shutter: Rectamat shutter (speeds 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 & 1/300sec and B)
  • Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
  • Flash: Hotshoe

Boots Pacemaker LP

This was produced by King and appears to be a rebadged Regula Sprinty BC 300. Like Pacemaker LM it features an uncoupled selenium light with reading on top with a settings calculator. Except for the meter broadly similar to the Pacemaker P in specifications but lacks the coupling mechanism for suggesting setting based on weather

Boots Pacemaker CM

This metered model is again based on one of the King Regula Sprinty series, and was a copy of their Regula Sprintic model C. Like the Pacemaker LM & LP it features an uncoupled light meter built into the top panel, plus a flash cube holder mounted directly above the lens. The light meter scale is read as a combination of apertures and shutter speeds, and the exposure settings round the lens barrel are arranged in the same groups. So, at the bottom end of the scale it’s possible to select 1/30th and f/2.8, and at the top the camera offers 1/300th at f/16 with groups of other combinations in-between. Focus is completely manual, with distances marked in both feet, meters, and icons for Landscape, Group and Portraits.