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History Edit

The Regula Sprinty was a long-running series (1962-71) of 35mm viewfinder cameras made at Bad Liebenzell in the Black Forest by King KG, part of their King Regula range. There were several redesigns throughout the series, and several models of each - some with light meters. Sprintys were also sold as Prinz Pilot II, Prinz Pilot E (by Dixons), Kalimar A, and Pacemaker (by Boots).


Sprinty Edit

The construction of the camera is anodised aluminium and plastic, the leatherette is stuck on the camera. It has an accessory shoe with front mounted PC sync connectors for flash/bulb. The film is advanced with a metal lever; this also moves the exposure counter which is located on the bottom of the camera, this is reset whenever the rear of the camera is opened.

Functionality Edit

The camera is quite basic; no light meter or ability to set the film speed, best to stick to the sunny 16 rule. Unlike later Sprintys with a Rectamat shutter this model lacks the 1/30th f/2.8 shutter setting which is quite useful for indoor pictures, instead having only 3 speeds (1/60, 1/125, 1/250) and no bulb mode. The camera's film rewind is a thin plastic knob making film rewind harder to do.

Early Variant Edit

There is an early version of the Sprinty and with it being the first is also the most basic of the entire Sprinty range. A central mounted viewfinder that has no view lines in it. The model name and king logo stamped into the metal top section. It also doesn't have the front metal section around the lens like all later Sprintys, only a small plastic bit with the pc sync contacts for flash/bulb.



Sprinty B Edit

The construction of the camera is anodised aluminium, painted brass and plastic, the leatherette is stuck on the camera unlike the later Sprinty C which is molded plastic. It also lacks the hot shoe of the Sprinty C, having front mounted PC sync connectors for flash/bulb. The film is advanced with a metal lever; this also moves the exposure counter which is located on the bottom of the camera, this is reset whenever the rear of the camera is opened.

Functionality Edit

The camera is quite basic; it has an uncoupled light meter with the reading on the top of the camera. Unlike later Sprintys with a Rectamat shutter this model lacks the 1/30th f/2.8 shutter setting which is quite useful for indoor pictures, instead having only 3 speeds (1/60, 1/125, 1/250) and no bulb mode like the first Sprinty. The camera's film rewind is a thin plastic knob making film rewind harder to do. This model is basically the same at the revised Sprinty in appearance, the light meter being the only extra benefit; you'd probably still be better with a dedicated light meter that can adjust for film speed.

Sprinty C Edit

The construction of the camera is anodised aluminium and plastic, the leatherette texture on the camera is molded plastic. It has a hot shoe that can be adjusted for use with an electronic flash or flash bulb. The film is advanced with a metal lever; this also moves the exposure counter which is located on the bottom of the camera, this is reset whenever the rear of the camera is opened.

Functionality Edit

The camera is fairly basic with no light meter or ability to set the film speed. The standard shutter speeds and aperture sizes are linked and can't be adjusted separately, and are split into four groups like the rest of the Sprinty Rectamat shutters. There is a bulb mode which is activated by a switch on the back of the camera, you can freely adjust the aperture size in this mode. This model is a bit of an improvement over the B model; dumping the lackluster light meter for weight, swapping the solid painted brass front for the King anodized aluminium saving more weight, hot shoe, 1/30th f/2.8 and bulb settings for the shutter, durable molded plastic leatherette and a much more usable film rewind.

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Sprinty BC Edit

See also the article King Regula Sprinty BC.

The construction of the camera is anodised aluminium and plastic, the leatherette texture on the camera is molded plastic. It has a hot shoe that can be adjusted for use with an electronic flash or flash bulb. The film is advanced with a metal lever; this also moves the exposure counter which is located on the bottom of the camera, this is reset whenever the rear of the camera is opened.

Functionality Edit

This camera is basically a Sprinty B (uncoupled light meter) with the newer styling and construction of the Sprinty C. The light meter is more integrated into the body of the camera keeping the lines of the Sprinty C.

Sprinty BC 300 Edit

The construction of the camera is anodised aluminium and plastic, the leatherette texture on the camera is molded plastic. It has a hot shoe that can be adjusted for use with an electronic flash or flash bulb. The film is advanced with a metal lever; this also moves the exposure counter which is located on the bottom of the camera, this is reset whenever the rear of the camera is opened.

Functionality Edit

The camera is basic but better than earlier Sprinty's. The standard shutter speeds and aperture sizes are linked and can't be adjusted separately, and are split into groups like the rest of the Sprinty Rectamat shutters. There is a bulb mode which is activated by a switch on the back of the camera, you can freely adjust the aperture size in this mode. This model is an improvement and combines the best of the B & C models with some more design changes. Owing to the name of camera it has a 1/300th shutter setting which replaces the 1/250th used on older models. The focus ring has been made bigger and easier to turn, the distance reading now more easily visible as it's on the side of the ring rather than at an angle on the front of it like the earlier models. The light meter is uncoupled but much nicer than the one on the B model as it's flat against the top metal surface without that ugly black plastic ring; though there is an error as the label on it has 250 not the 300 it should have for the 1/300th setting, this just seems like a minor oversight when the camera was made and the meter is calibrated for 1/300th. The other design changes are having a square plastic shutter button, and making the hot shoe cut into the camera so that it's flush with the top of the camera, this gives the camera a cleaner look.

Sprinty C 300 Edit

The construction of the camera is anodised aluminium and plastic, the leatherette texture on the camera is molded plastic. It has a hot shoe that can be adjusted for use with an electronic flash or flash bulb. The film is advanced with a metal lever; this also moves the exposure counter which is located on the bottom of the camera, this is reset whenever the rear of the camera is opened.

Functionality Edit

This is pretty much identical to the BC 300 but without a uncoupled light meter. A Sprinty C that's had a makeover and a 1/300th shutter speed added.

Sprinty CC 300 Edit



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