Coronet Rapide

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Coronet Rapide is a folding 120 film camera model of Coronet Co., Birmingham, England. It was also manufactured under license by Tiranty Company, Paris, France and produced in late 1940s and early 1950s [1]

The lens/shutter module's front plate of the original camera is white, with inscription made in England, whilst that front plate is black on the French product.

Coronet was a British camera maker based in Birmingham. It manufactured a variety of cheap box and folding cameras until 1967. After the WW2 it worked together with the French company Tiranty to avoid French import restrictions. Several Coronet camera models were made in France, some with Boyer lenses, and some with instruction imprints in French.

Specifications

  • Format 6x9cm, film 120 roll
  • Self-erecting bellows
  • Simple meniscus lens f/11 (f/16 ?)
  • Fixed focus
  • Shutter: spring rotary, speeds Instant (about 1/30 or 1/50) and Time
  • Eye-level optical reverse telescop viewfinder

Notes and references

  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p.223

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