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The Coronet Midget - 'Not as long as a cigarette'

The last few weeks I've been helping my colleague sell some items before he retires. Yesterday he gave me this as a thank you.

This tiny film camera is from the 1930's, its a great example of early plastics (Bakelite). At the time they came in 7 different colours, its just like the iPod all over again! You can see how small the item is from the photographs (usb/penny to show size).

The main sales line for the camera was,
Its not as long as a cigarette
Which at the time was the main pocket sized item you would compare something to.

The camera itself took a 16mm photographic paper, and its lens could focus from anything from 5ft - infinity. Included in the images is one of the original leaflets selling the camera in the US (points to whom can pick out the physical impossability).

Also included is a PDF of the original manual that I found images for on the internet then cleaned up and pushed through quark.

Now, you might be asking yourself, what is gmjhowe going to do with it? Well, I intend to use it as its meant to be used. So Ive ordered myself some 120 camera paper (which can be cut down to the 16mm paper I need.) along with some chemicals.

No doubt I will put up an instructable for it! My aim is to carry it around everywhere, so as to catch that artistic photo. Of course I will make it a nice little leather case to protect it, the item itself is valued at about £70!

Anyone got any suggestions? Or, is anyone else into B&W photography and want to share there thought/advice?

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fwjs288 years ago
wow, that seems really cool...i wonder how good of images it takes....
gmjhowe (author)  fwjs288 years ago
Hopefully, i will find out as soon as the film and chemicals arrive!
jbicb3 gmjhowe7 years ago
If you're having problems with developing the film, check with a nearby college (if there is one near you). They often have a darkroom for the newspaper & yearbook staff, even if they don't have photography classes.
fwjs28 gmjhowe8 years ago
cool beans man!
PKM8 years ago
"instant shutter action" Fortunately it comes with ISO infinity film and has an aperture of f0.0 so doesn't suffer from too much underexposure from a 1/infinity shutter speed :P The shutter switch appears to be on the left so you couldn't use it in your right hand like the model is doing, but that seems like quite a minor thing... when do we get to see prints from photos you've taken with it?
gmjhowe (author)  PKM8 years ago
As soon as i figure out what the hell im doing with these chemicals, which atm, is no idea. Even after reading lots of googled stuff, including pdf's from the make of chemicals..
ll.138 years ago
That's really neat! I wonder how the pictures will compare to the Lomo with regards to hipster coolness.
gmjhowe (author)  ll.138 years ago
I googled it, but im not sure what it is? looks like a small camera.
ll.13 gmjhowe8 years ago
I just realised it's a term, not a camera make.
(oops!)
gmjhowe (author)  ll.138 years ago
No, it is the make, Lomo make the Holga, among others. Im buying one as we speak..
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