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

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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fwjs28 (author)2009-04-17

wow, that seems really cool...i wonder how good of images it takes....

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gmjhowe (author)fwjs282009-04-17

Hopefully, i will find out as soon as the film and chemicals arrive!

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jbicb3 (author)gmjhowe2010-03-07

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.

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PKM (author)2009-04-21

"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?

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gmjhowe (author)PKM2009-04-21

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..

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ll.13 (author)2009-04-18

That's really neat! I wonder how the pictures will compare to the Lomo with regards to hipster coolness.

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gmjhowe (author)ll.132009-04-18

I googled it, but im not sure what it is? looks like a small camera.

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ll.13 (author)gmjhowe2009-04-18

I just realised it's a term, not a camera make.
(oops!)

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gmjhowe (author)ll.132009-04-21

No, it is the make, Lomo make the Holga, among others. Im buying one as we speak..

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NachoMahma (author)2009-04-18

. I'm still trying to figure out the "physical impossability." Hint?

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gmjhowe (author)NachoMahma2009-04-18

Hint is to look where the shutter switch is (5th picture).

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cinstruct (author)gmjhowe2009-04-21

In the Picture of the 'model' she is using her little finger to release the shutter, so I do not think that is the problem. I would say the real impossibility is the depth of the cameras body and where she is holding it; her nose is either very long or the camera is embedded into her eye socket.

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gmjhowe (author)cinstruct2009-04-21

You were right with the finger! look which hand she is using, and her little finger is nearest the front.

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cinstruct (author)gmjhowe2009-04-21

AH yes, my mistake, it was the improbable bend of the first finger that made me think it was the wee little pinky.

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Lithium Rain (author)NachoMahma2009-04-18

Silly Nacho! It's obvious! You see, the physical impossibility is, uh, let me see, umm...yeah, I'm not seeing it either.

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NachoMahma (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-18

. All I see is that the safety is not fully retracted.

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gmjhowe (author)Bartboy2009-04-18

They sold for about 29pence in todays money! so were not super rare!

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Bartboy (author)gmjhowe2009-04-18

Still...... But I have a smaller one ! It is modern though....

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noahh (author)2009-04-17
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gmjhowe (author)noahh2009-04-18

Its a great little piece.

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=SMART= (author)2009-04-17

Wow that is cool, its miles smaller than the flip mini camera !

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