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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?



9 years ago

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

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

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.


9 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?

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..


9 years ago

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

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

I just realised it's a term, not a camera make.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Only 140 $???

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

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


9 years ago

A beautiful specimen.

Its a great little piece.

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