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Pieces An on-line look at cameras etc. by Stephanie Marriott







12-20 and F-20

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February 2001

In about 1926, F. W. Pettifer founded the Coronet Camera Company in Birmingham, England. In 1946, it became Coronet Ltd. and the company ceased production in 1967.

During its forty years, Coronet produced a lot of budget-priced cameras (more than I can list here), many of which are now very common and consequently worth very little.

Some of the most attractive of these date from the 1950s, when Coronet used bakelite and metal to produce eye-catching cameras for the mass market.

The Coronet Ambassador is one such. This camera was produced from about 1955. It is a box camera, taking 6 cm. x 9 cm. pictures on 120 film. The back is attached to the front by snap fasteners - these can prove to be a weak spot - which allow the whole back to be removed for easy film loading. The brilliant finders have hinged chromed covers which both protect the finder when not in use and also give a degree of shade when the finder is in use. There is a built in green filter. The Ambassador is not flash synchronised and in 1955 this camera cost £1 10s. 9d. The synchronised version, the Conway, was £1 13s. 2d.

Another common Coronet camera is the Coronet Flashmaster. This is a conventionally styled camera with a black bakelite body, ornamented with metal bands. It takes 12 6 cm. x 6 cm. pictures on 120 film.

The Coronet Cadet (picture) is similar to the Coronet Flashmaster, but without flash synchronisation. In 1959, the Cadet cost £1 5s. 4d. and the Flashmaster cost £1 9s. 3d.

The Coronet Rapier is based on the Coronet Consul but has a 4 cm. x 4 cm. mask inside, thus taking 16 pictures on 120 roll film. It has a single speed shutter with flash synchronisation for the Coro-Flash unit. There are two apertures, one for colour and one for black-and-white film. Colour film at this time was markedly slower than black-and-white. The Rapier was £1 14s. 1d. in 1959.

The Coronet Victor is designed to take 4 cm. x 4 cm. pictures on 127 film. It has a two-speed shutter (one-thirtieth and one-hundredth of a second) with flash synchronisation and two apertures (f/11 and f/16). The Coronet Victor cost £2 12s. 8d. in 1959

The third common type of Coronet camera is the "reflex". These have a large, brilliant reflecting finder as the viewing lens and a simple fixed-focus taking lens and are in no way in the same category of camera as a twin-lens reflex camera like the Rolleicord or Microcord.

The 12-20 and similar F-20 Coro-Flash cameras take 6 cm. x 6 cm. pictures on 120 or 620 film. They have simple Time/Instantaneous shutters, three-point focusing lens and a built-in green filter. The F-20 has flash synchronisation. In 1953 the 12-20 cost £2 0s. 5d. and the F-20 was £2 5s. 1d.

Pictures of other Coronet cameras etc.

Coronet 44

Coronet IIa 9.5 mm. cine projector advertisement (1939)

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