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Coronet Cameo

Specification

Coronet Cameo
Coronet Cameo
Pal Panchro Film
Pal Panchro Film
Manufacturer: Coronet
Produced: 1947
Classification:Subminiature
Body Type:Spy
Construction:Plastic
Film Type:16mm rollfilm
Film Width:16mm
Image Size:18mm x 12mm
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:25mm
Focus Type:fixed
Focal Range:5ft - Inf.
Aperture Type :Fixed
Apertures :f/11
Shutter Type:Fixed Speed
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/50s)
Size (w x h x d):53 x 44 x 35 mm
Weight:50g
* Measured on this camera

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Description

The Coronet Cameo was a post-war attempt to recreate the success of the Coronet Midget. It is a sub-miniature camera made of black plastic with metal alloy fittings and face plate. It was very cheap and only the size of a Yale door key. They are often found warped and cracked. It was produced between 1948 and 1952.

It uses a tiny 16mm film roll and the picture size is 12x18mm. It has a fixed focus f/11 lens and a one speed rotary shutter having a speed of 1/25s.

Focusing is fixed and it has a pull-up eye-level direct viewfinder. The rear sight of the viewfinder slides up revealing the red window.

How to Use

This camera operates in a similar way to the Coronet Midget. Coronet Midget Manual.

The film is only available as expired film or can be cut down from 120. You will probably have to develop the film by yourself. If you use ISO 100 film, it will be about 2 stops overexposed on a sunny day. However, modern film has sufficient latitude to give pretty good images when overexposed.

As the shutter speed is only 1/50s, it is advisable to hold it against a wall or other solid object. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your face.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day (May - August) in the UK.

Remember that the exposure guide in the manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

Don't forget to cover the red window except when winding on in reduced light.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/11+3 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/11+2 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/11+1 Stop
Overexposed
Acceptable
OvercastBarely visiblef/11Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/11-1 Stop
Underexposed
Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/11-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable

Photographs taken with this Camera

Using Kodak Portra 160 film. Developed in Tetenal.

Whitchurch Library, Cardiff, UK
Whitchurch Library, Cardiff, UK
Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff, UK
Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff, UK
St. Mary's Church, Whitchurch, Cardiff, UK
St. Mary's Church, Whitchurch, Cardiff, UK
Maggie's Cancer Support, Cardiff, UK
Maggie's Cancer Support, Velindre, Cardiff, UK