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Coronet Rex Folding



Coronet Rex Folding
Coronet Rex Folding
Manufacturer: Coronet
Produced: 1930
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding Bed
Bellows Deployment:Sliding Rail
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:95mm
Focus Type:Two position
Focal Range:9ft and 'View'
Aperture Type :Fixed
Apertures :f/13
Shutter Type:Everset leaf
Shutter Speeds:T (bulb), I*(1/40s)
Size Open (w x h x d):75 x 158 x 125 mm
Size Closed (w x h x d):75 x 158 x 32 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Coronet Rex 6×9cm folding camera offers similar features to the Rex box cameras but it can be folded away to fit in a pocket. It has a meniscus lens and a simple shutter with time and instant mode. The shutter release button is mounted on the side of the lens barrel. Film advance is via a film advance knob and is indicated by a red window. Film advance is not coupled to the shutter allowing double exposure. It has a brilliant viewfinder which swivels so it can be used for both portrait and landscape views. When the bellows are pulled out, two focus settings are possible. There are two snap-in positions for the focus marked "9ft" and "VIEW". Tripod sockets are not provided

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is widely available.

The aperture is fixed at f/13. The measured speed on this camera was 1/40s. As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, it is advisable to hold it against a wall or other solid object. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

The table shows how this camera will perform using ISO 100/125 film. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Modern 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.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/40s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/13+2½ Stops
SunnyDistinctf/13+1½ Stops
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/13+½ Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/13-½ Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/13-1½ Stops
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
Nonef/13-2½ Stops
Not Acceptable