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Coronet Vogue


Coronet Vogue
Coronet Vogue
Manufacturer: Coronet
Produced: 1936
Body Type:Folding Bed
Bellows Deployment:Self Erecting
Film Type:828
Film Width:35mm
ImageSize:3 x 5 cm
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:50mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:6ft - inf.
Aperture Type:Fixed
Shutter Type :leaf
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/50) sec
Size Closed (w x h x d):115 x 63 x 32 mm
Size Open (w x h x d):85 x 113 x 62 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Vogue Camera was manufactured by Coronet beginning in 1936. It has self erecting bellows when the bed is released. The camera was made out of brown Bakelite. This small streamlined folder used special "Vogue 35" film to produce 3x5cm images. It also takes 828 film. It was fitted with a patented "every distance" meniscus f/10 lens. It has an everset instantaneous shutter as well as a time exposure(bulb) option. It has a built-in brilliant direct-vision viewfinder.

It weighs only 6 oz and was advertised as a "Flyweight" minicam that easily fits into a vest pocket or lady's handbag.

How to Use

Find the manual here:- http://www.cameramanuals.org/pdf_files/vogue_modern_camera.pdf

The film for this camera is not easily available. It can use 828 film which is a paper backed film with only one registration hole per frame. The film gate size is slightly larger than 35mm but the overall width of the film is the same. However, you have a number of options:-

What I suggest is to have fun with some expired film, keep the backing paper and spools, and then load it with 35mm film.

Using Expired Film

Image beyond Sprocket Holes

Old expired film can easily be found on the internet. However, there is usually no way of knowing how the film has been stored and so the results are variable. The secret is to over-expose old film. The general rule is one stop per decade for colour film and one stop per two decades for B&W.

Use 35mm film with 828 backing paper

If you have some 828 backing paper, it is possible to roll some 35mm film into it. You will need about 42cm of 35mm film. This can be taken from a 35mm film canister. You should be able to get 3 rolls of film from one canister. The film gate is larger than that of a 35mm camera so the image covers the sprocket holes giving a very nice effect. To do this, please refer to Use 35mm film in an 828 camera


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.

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

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

This camera has a f/10 aperture and a shutter speed of 1/50s. You may need a tripod to stop blur through shake.

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

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/10+3 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/10+2 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/10+1 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/10Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/10-1 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/10-2 Stops
Not Acceptable