Coronet Ambassador was made in England around 1955. This camera fits in the "Box Cameras" category and his body is made of metal and bakelite.
Well…lets start from the beginning… The Coronet Camera Company was founded in Birmingham, England in the mid-twenties by F. W. Pettifer and kept alive until 1967. The objective of this company was to produce low budget cameras that were accessible to almost everyone. They produced loads of models…and lost in the middle…they produced the Ambassador…
And what to say about this little old jewel Coronet Ambassador??? As what has been said…this camera is a Box Camera, but in some kind of way is a special one because this particular model have covers in both viewfinders in order to protect them which is a great add-on for the time. It takes 120 film and makes a fantastic 6×9 frame. Other peculiarities of this camera are the two levers with “extra” features…one is to control the bulb mode and the other is to activate a green filter, that can be very helpful if you’re using a B&W film.
In this model you can only control the exposure time changing from normal mode to bulb mode since it’s aperture and focus free. It’s a good camera to photograph landscapes and even for portrait.
I got mine about a year ago for a couple of pounds. I didn’t buy it for taking great pictures but for having a great camera. If you can buy a box camera (Ambassador or not) do not hesitate. You will feel that you have a piece of photography’s history in your hand.
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