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Bencini Koroll 24s - A beautiful camera from the 50s

A charming camera from 50s - the Bencini Koroll 24s, is fun, easy to use, and leads to fantastic results.

I fell in love with this beauty immediately. Made in Milano/Italy in 1953, this very simple camera lets you take fantastic pictures.

Photo by berndtotto

The Bencini Koroll 24s uses ordinary 120 film, but exposes 24 pictures on it. The format is 3×4.5 cm. Just one shutter speed ( 1/50 sec and B ) and two apertures ( f:9 and f:11 ).

The handling of this camera is very simple. I used a Kodak Portra 160, a Kodak E100VS and a Lucky SHD 100 B/W film yet and the results have been all very good at different daylight conditions. I kept the camera mostly at f:9 and used the f:11 just in very bright sunlight. I just didn’t like the Lucky B/W film pictures, because this film turned out really bad, which is not an issue of the camera though.

Like many cameras of the early 50s, the Bencini Koroll 24s is a viewfinder camera, which means, that the distance/focus needs to be guessed ( in feet ). I am not used to feet, but in the end, it has been easier than I thought. At apertures like f:9 or f:11, the depth of field is not very shallow. So it doesn’t matter, if you don’t guess super exactly.

A fantastic camera, which I really like and still use very often.

written by berndtotto

5 comments

  1. blanches_nickelodeon

    blanches_nickelodeon

    I've just added a Bencini Koroll S to my camera collection. Got my first roll of film in and looking forward to the results.

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  2. superlighter

    superlighter

    wow! super sharp pictures! I have a Koroll II° that I love so much.

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  3. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    That is a really neat camera. The photos came out really well for its age.

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  4. berndtotto

    berndtotto

    @blanches_nickelodeon, @superlighter: Looking forward to see your pictures !!! @neanderthalis: Indeed ... and I also like it's design. It's a true beauty for me.

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  5. alexheffs

    alexheffs

    @berndtotto Beautiful shots! I just got back from a trip to Tokyo and I'm hoping mine come out half as nice!

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