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

2012-09-20 5

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.

Credits: 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.

Credits: berndtotto

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 on 2012-09-20 #gear #review #bencini-koroll-24s-milano-120-film-vintage-camera


  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.

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

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

  3. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

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

  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.

  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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