Coronet Ambassador


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.

Photo from: bidorbuy

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.

written by nelson-oliveira on 2010-02-03 #gear #120 #review #box #vintage #bakelite #focus-free #coronet #ambassador


  1. taylor-nose
    taylor-nose ·

    Great! I love to see people take out these old wonders and put them to use. It's like going back in time. Doing photography like it was. Great album and great review!

  2. nural
    nural ·

    Probably its just me but I never expect to see such good shots from such an old camera....

  3. lomolicious
    lomolicious ·

    I want a poster of #13!!!

  4. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    I love 9! Great double and great light leak! 6 x 9 is a strange perspective, hard to tell the difference between 6 x 4 almost. I'd like to see some sprocket pictures from this camera actually!

    I think I need one of these to double up with my Felica and its inbuilt yellow filter.

  5. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    wonderful vignetting! veri nice camera...oh no! I have a G.A.S. now!

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    So nice !!! You totally mastered this little gem ! N°4 is incredible.

  7. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Great vintage cam and such cute pics! OI got to look for one like this!

  8. afd_lsi
    afd_lsi ·

    great camera and a relly nice gallery

  9. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    Hooray for old box cameras! Thanks for the review.

  10. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    No.4 & 12 , 16 are my favs. This camera looks really old but makes fabulous photos::)) Thanks for the review....

  11. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Great camera. Your gallery is amazing!!! Congrats ;)

  12. nelson-oliveira
    nelson-oliveira ·

    tHnks to all of you guys that posted a comment...
    kind regards :)

  13. louiebradley
    louiebradley ·

    ..Nice :) Just bought one of these today and on the way home I DROPPED IT! A little piece of plastic is chipped on the side, and looking through the viewfinder you can no longer see what you're shooting. The shutter and all other buttons are fine, do you think it will still be okay to use? Viewfinders aren't essential to the photo being taken, so i'm thinking that i'll just be taking mystery photos. Any ideas?

  14. solar_fluff
    solar_fluff ·

    Hello there. I have some advice for you, 'louiebradley'. Each of the viewfinders on this camera function by using very simple 45 degree angled mirrors. If one (or both) of these mirrors have come loose in your camera then it would block your line of sight through the viewfinders. Whenever i received my Ambassador it was also in this condition but it was very easy to fix. To fix loose mirrors, 1. Set it front face up on a table, 2. carefully unscrew the screw above the lens on the front of the camera, 3. Gently remove the front face plate off the main body of the camera. 4. At this stage you will be able to see if the mirrors are loose so you will be able to reposition them (superglue may be needed and be careful not to damage or smudge them). 6. Replace and fasten the front face of the camera and enjoy. Hope it works - Good luck!

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