Korona history?

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by glbeas, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. glbeas

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    I'm curious about the Korona history, and how can you find out how old your Korona is? Mine just has a tiny plate on the front standard identifying it as a Korona, nothing else. Is there a site with the details listed?
     
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    Thanks Paul! Looks like mine is a minimum of 74 years old, max 95. In pretty good shape considering.
     
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    I have a Korona 5X7 and wondered what model/year it was made. Thanks Paul for the link. Mine looks like the "Home Portrait". Like Garry's I only have a simple label "korona" on the front. I also have the leather carry strap with "Gundalch" stamped on it. Probably from the 1930's. I think the older cameras used decals instead of name plates.

    I also found an old wooden tripod made by the Rochester Optical Co. Very sturdy.
     
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    I can't find a match for my Korona 8x10 at the link Paul provided. Maybe it's because mine was made for the government. I'd like a little more history on the Koronas as well, but I think that Paul's link is as good as it gets.
     
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    This yanks the thread to a slightly new direction, but for all you Korona users out there:
    I recently acquired a Korona Panorama View, of the 7x17 persuasion. The previous owner had shimmed the gg back 7/64" from the original position. Interestingly the included holder has the standard edge to film depth of .359" which doesn't match the position of the glass, or of the original glass frame. Maybe that's why it went up on e-bay!
    Anyone familiar with Koronas and tweaking the gg position?
     
  7. Donald Miller

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    The thing that I checked on my 12X20 Korona (when I had it) was the T dimension of the holder with a depth micrometer by laying a stable straight edge across both webs of the holder. (that is the distance from the holder web to the septum.) I then measured the corresponding offset of the ground glass to the spring back. Adjusting the ground glass to correspond to the holder T dimension should be fairly straightforward (would require shimming or relieving the ground glass mounting into the spring back). Remember to take into account the thickness of the film that you are using when making your calculations.