☰ Menu
Art Deco Cameras

Coronet 3-D


Coronet 3-D
Coronet 3-D
Manufacturer: Coronet
Produced: 1953
Type:Solid Body
Film Size:127
Image Size:2 x 1⅝" (5x4.3 cm)
Lens Type:2 x Meniscus
Focal Length:78mm
Focus Type:fixed
Focal Range:9ft - Inf.
Aperture Type :Fixed
Apertures :f/18
Shutter Type:Fixed Speed
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/50s)
Size (w x h x d):167 x 90 x 110 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

star Limited: Minor and insubstantial


The "3-D" from Coronet is a stereo camera for taking pairs of photos on 127 film. The early versions have a ribbed bakelite body as shown. Other models have a smooth body and later models have a speckled body.

3-D Viewer
3-D Viewer

The camera has two fixed focus meniscus lenses with a single shutter speed. It has a single-blade spring powered guillotine shutter which lets light into the two stereo compartments simultaneously.The shutter must be primed by sliding a lever on the face of the camera. It has a binocular viewfinder to help compose your stereo images (see below). Film advance is by knob and controlled by viewing though the red window on the rear of the camera.

It is possible for the camera to take 8 single (non-stereo) images per roll by blocking one lens with a built-in internal metal cover, actuated by a small silver knob on the front. Some versions have a synchronized flash feature.

Stereo images can be viewed using a 3-D viewer.

How to Use

The User Manual is found here:- https://www.butkus.org/chinon/coronet_3d/coronet_3d.pdf

This camera takes 127 film which is still available from select outlets - search for 'Rera Pan 100-127' which is a black & white film. For those photographers in the UK, try Nick & Trick photographic services.

When taking stereo pairs, the film is advanced until an odd number shows in the red window (1, 3, 5, and 7). When taking eight single exposures, the blanking plate is swung over the number 1 lens. The film is advanced to show all numbers in the red window starting with 1 and ending with 8.

There is a curious thing about this camera that I have not be able to fathom. The distance between the two viewfinder bezels is 57mm. The average distance between the pupils of an adult is 62mm for female and 64mm for male. The distance between my pupils is 67mm. This makes it almost impossible the use the binocular viewfinder effectively. Was this camera designed for a child? It's interesting to note that the distance between the 3-D viewer lenses is 64mm.

With a shutter speed of only 1/50 sec, make sure you brace the camera against your face and press the shutter smoothly to avoid camera shake.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when over-exposed by 2 or 3 stops or under-exposed by 1 stop.

The table shown assumes the shutter speed is about 1/50s.

The table also assumes that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day in the UK.

Remember that the exposure guide in the manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

So, on a nice sunny day, it's simplicity itself. Just load film and snap away.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/18+2 Stop
SunnyDistinctf/18+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/18Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/18-1 Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/18-2 Stops
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
Nonef/18-3 Stops
Not Acceptable