Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY)

Korona Royal
Korona Series VI Royal
Korona Series VI Special

Korona Cameras, Gundlach Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1903, p.30

5 x 7 Korona Royal



5 x 7 Korona Series VI Special




Notes: 

Gundlach-Manhattan chose to advertise two very similar, but differently named, models of camera in 1903, the Korona VI Special and the Korona Royal.  The only difference between the two is that the Special has a rapid rectilinear lens and the Royal has an anastigmat lens.  Why this was thought to constitute a different model name and 2-3 additional pages of catalog is a mystery.  By 1906, only the Royal model remained, but could be had with any of several lenses, including rectigraphic or anastigmat.  There; was that so hard?

Strangely, the upper camera example, though labeled Korona Royal, has an unmarked rapid rectilinear lens.  And, the lower camera example, though labeled Korona VI Special, has a Goerz Dagor (double anastigmat) lens.  The cameras would match the literature only if their lenses were switched.

References:
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1903, p.30-31
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), January 1, 1906, pp.17-18
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), June 1, 1909, pp.17-18
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), June 1, 1912, pp.18-19
Not in the 1915 catalog.

 

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