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Bencini Koroll 24 S
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2020-03-16 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Italy from 1953 to (After) 1953.
Index of rarity in France: Frequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 79

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During the immediate post WWII period  BENCINI of Milan built a range of basic cameras all made with cast aluminum bodies.

They are generally very robust and I have never seen a KOROLL (date 1953) broken or broken down for sale. The originally bright polished aluminum bodies are often oxidised to grey or black over time and can usually be repolished to bright finish using ordinary non-abrasive metal polish (e.g. chrome polish) as part of any conservation/restoration process.

The KOROLL uses standard 120 film, but can take 3 x 4 cm photos, which doubles the number of views to 24. It has 1/50th sec speed and a 'B' pose as well as focus from 3 ft to infinity. The unusual speed selector is an angled lug on the side of the lens. Another unusual feature of the Koroll is the size of the raised body potion in which the viewfinder is located.

These cameras can often be bought for a small price in flea markets and it would be a shame not to integrate it into a collection, if only as an early example of the use of cast aluminum as a body material.

The KOROLL 24 S no longer has the embossed initials ‘CMF’ that was present on earlier models.

Bencini Koroll 24 S