The “Korona Banquet Camera” as the name implies produces a somewhat unusual format and was developed for photographers of the period to capture special events such as wedding parties, military formations, Japanese funeral gatherings and formal banquet dinners.
With such a large negative produced by the camera, 7 inches high by 17 inches long, prints could be made and without enlarging the image, great detail could be rendered and each individual in the photograph could be recognized. By the 1940’s with the advent of faster films, smaller cameras and fast enlarging papers the use of the “Banquet Camera" fell dramatically.
Today they are used exclusively by photographers who desire the large format negatives to be used for contact printing with alternate printing processes such as Carbon and Platinum ~ Palladium. With some modifications to the camera and a sturdy and adjustable tripod head along with added support, the camera can be used in a vertical position. This takes great care as the cameras is quite fragile and now almost 100 years old but images taken vertically are dramatic and with little distortion.
Technical Data: Film: Ilford HP5 rated at ISO 320 processed with PyroCat HD Developer using a JOBO Processor.
Lens: Super Clarion-G 355mm f/9
Metering: Pentax Digital Spotmeter, Modified by Zone VI