東京コローラー(Tokyo Koroller)

 この本はコロちゃん(イタリア製カメラ「ベンチーニ・コロール」)だけを使って撮った、世にも珍しい写真集です。
Here is the the world's first-ever photobook using only Koroll cameras which is the one & only half-frame camera using 120 film.
 この本はコロちゃん(イタリア製カメラ「ベンチーニ・コロール」)だけを使って撮った、世にも珍しい写真集です。
 コロちゃんの良い所というか他のカメラと違った所は、まずハーフサイズだって事。写真を見て貰えば分かるけど縦長です。1951年にデビューした初代コロールは6cm四方正方形(1フィルム12枚)に撮れるカメラだったんだけど、正方形を縦半分に切って24枚撮れるようにしたと。通常のハーフサイズカメラは普通のフィルム(使い捨てカメラに入ってるようなの)を使ってます。
 が、コロちゃんは違う!コロちゃんは縦6cmのデカフィルム!でも一コマ横3cm縦6cmだとイビツ過ぎると判断したのか、下部分を覆って結局3cm×4.5cmにしちゃいました(笑)っていう意味不明ぶりもイイ!ベンチーニ社は何を考えたのか?
 世界にハーフサイズカメラは数あれど、デカフィルム(ブローニーとか120フィルムと言
 いつかはコロちゃんで母国イタリアを撮ってみたいな。誰か招待して下さい~。あ、あと最後に一つ、これロモグラフィーには内緒ね。コロちゃんをダイアナカメラみたいな目に合わせたくないからさ。

2010年1月1日 ハル吉

Here is the the world's first-ever photobook using only Koroll cameras which I call KORO-Chan endearingly. I took these photos in and around Tokyo during 2007-2009. The Koroll cameras were 120 film cameras made by Bencini in Milan and had several types but my favorite is Koroll-II and Koroll-III.
No other camera has unique and interesting character than Koroll. As far as I know, KORO-Chan is the one and only half-frame camera using 120 film which is larger than familiar 35mm film. Its aluminium alloy casting body is another strange earmark.
Koroll had square 6x6 images on 120 film at its debut but in few years, it cut a square half vertically. So you think it was supposed to be 3 x 6cm image, however, it went to 3 x 4.5cm in the end. I don't know why but,I guess the founder Antonio Bencini thought the 3 x 6 ratio is vertically too long.
If you get interested in and want to buy Koroll cameras, go to eBay. They are very cheap, roughly 10 dollars around, even though some sellers put high price on them.
I want to go to the motherland of Koroll, i.e. ITALY with my koroll-III in future.

On a final note, please don't tell things of Koroll to fuckin' monopolizer LOMOGRAPHY. I'm very afraid that Lomo buy
up all and inflate the price of Koroll like they did and are still doing with Diana cameras. Anyway, enjoy my photos. I hope you like them.

Harukichi

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