Gundlach Korona View

Cameras of Ansel Adams

The Korona View camera was manufactured, in a variety of sizes, by the Gundlach Optical Company, and it’s successors, from approximately 1900 to the 1950s with a few variations. It was designed as an outdoor camera, constructed of best quality mahogany with nickel plated metal work and leather bellows. Its range of movements are double swing back, rising and falling front, reversible back, rack and pinion focusing adjustments, and exceptional bellows capacity.

It is among the cameras which is most referenced by name in Ansel’s writings. He mostly describes cameras by attributes rather than by brand or model names. But he is very specific in describing the Gundlach Korona View, and that he used both the 4 x 5 and 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 sizes. It appears that he used these from the early 1920s into the early 1950s.