Front movements added to Korona? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Has anyone ever heard of front movements being added to an 8x`0, or 11x14 Korona. I have an 11x14 Korona with front rise as the only front movement. I prefer it to my B+J 8x10 which is much less stable. I was just wondering if anyone had ever had something like that done. Thanks David

-- David Hosten (, April 15, 2002


Hi, I have a Korona 8X20 (same frame design) that has tilt and swivel added by someone in California who rebuilt it. This adds, of course, a lot of functionality to the camera. I could find out who did the work if you are really interested.

-- David Flockhart (, April 16, 2002.

Yes. That would be great if I could get some info on who might be able to do such a thing. Thanks DH

-- David Hosten (, April 16, 2002.

There's a good chance the person who did the mod was Patrick Alt. Don't have his contact info at hand, but he's in L.A. and is well known for his quality LF repairs and modifications.


-- Mark Parsons (, April 16, 2002.

There is also the "Front-tilt lensboard" adapter. I don't know who made these, but the one I had was two 6X6" frames separated by a short bellows with side plates and locking knob to tilt the frames relative to each other. The rear frame fit the camera in place of the lensboard and the regular lensboard with lens went in the front frame. The posssible advantage of this over having your camera modified is you can use the adpater on more than one camera. I have seen these for sale on eBay, but I suspect they are hard to find. You might have one made though. I may have a picture of the one I had I can email you if you are interested.

-- Leonard Robertson (, April 16, 2002.

Patrick Alt did a beautiful job of refurbishing my Deardorf 5x7 (found in a barn under crud and rotted, but like new now), and also modified my Korona 7x17 to have tilt, swing, and a new way to rise. The tilt is funky but works beautifully. He also makes cameras (one is a wooden 4x10 fixed focus, I think). Years ago he was at:

Patrick Alt Design 1324 S. Figueroa #101 Los Angeles, CA 90015 213-748-3087

I haven't been in touch in years so it might have changed. He is busy so it takes some time and is best put into the system and shipped when he is ready for the camera. Very nice guy to talk to.

-- Rob Tucher (, April 17, 2002.

Patrick Alt was the guy who modified the Korona 8X20. His work is excellent. The front swivel takes a good twist of the the nit to secure it adequately but it does work. As good as it was, I dumped the old Korona frame and mounted the rest of the camera on a Sinar P base. The difference in stability and maneuverability is not short of amazing.

-- David Flockhart (, April 18, 2002.

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