|Ensign Selfix 16-20 Folding 120 roll film camera C1950|
The Ensign Selfix 16-20 is an English made, strut braced, self erecting folding roll film camera for 16 frames 4.5 x 6cm. This is a nice sized camera, however I find it a little peculiar to use in landscape format due to the shutter release being on the left hand side - you have be there really! The red window was missing when received, I wonder if the acetate used was prone becoming brittle? The shutter is essentially the same type as used on the 1945 Commando, but with flash synchronisation and "timed" added. It has a rather interesting feature, if the user winds on but forgets to cock the shutter - they are rewarded with a spike that protrudes into the finger when attempting to take the picture! It's not particularly sharp, but I always get this strange feeling of chastisement every time I get caught by it. Owing to the design of the cam ring inside the shutter, DO NOT alter the shutter speed from 1/25th to 1/10th WITH THE SHUTTER COCKED, it will protest and although it can be forced - the strain on the cam follower will be severe. The viewfinder on this model pops up automatically when the lens door release is pressed. It also has double exposure prevention with a tiny indicator window just next to the advance knob. Donated to the collection April 2000 by Mr E. Pheby. Click here for 360 degree view.
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|Body No. H11577
Shutter,Epsilon, speeds T, B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 & 300th
Lens No38545, Ross Xpres 75mm f/3.5
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