Ensign Midget - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ensign Midget

Model 33

1934

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Ensign Midget

Lens:
c. 53 mm 'All Distance' meniscus. 2 apertures on sector.

Shutter:
Pivoted two-blade return, spring powered, speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, B, T.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
6, 1 ¼" x 1 ⅝" exposures on paper-backed roll-film, size E10.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder, brilliant view-finder on pivot for landscape or portrait.
Film advance by red window, not coupled to shutter.

With:
Pouch. 2 spools.

Ensign Midget

Model 22

c. 1935

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Lens:
c. 53 mm 'All Distance' meniscus. Fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Spring powered, sector T and I (1/25) settings, second blade for capping.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
6, 1 ¼" x 1 ⅝" exposures on paper-backed roll-film, size E10.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder without post.
Film advance by red window, not coupled to shutter.

With:

  • Pouch.
  • 2 spools, roll of exposed film.
  • Developing Tank.

Ensign Midget

Model 55

1934

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Lens:
f6.3, c. 53 mm Ensar. Iris diaphragm to f22.

Shutter:
Pivoted two-blade return, spring powered, speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, B, T.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
6, 1 ¼" x 1 ⅝" exposures on paper-backed roll-film, size E10.

Focusing:
Front-cell focusing to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Frame finder, brilliant view-finder on pivot for landscape or portrait.
Film advance by red window, not coupled to shutter.

With:

  • Pouch. Spool.
  • Two rolls of film in tin case by 'Barnet Ensign'. Magenta/green livery. Dated 1952.
  • Roll of Ultrachrome EC10 film in box by 'Barnet Ensign Ross'. Magenta/green livery, Dated 1953.
  • Developing Tank.
  • Electric contact printer. For printing single frames of film. Box.

Silver Midget

Model S/33

1935

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Silver Midget

Lens:
c. 53 mm 'All Distance' meniscus. 2 apertures on sector.

Shutter:
Pivoted two-blade return, spring powered, speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, B, T.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
6, 1 ¼" x 1 ⅝" exposures on paper-backed roll-film, size E10.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder, brilliant view-finder on pivot for landscape or portrait.
Film advance by red window, not coupled to shutter.

With:

  • Instruction book. Presentation box.
  • 2 rolls of film in a tin, 1 labelled Ultrachrome.
  • Grey pouch.

The Midget was designed by Magnus Nièll and similar to the earlier Ensignette. It sold in large numbers especially the Model 33.

A silver painted version was produced in 1935 for the Jubilee in both the 33 and 55 specifications these came in a presentation box. Later adverts list only the s/33 model.

The camera was sold at the following prices: model 22 - 22/-; model 33, originally called the A/d - 33/-; model 55, originally called the A/N - 55/-. When introduced the price of the 33 was 30/- and the 55, 50/-. The developing tank cost 12/6.

Accessories included:

  • Electric enlarging printer.
  • Daylight printer.
  • Electric contact printer.
  • Developing tank.
  • Developing & printing outfit.
  • Printing frame.
  • Albums.
  • Developing dish.
  • Outfit case.
  • Colour filter (model 55).
  • Tripod attachment.
  • Cable release.

References & Notes:
BP 15568/1934. BP 117399/1917. BJA 1935, pp. 83, 280. BJA 1936, p. 76. BJA 1938, p. 68. Ensign Cat. 1934, p. 11. Ensign Cat. 1936, p. 10. Photography by Ensign, (c. 1935), p. 6.


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