Autorange 220 - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Autorange 220

1937

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Autorange 220

Lens:
f4.5, 75 mm Ensar Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 147051 .

Shutter:
Prontor II, speeds 1 - 1/150, B, T. Delayed action.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " or 16, 2 " x 1 ⅝" exposures on roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, double image, one image is yellow.
Film advance not coupled to shutter, red window to set first exposure then frame counter is used, no auto-stop.
Removable frame counter for 12 or 16. View-finder mask and film-plane mask. Depth-of-field scale.

Serial Number:
A5951, K18797 , the A5951 number is on the shutter, K18797 is on the body.

With:
Ensign Posometer with instructions. In case.

Autorange 220

Post-war model

1945

Barnet-Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Autorange 220

Lens:
f4.5, 75 mm Ensar Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 5147 .

Shutter:
Epsilon, three-blade leaf type, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " or 16, 2 " x 1 ⅝" exposures on roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, double image, one image is yellow.
Film advance not coupled to shutter, red window to set first exposure then frame counter is used, no auto-stop.
Removable frame counter for 12 or 16. View-finder mask and film-plane mask. Depth-of-field scale.

Serial Number:
A4470 .

Ensign advertisements state that the Autorange 220 will be ready in June of 1937. The lens range was extensive from an f4.5 Ensar in a Prontor to an f2.8 Tessar in a Compur Rapid. Early advertisements show a camera without a body-release. The camera was re-introduced directly after the war fitted with the new Epsilon shutter.

References & Notes:
BJA 1939, p. 77. BJA 1946, p. 54. BJA 1947, p. 53. BJA 1948, p. 52. Ensign Cat. 1937, p. 24.

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