Ensign Selfix '20' - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ensign Selfix '20'

c. 1933

Early model

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Ensign Selfix '20'

Lens:
f4.5 100 mm Ensar, iris diaphragm to f32.

Shutter:
Speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, T, B.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
8, 6 x 9 cm exposures on Ensign 2 B roll-film.

Focusing:
Front cell to 3 feet. Single extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant and frame view-finders.
Self-erecting front standard. Film advance indicated by red window. Not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
Early version with chequered body covering and open frame finder. Shutter bezel with diagonal lines.

Serial Number:
G12838 .

With:
Instructions. Case. Box.

Ensign Selfix '20'

1936

Late model

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Ensign Selfix '20'

Lens:
f7.7 105 mm Ensar, iris diaphragm to f32.

Shutter:
Speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, T, B.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
8, 6 x 9 cm or 16, 6 x 4.5 cm exposures on Ensign 2 B roll-film.

Focusing:
Front cell to 3 feet. Single extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant and direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finders.
Self-erecting front standard. Film advance indicated by red windows. Not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
Late version with ribbed body covering, direct-vision finder and dual format facility. Shutter bezel with zigzag lines.

Serial Number:
J7172 .

With:
16-on masks for film gate and view-finder. Instructions. Box.

Ensign Selfix '20'

1936

Late model

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Ensign Selfix '20'

Lens:
f7.7 105 mm Ensar, iris diaphragm to f32.

Shutter:
Speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, T, B.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
8, 6 x 9 cm or 16, 6 x 4.5 cm exposures on Ensign 2 B roll-film.

Focusing:
Front cell to 3 feet. Single extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant and direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finders.
Auto-erecting front standard. Film advance indicated by red windows. Not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
Late version with ribbed body covering, direct-vision finder and dual format facility. Shutter bezel with zigzag lines.

Serial Number:
J19234 .

With:
16-on masks for film gate and view-finder. Instructions. Box.

The Selfix '20' was a very popular camera from when it was introduced around 1933. Early models are single format, 6 x 9 cm, and covered in a very distinctive chequered covering which was replaced by a ribbed design when a new version was released for 1936. The 1936 model was dual format, 6 x 9 cm or 6 x 4.5 cm, the original frame finder was replaced by a direct-vision, optical, finder. Some, probably late, models have leather bellows.

Model numbers

S/1f7.7 EnsarTrichroSynthetic covering
S/2f6.3 EnsarTrichroSynthetic covering
S/3f4.5 EnsarTrichroSynthetic covering
S/3Pf4.5 EnsarProntorSynthetic covering
S/4f4.5 EnsarMulchroLeather covering
S/4Pf4.5 EnsarProntorLeather covering
S/5f4.5 EnsarCompurLeather covering
S/51f4.5 XpressCompurLeather covering
S/81f4.5 TessarCompurLeather covering

The 1934 catalogue shows models 1 - 3 to be available, by 1936 all except S/3P were shown, S/3P was added in the 1937 catalogue. Original models (pre 1936) of the S/1 do not have a frame finder.

References & Notes:
BP 280352/1926. BP 281802/1926. Ensign Cat. 1934, p.16. Ensign Cat. 1936, p.24. Ensign Cat. 1937, p.10.


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