Ful-Vue - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ful-Vue

1939

Ensign Ltd

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue

Lens:
Meniscus "All-Distance" lens.

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
Two positions. The lens can be pulled forward for close focus.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window.

With:
Box.

Ful-Vue

1945

Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue

Lens:
f11 lens.

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
Two positions. The lens can be pulled forward, a similar arrangement is found on pre-war box cameras.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window.

Identification:
Faceplate screws at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions.

Ful-Vue

1945

Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue

Lens:
f11 lens.

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
Two positions. The lens can be pulled forward, a similar arrangement is found on pre-war box cameras.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window.

Identification:
Faceplate screws at 2, 6 and 10 o'clock positions.

Notes:
Barnet-Ensign name on box.

With:
Instructions. Tie-on sales label. Box.

Ful-Vue

Model II

1949

Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue

Lens:
f11 lens.

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 2 yards.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window. Flash synchronisation socket.

Identification:
Bayonet flash socket.

With:
Instructions.

Ful-Vue

Model II Red

1952

Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue

Lens:
f11 lens.

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 2 yards.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window. Flash synchronisation socket.

Identification:
Coaxial flash socket.

Ful-Vue

Model II Blue

1952

Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue

Lens:
f11 lens.

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 2 yards.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window. Flash synchronisation socket.

Identification:
Coaxial flash socket.

With:
Case.

Ful-Vue

Model II Grey

1952

Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue

Lens:
f11 lens.

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 2 yards.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window. Flash synchronisation socket.

Identification:
Coaxial flash socket.

With:
Instructions. See-through case.

The first Ful-Vue appeared in 1939, a square-bodied camera with extra large brilliant finder priced at 25/-. In 1945 the camera was re-introduced. The large finder was retained but the body shape was rounded. In 1949 flash synchronisation was added and the camera designated Model II. In 1954 the camera was again re-styled becoming the Super.

The Model II was available in a range of colours - black, grey, red and blue - non-black models were supplied in a plastic see-through case and introduced for the coronation of 1952.

The position of the screws on the faceplate differ on the post-war model (prior to the model II), some, presumably early, versions have the screws at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock others at 2, 6 and 10 o'clock.

Early versions of the Model II had a bayonet flash connector this was later replaced by the normal 3mm coaxial type.

References & Notes:
BJA 1940, pp. 53, 184. BJA 1946, pp. 52, 169. BJA 1951, p. 216. BJA 1954, p. 66. BJA 1955, p. 68. Ensign Photography, p. 6.

Ful-Vue Super

1954

Ross Ensign

London

England

Image of Ful-Vue Super

Shutter:
Single-blade return. T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
12, 2 " x 2 " exposures on 620 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 2 yards.

Attributes:
Large brilliant view-finder. Film advance indicated by red window. Flash synchronisation socket. Cable release socket. Tripod socket.

With:
Instruction book.

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