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==Description==
 
==Description==
The '''Selfix''' range had cameras designed for 6x4.5, 6×6 or 6×9cm exposures. Some of the Selfixes were dual-format cameras, allowing a frame size reduction by means of an accessory mask. These masks were hinged, a clever design that prevents it being lost unlike many other camera makers from that time, and cameras with this capability had the extra [[red window]] accommodating the different sizes.
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The '''Selfix''' range had cameras designed for 6x4.5, 6×6 or 6×9cm exposures. At the time, photographers often distinguish between two series of Selfix models: the pre-1940 and the (then called) "modern" series.
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Each of these series contains three main models for the different picture sizes, and is fitted, in the case of the pre-1940 series, with a whole range of different lenses and shutters. The basic design and manipulation is similar throughout, though the mechanical details of the modern series are, of course, much more up-to-date<ref>Quoted from the Nov, 1955 "Selfix Camera Guide" from Focal Point, fourth edition, pp.3.</ref>.
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Some of the Selfixes were dual-format cameras, allowing a frame size reduction by means of an accessory mask. These masks were hinged, a clever design that prevents it being lost unlike many other camera makers from that time, and cameras with this capability had the extra [[red window]] accommodating the different sizes.
  
  
 
==Cameras==
 
==Cameras==
* [[Ensign Selfix 20]]
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* [[Ensign Selfix 20|Ensign Selfix 20  /  Ensign Selfix 20 AutoRange]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 220|Ensign Selfix 2-20  /  Ensign Selfix 2-20 AutoRange]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 220|Ensign Selfix 2-20  /  Ensign Selfix 2-20 AutoRange]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 320|Ensign Selfix 3-20]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 320|Ensign Selfix 3-20]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 420|Ensign Selfix 4-20]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 420|Ensign Selfix 4-20]]
* [[Ensign Selfix 820|Ensign Selfix 8-20  /  Ensign Selfix 8-20 Special  /  Ensign Selfix 8-20 AutoRange]]
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* [[Ensign Selfix 8-20|Ensign Selfix 8-20  /  Ensign Selfix 8-20 Special  /  Ensign Selfix 8-20 AutoRange]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 12-20|Ensign Selfix 12-20  /  Ensign Selfix 12-20 Special  /  Ensign Selfix 12-20 AutoRange]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 12-20|Ensign Selfix 12-20  /  Ensign Selfix 12-20 Special  /  Ensign Selfix 12-20 AutoRange]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 16-20|Ensign Selfix 16-20  /  Ensign Selfix 16-20 AutoRange]]
 
* [[Ensign Selfix 16-20|Ensign Selfix 16-20  /  Ensign Selfix 16-20 AutoRange]]
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Ensign Selfix 20 (f/7.7 model)<br /><small>by Mario Groleau {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 20 (f/7.7 model)<br /><small>by {{image author|Mario Groleau}} {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 220 (AutoRange)<br /><small>by J. Noir {{with permission}}</small>
 
 
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Ensign Selfix 320<br /><small>by John-Henry Collinson {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 320<br /><small>by {{image author|John-Henry Collinson}} {{with permission}}</small>
 
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Ensign Selfix 420<br /><small>By Miguel Angel Jackson {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 420<br /><small>By {{image author|Miguel Angel Jackson}} {{with permission}}</small>
 
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Ensign Selfix 820<br /><small> by John-Henry Collinson {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 820<br /><small> by {{image author|John-Henry Collinson}} {{with permission}}</small>
 
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Ensign Selfix 12-20<br /><small>by {{image author|AWCam|awcam}} {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 12-20<br /><small>by {{image author|AWCam}} {{with permission}}</small>
 
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Ensign Selfix 16-20<br><small>by John-Henry Collinson {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 16-20<br><small>by {{image author|John-Henry Collinson}} {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix Snapper<br /><small>by {{image author|Old Cameras|collection_of_cameras}} {{with permission}}</small>
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==Notes==
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==Links==
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In English:
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* [http://www.butkus.org/chinon/other_manuals.htm List of Ensign instruction manuals] at Orphancameras.com
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* [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/x/html/page_standard.php?id_appareil=1257 Selfix] at [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/francais.php Sylvain Halgand's  www.collection-appareils.fr]
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[[Category: Ensign|Selfix]]

Latest revision as of 06:08, 12 September 2014


The Selfix was the name given to a long-running range of folding cameras made by Houghton-Butcher and its successors — part of an extensive series of Ensign cameras.


Description

The Selfix range had cameras designed for 6x4.5, 6×6 or 6×9cm exposures. At the time, photographers often distinguish between two series of Selfix models: the pre-1940 and the (then called) "modern" series.

Each of these series contains three main models for the different picture sizes, and is fitted, in the case of the pre-1940 series, with a whole range of different lenses and shutters. The basic design and manipulation is similar throughout, though the mechanical details of the modern series are, of course, much more up-to-date[1].

Some of the Selfixes were dual-format cameras, allowing a frame size reduction by means of an accessory mask. These masks were hinged, a clever design that prevents it being lost unlike many other camera makers from that time, and cameras with this capability had the extra red window accommodating the different sizes.


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Notes

  1. Quoted from the Nov, 1955 "Selfix Camera Guide" from Focal Point, fourth edition, pp.3.


Links

In English:

In French: