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|colspan=2|'''Ensign Selfix''' was a long-running range of [[folding]] cameras made by [[Houghton and Ensign|Houghton-Butcher]] and its successors — part of an extensive series of [[Houghton and Ensign|Ensign]] cameras. The Selfix range was designed for 6×6 or 6×9cm exposures. Some of the 6x9 versions had an accessory mask and a second [[red window]] for 6x4.5cm frames.
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The '''Selfix''' was the name given to a long-running range of [[folding]] cameras made by '''[[Houghton and Ensign|Houghton-Butcher]]''' and its successors — part of an extensive series of [[Houghton and Ensign|Ensign]] cameras.
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==Description==
|image_text= Ensign Selfix 820, c.1952<br /><small>by Bobasonic</small>
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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.
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==Cameras==
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* [[Ensign Selfix 20|Ensign Selfix 20  / Ensign Selfix 20 AutoRange]]
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* [[Ensign Selfix 220|Ensign Selfix 2-20  / Ensign Selfix 2-20 AutoRange]]
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* [[Ensign Selfix 320|Ensign Selfix 3-20]]
* [[Ensign Selfix 20]]
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* [[Ensign Selfix 420|Ensign Selfix 4-20]]
* Ensign Selfix 12-20
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* [[Ensign Selfix 8-20|Ensign Selfix 8-20 /  Ensign Selfix 8-20 Special  /  Ensign Selfix 8-20 AutoRange]]
* Ensign Selfix 16-20
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* [[Ensign Selfix 12-20|Ensign Selfix 12-20 Ensign Selfix 12-20 Special  /  Ensign Selfix 12-20 AutoRange]]
* Ensign Selfix 220
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* [[Ensign Selfix 16-20|Ensign Selfix 16-20  /  Ensign Selfix 16-20 AutoRange]]
* Ensign Selfix 320
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* [[Ensign Selfix Snapper|Ross Ensign Selfix Snapper]]
* Ensign Selfix 420
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* Ensign Selfix 820
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* Ensign Selfix 820 special
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* Ross Ensign Selfix Snapper
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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 320<br /><small>by {{image author|John-Henry Collinson}} {{with permission}}</small>
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|image_text= Ensign Selfix 20 (f7.7 model)<br /><small>by Mario Groleau {{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 {{image author|John-Henry Collinson}} {{with permission}}</small>
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Ensign Selfix 12-20<br /><small>by {{image author|AWCam}} {{with permission}}</small>
|image_text= lens detail<br /><small>by Mario Groleau {{with permission}}</small>
 
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|| ''Ensign Selfix 820 Special, c.1953,<br>with [[rangefinder (device)|uncoupled rangefinder]]''<br /><small>by Walkingpastel</small>
 
|| ''Ensign Selfix 20 (f4.5 model), c.1933''
 
|| ''Ensign Selfix 12-20, early 1950s<br >([[Ross]] Xpres lens,<br>flip-up viewfinder model;<br>others have a telescope-type finder<br>and Rosstar lens)''
 
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|| ''Ensign Selfix 820, with Ross Xpres lens<br>in Epsilon shutter
 
|| Selfix 20's [[red window]]
 
|| ''Ensign Selfix 12-20, closed
 
 
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Ensign Selfix 16-20<br><small>by {{image author|John-Henry Collinson}} {{with permission}}</small>
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==Notes==
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==Links==
 
==Links==
*[http://www.collection-appareils.fr/houghton/html/selfix.php Selfix] at [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/francais.php Sylvain Halgand's  www.collection-appareils.fr]
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* [http://www.butkus.org/chinon/other_manuals.htm List of Ensign instruction manuals] at Orphancameras.com
 
* [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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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.


Cameras


Notes

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


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In French: