Ensign Selfix

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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.


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.



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


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