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Ensign Selfix 820 Folding 120 roll film camera C1950

The Ensign Selfix 820 is an English made, simple strut braced, self erecting folding roll film camera for 8 frames 9 x 6cm or 12, 6 x 6cm, the blanking off of the frame being effected by two hinged panels at the focal plane. The viewfinder needs to be released separately. Donated in 1987, but with many problems - including a very recalcitrant Epsilon shutter. It was finally rebuilt in July 2002. Epsilon shutters are not as well made as Compurs, but are fairly easily repaired. The problem with this Epsilon turned out to be dirt (as ever) but mainly mushrooming of the shutter cocking lever at the point where it contacts the slow speed brake. These two levers connect with a certain amount of gusto when the shutter is fired at speeds longer than 25th sec. the result, over many exposures, is for the levers to develop a "hook" that causes them to stick. Owing to the design of the cam ring inside the shutter, DO NOT alter the shutter speed from 1/25th to 1/10th WITH THE SHUTTER COCKED, it will protest and although it can be forced - the strain on the cam follower will be severe. The camera features double exposure preventions and body shutter release.

Ensign Selfix 820 Folding 120 roll film camera C1950

Body No. E28884
Shutter,Epsilon, speeds T, B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 & 250th
Lens No.23261, Ross Xpres 105mm f/3.8
Condition, 5F

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