Ensign FulVue

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The Ensign Ful-Vue was a popular post-war camera. This Mark II model was in production 1946-49 and there was an updated version 1950-53 with a plastic front plate and flash synch.

The camera is about as simple as it gets, tin-can technology with a meniscus lens and a ‘brilliant finder’. Fixed shutter speed and aperture (1/30 at f/11, give or take) so match the film to the weather conditions and rely on lots of latitude to get the exposure right-ish.

One interesting good point that I discovered is that, if you ask somebody to pose for a portrait, they can’t help smiling. The downside of simplicity is having to remember to wind the film on. However, sometimes an accidental double exposure can be interesting in it own right.

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Mine cost less than a fiver on eBay, four years ago, but nowadays they go for £30-£50. If you are into the cynical marketing exercise called ‘lomography’, then get one of these rather than some overpriced Russian tat. It may be crap but, by Jingo, it’s British crap!

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