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Ensign 'All Distance' 120 camera queries

Squire Robert

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Hi,
I have recently bought a 1930's Ensign 'All Distance' camera which takes 120 film. From what I understand the shutter is circa 1/125s and the three apertures are small - f16, medium - f11, and large - f8. So with that I can take some photographs to see how it performs, the image size I believe is 6cm x 9cm and I can expect 8 exposures on a roll.
My dilemma is how do I increment the knob to wind the film on to avoid getting overlapping exposures or large gaps between exposures.
Has anyone got experience of this and any other pointers or advice on using this camera?
Thanks..... Glyn
 

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My dilemma is how do I increment the knob to wind the film on to avoid getting overlapping exposures or large gaps between exposures.
That camera uses 120 roll film so just watch the numbers on the back as you advance. Those films are paper-backed with incremental numbers on the paper.
 

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Thanks roger, are the numbers 1 to 8?
 

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If this, as you say, takes a 120 roll film, then to the best of my knowledge most, if not all, cameras of this vintage will have a small clear red window in the back of the camera. It is simply a matter of winding the the film on until the next number appears in the window. The film will then be correctly positioned for the next shot.
(caveat : Please be aware that I haven't used a 120 roll film since the 1960's).
 

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Yes Paul, it has a small red window. I have been advised to keep this covered as modern emulsion is far more sensitive to light than previous Films in the 30’s.
Your answer is similar to Rogers so I will use the numbers and see what develops, if you will excuse the pun.
 

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Yes Paul, it has a small red window. I have been advised to keep this covered as modern emulsion is far more sensitive to light than previous Films in the 30’s.
Your answer is similar to Rogers so I will use the numbers and see what develops, if you will excuse the pun.
I shoot with an old Brownie camera quite often as well as with a RealitySoSubtle pinhole camera that both have the little window at the back. I only open it when I'm loading or advancing the film and have never had any troubles with it. Hope it works out for you, it looks like a really fun camera!
 

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Can’t wait to see the pictures you take
 
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