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High tech 1929 camera

By HobbitDave
Thanks very much for the kind comments on my last upload of vintage Zeiss cameras.
Thought I'd put one more up - nearly 90 years old
The camera is an Ensign Tropical Roll Film camera, very much the bees knees of its day.
Despite having a sharp British Ross lens, it only had two shutter speeds, 'Instant', and 'TIme exposure'. This particular version was made for the more affluent, out of teakwood and brass - teak was used so that the camera could be used in hot countries without splitting, as the wood has a low coefficient of expansion. The top unfolds, and the image is viewed vertically through a morrocan leather extended view chamber. A black version of the same camera with a leather covering, considerably less expensive at the time, was made for use in Britain, (one of those not very hot countries so cheaper wood was OK to use).
Having refurbished this one it eventually found a home in America. (Nice to work on, too expensive for me to keep Wink

Tags: General Roll film Tropical Vintage camera Ensign 1920s

Voters: GMKhamish, Nikonuser1, ddolfelin and 27 more

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ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
8 Jan 2017 5:21PM
Very interesting!
Good illustration.
8 Jan 2017 5:43PM
Excellent images, most interesting, Dave.
A well detailed narrative, too.

8 Jan 2017 5:45PM
Excellent and interesting images
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2017 5:57PM
An interesting set
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
8 Jan 2017 6:01PM
Looks quite compact, on viewing V4. How photography has come along since this was made! Smile A fine piece of work, well shown off in this set, Dave, and interesting write-up too Smile
Trev Smile
8 Jan 2017 6:14PM
Wow Dave how very interesting. Super shots. Cathy
8 Jan 2017 6:21PM
Very Interesting Dave clever you. How cameras have changed since that one. I forgot to say on behalf of Sapo and Rana thank you for their Christmas present went down a treat. Debs
8 Jan 2017 7:13PM
Excellent set Dave, looks in very good condition,
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
8 Jan 2017 8:12PM
Thanks for the view-- looks rather clumsy, would love to own it!
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2017 9:13PM
Maybe have to get out and dust off my old cameras!!
you have made this look so beautiful
and what art it must have produced
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2017 2:51AM
Such a wonderful original set of this beautiful camera (1929!!) The narrative worked so well at understanding th image contents... Well seen and well executed Dave,
Isabel GrinGrin
9 Jan 2017 7:10AM
Fabulous piece of equipment Dave and a great follow up to your previous image.

ajed 16 60 England
9 Jan 2017 8:51PM
Hello Dave,

I can see where the Ful-Vue design came from, that doyen of the TtV enthusiasts.

Cheers - Jem
Spkr51 5 United States
10 Jan 2017 12:54AM
Very interesting shot ***
tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
12 Jan 2017 4:05PM
Your background info breathes full life into these views of a true old gem. 'Tropics Version' is certainly a demanding equipment standard to meet. Now if only Panasonic could whip up a ' freezing WX' version of our FZ1000s. TG

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