I’d like to introduce you to an old friend of mine – the Ensign Ful-Vue Super.
It is the most adorable little TLR, manufactured between 1954 and 1959. You can’t tell scale from the photograph, but it fits in the palm of my hand, and that flippy bit on the top? It folds down so the whole thing is a cute little almost-square.
Here’s another perspective, my glasses through the stunning viewfinder:
As you can see, I have loaded it with Ilford FP4+ 120 medium format film. This is not a straightforward task, since this little camera takes 620 film, and you can’t get hold of it for love or money these days. Well, you probably could, if you had enough money to throw at it. But the 120 can be adapted, with a little tinkering, some clippers / scissors and some sandpaper. The plastic ends of the spool need to be cut back to the edge of the backing paper, and their tops need to be sanded down until they are thinner than you imagine necessary. Then it fits a treat.
The last time I used this camera was a couple of years ago. I became dispirited because when I got to around frame 10 the winder lost its grip and kept slipping and I could never get a full roll of negatives off it. Until… today, my Beloved gave me a super-thin metal washer from his toolbox and I hope (fingers are so firmly crossed) that this time around, I’ll get them all…
So – it’s loaded up and ready to go. As soon as the weather improves, I’m off out to give it another spin. In the meantime, here are a few of the shots I got last time around:
I’m happy to have rediscovered my mojo 🙂