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 🙂
(And today it’s his birthday 🙂 )
We had a day out in Wells, North Norfolk. It was too cold for much – the wind was bitter – and the sun was flirting with us outrageously. It’d appear for just long enough for us to reach for our cameras, and die just as we’d faffed about with the right settings…
As a result, I have many double exposures on the way – more lessons learned!
This, however, was taken just before we reached the end of our walk, as the sun was disappearing over the horizon in a flourish of flamingo.
I am of course quite excited, since this is a new roll just developed: the second with the Canon AT-1, this time on Fuji Superia 200 film
November Sundays don’t come much more beautiful than this one.
We loaded the children into the car, armed ourselves with cameras of many descriptions, and tea-making equipment, and off we went.
And it was beautiful.
We even saw a muntjac deer, which hurtled out of a bush in front of us, scrabbled to a terrified halt and crashed back the way it had come.