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Ensign Selfix 320 How to load film

Recently a customer sent me an email asking, “which frame window do I use for 6×4.5 and 6×9 with an Ensign Selfix 320?”

Never having used one, or being able to locate any information to answer this question. I decided it best to purchase an Ensign Selfix 320. Thought I would try and work it out for myself.

The Ensign Selfix 320 turned out to be a great purchase and a very worth while camera.

Below is a photo illustrating where you advance film for each format, 6×4.5 and 6x9cm

How to load film into an Ensign 320 Medium Format Folding Camera

One thing to note with the 320, it’s very easy to make double exposures unintentionally. If anyone has any great tips to avoid this, then please do post below and share. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, I have made this mistake on more than one occasion.

Using the Ensign Selfix 320 in the 6×9 format produces some pleasing results, (see photograph below). Personally I think it’s an impressive piece of kit for a British vintage folding camera.  Hopefully anyone reading this will find this information of help and discover what the Ensign Selfix 320 has to offer in both formats.

Black and white photograph of a Porsche Dealership by Darron Barnes

5 thoughts on “Ensign Selfix 320 How to load film

  1. Hello
    You wrote: “Hopefully anyone reading this will find this information of help and discover what the Ensign Selfix 320 has to offer in both formats.”
    Your wish came true. I found the picture withe all the grey nuances so nice that I got a Ensign 320 over ebay.
    I havn’t exposed a film yet. But I’m looking forward to do so.
    I like the haptic and the look of the camera as it is. Its so elemantary build.
    To find out how to close the camera once I opened ghe bellow took me nearly a hour. Bit its just nice spending time with it.
    It might become a lovestory.
    Thank you very much for sharing.

    1. Thank you Heinrich for leaving such a nice message. I hope you do indeed find it to be a lovestory.

      I personally find it a joy to use. I like the way it forces you to take your time and think about the image you want to capture.

      Have fun Heinrich and thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Thanks a lot for posting your information,I have found an old 320 which belonged to my grandfather who died 70 years ago after reading your post I think I shall give it a go and take some of the same views that he took.

    1. Thank you Geoffrey for stopping by to post. What a great thing to do in honor of your Grandfather. Wishing you much success and fun. 🙂

  3. I have at least one of most of the Ensign Selfix range range of cameras, but I have searched in vain for years for a metal mask for the 320; I have never even seen a picture of one, let alone got my hands on one.
    I’d love to see a picture if someone can post one.

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