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Which Frame Window to Use for 6×4.5 and 6×9 with an Ensign Selfix 320

The Ensign Selfix 320 is a popular medium format folding camera that can be used to take both 6×4.5 and 6×9 cm photographs. However, some users are unsure which frame window to use for each format. This post will provide a clear and concise answer to this question. The photo below illustrates where to advance film for each format, 6×4.5 and 6x9cm

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

To use the Ensign Selfix 320 in 6×4.5 cm format, place the loose frame mask into the film chamber. After loading film into the camera, simply advance until the number 1 is in the left frame window, then after taking the picture advance the number 1 to the right frame window, repeating the same for all 12 numbers. To use the camera in 6×9 cm format, remove frame mask, if in place, line up the film numbers in the right frame window only.

It is important to note that it is very easy to make double exposures with the Ensign Selfix 320. To avoid this, be sure to advance the film after each exposure. You can do this by turning the film advance lever located on the right side of the camera.

The Ensign Selfix 320 is a great camera for both beginners and experienced photographers. It is easy to use and produces high-quality images. If you are looking for a medium format folding camera, the Ensign Selfix 320 is a great option.

Black and white photograph of the Porsche Dealership in Cosham by Darron Barnes

I hope this post has been helpful. If you have any further questions about the Ensign Selfix 320, please feel free to contact me, or leave a reply below.

For more information about the Ensign Selfix 320, please visit the Camera Wiki website. This website provides a comprehensive overview of the camera, including its history, specifications, and user discussions. Camera Wiki website – Ensign Selfix 320

5 thoughts on “Which Frame Window to Use for 6×4.5 and 6×9 with an Ensign Selfix 320

  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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