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Houghton Ensign Focal Plane Camera
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Photos by JPP text by JPP. From the collection of JPP. Last update 2020-02-05 par Michel Rochevalier.

Manufactured or assembled in United Kingdom from (Circa) 1913 to (Circa) 1924.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 9713

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This camera was produced from around 1913 for more 10 years. It has a very particular folding construction and derives from the Ensign Folding Reflex Model D, except that it has no reflex system. It was delivered in two plate formats: quarter plate (3 1/4 x 4 1/4")  and 9 x 12 cm - this specimen has a quarter plate format.
The body is covered in black leather, and the leather bellows are unpleated. It has a large wire frame viewfinder for rapid and easy framing. The shutter is a focal plane delivering speeds in the range 1/15 to 1/1000 seconds plus B and T. Early catalogues refer a minimum speed of 1/10, as in the first model of the Houghton Folding Reflex. The lens is a Ross Xpres of 136 mm of focal length and maximum aperture of 4.5, mounted in a lensboard with cross front movement.

Houghton Ensign Focal Plane Camera
Houghton Ensign Focal Plane Camera

Houghton Ensign Focal Plane Camera
Houghton Ensign Focal Plane Camera - vue de derrière