Scott's Photographica Collection

Houghton-Butcher
Ensign Midget Model 22

 

Ensign Midget Model 22 Camera

Ensign Midget Model 22 Camera

The Ensign Midget Model 22 was manufactured and sold by Houghton-Butcher of London, England between 1934 and 1940.  It is a simple and compact folding camera taking 35 by 45 mm exposures on Ensign Lukos size E10 roll film.  The shutter has two settings: time and instantaneous.  Focus and lens aperture are not adjustable.  The viewfinder is a simple metal frame.  E10 roll film is paper-backed; a red window serves as the exposure counter.

 

Back of Ensign Midget Model 22 Camera

Back of Ensign Midget Model 22 Camera

This photograph of the camera back shows the film wind key, red window, and metal viewfinder in its stored position.  The chrome struts and leather bellows are also visible.

 

Closed Ensign Midget Model 22 Camera

Closed Ensign Midget Model 22 Camera

The camera collapses to a very compact size.  The closed dimensions are approximately 1 3/4 by 3 5/8 by 3/4 inches.

Additional Information

The Ensign Midget camera was designed by Swedish inventor Magnus Niéll.  Two other Magnus Niéll creations, the Expo Watch camera , and the Ensignette camera are featured on this site.

 

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This page was updated January 22, 2002