Ensign Commando – 1945

Ensign Commando

The English were making these incredibly over engineered 6×6 folders back in 1945.

Originally made for the military by Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Company and later by Barnett-Ensign Ltd. This film plane focussing 120 roll film camera allowed both 6×6 and 6×4.5 formats.

Weighing in 880g with a 75mm f/3.5 Ensar lens costing an eye watering £50 8s 6d (£1800 in today’s money), it was hailed as a “Britain Can Make it” German beater.

Unfortunately, it’s demise (like so many British products) was due to over demand, material shortages and plagued production problems, which was exacerbated by UK retailers preferring to sell higher margin German cameras.

Needless to say, one can look at these as the Norton/Triumph of the camera world….without the oil leaks!

This one is fully functional and only needs some TLC…not bad for £30.