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Ross Ensign FulVueFlex


Ross Ensign FulVueFlex
Ross Ensign FulVueFlex
with Synchroflash
Manufacturer: Ross Ensign
Produced: 1957 - 1959
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Pseudo Twin Lens Reflex
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 2¼ in
No. of Images:12
Lens Type:Astaross Meniscus
Focal Length:75mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:3m - inf.
Aperture Type:fixed
Shutter Type :Single blade return
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/40 sec), B
Size Closed(w x h x d):95 x 110 x 95 mm
Size Open(w x h x d):95 x 145 x 95 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

Limited: Minor and insubstantial


Successor to the Ross Ensign Ful-Vue Super, this camera was a much simplified construction. Both body and lenses are made of plastic and it uses 120 film. This is the last camera to be produced by Ross Ensign. There are some reports that it was made in India but assembled in United Kingdom from 1957 to 1959. It is a pseudo TLR because there is no adjustment focus for distance.

The Astaross lens is fixed-focus with a fixed f/11 aperture. The shutter has a single instantaneous speed and a B setting. The body splits in half diagonally for film loading, released by turning a small metal plate on either side. It is synchronised for flash with flash sockets on the side. It has a flip up hood to shield the large viewfinder. The viewfinder is easy to use and is exceptionally bright. There is no tripod mount. The red window has no shield.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available from photographic outlets.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

Remember that the exposure guide in the camera user manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summer's day (May-August) in the UK.

This camera has an f/11 aperture and a shutter speed of about 1/40s

The slow shutter speed means that you need to hold this camera steady when taking photographs.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/40s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/11+3 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/11+2 Stops
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/11+1 Stops
OvercastBarely visiblef/11Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/11-1 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/11-2 Stops
Not Acceptable