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.
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.
The camera collapses to a very compact size. The closed dimensions are approximately 1 3/4 by 3 5/8 by 3/4 inches.
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.
Page created January 22, 2002; updated December 20, 2020