The Ensign Multex

Multex Model 1 Black

Early Multex 1 from The Ensign Catalogue 1936.

Multex 1 with 50mm f 3.5 Ensar Anastigmat

Photograph of the Early model. Note the nickel fittings and chrome bezel on the lens with engraved pattern.

The Ensign multex shown here is a Model 0.

The shutter is a focal plane type but very poorly made and seldom found in working order, even after repair the speeds are never accurate. The first models were made with a black finish and nickel controls and lens mount. Very attractive. Introduced in 1936. In 1937 the Model 0 was introduced this model was finished in satin chrome. The words Ensign Multex on the front having the E of Ensign and the M of Multex picked out in red. The camera was of not very successful and was discontinued by 1938.

Technical Details

Lens: Ross Xpres f 2.9 53mm.

Shutter: Ensign Focal Plane, 1/2 second to 1/1000. (Advertised as having 1 second)

Film size: 127 (Vest Pocket size)

Picture size: 14 pictures of 1 1/4" x 1 5/8".

Multex Model '0' Top View

Top view of Multex showing the shutter speed controls, sliding slow and high speed selector and direct view finder. Next to the film advance and shutter cocking knob there is a small window for the exposure counter and a reset button.


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