Houghton Butcher 'J-B' Ensign Box Camera

Photograph of a Houghton Butcher 'J-B' Ensign Box Camera

I bought this camera at a car boot sale near Salisbury in July 2004. I was attracted to it because it's larger than the other box cameras in my collection and it conveniently takes 120 roll film.

The first roll of film that I had developed from it taught me a lot about the pre-set focus of the camera. It is much more suited to distance subjects than to portrait shots. A couple of portrait shots that I had taken with the subject even 10ft from the camera came out very blurred whereas architecture which was at a much further distance away was very clear and detailed.

Photograph of Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral

Fuji Superia 100 print film

This shot of the tower of Salisbury Cathedral was taken from inside the restaurant looking up through the glass ceiling. This was the best picture from the first roll of film.

Photograph of Wardaw Castle
Wardaw Castle

Fuji Superia 100 print film - vertical perspective corrected

Photograph of a doorway at Wardaw Castle
A doorway at Wardaw Castle

Fuji Superia 100 print film

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