For the past while I have wanted to shoot medium format film. I have several old 35mm cameras but the fun and the benefit shooting medium format is that you have a far larger film area to play with, which produces better results. For years professional photographers have shot medium format and still do, wedding photographers, product photographers, fashion photographers plus many more. What made 35mm film popular was photo journalists, it was quicker to load and more practical to store, 36 shots on a roll that was protected in a case when exposed.
I came across a medium format bellows camera in an antique shop last weekend and the best thing it was in perfect condition and cost only 30 euros. What a find! The model was an Ensign Ranger Special, a medium format camera, english made circa mid 1950s. The mechanisms are perfect, the Epsilon shutter releases smoothly and the 105mm lens seems clear of fungus.
With medium format, 120 or 220 film you can get 12 or 24 shots but if you choose a bigger frame (6×7) you get 8 or 16 shots. After buying the camera I called into the local camera shop to purchase some 120 film, he had 2 roles left and offered them at half price. The reason being it was out of date by a year or two but as along as it is stored properly it should be fine. Alas the Ensign company gave way to cheaper cameras from abroad and closed their business, which also included film manufacture.
This weekend I will be testing the camera, not with the Ensign Panchromatic, but with the out of date FUJICOLOR PRO 160NS. Check out the blog next week to see the results.