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Those of us with an interest in British cameras will know the Ensign Multex as an interesting and collectable camera from the late 1930s.  It is unusual in being a 14 on 127 camera with a coupled rangefinder focussing down to 21 inches.  

Launched in 1936 as “The British Precision Miniature Camera” it moved quickly through 3 variants (Model I, Model II and Model 0 in that order) in less than 3 years and then disappeared.

I am in the middle of a project to try to understand the development of this intriguing camera across its variants and I would appreciate any help readers can give me.  My aim is to report back via a comprehensive article in Photographica World later this year.

There are two ways in which you may be able to help me.  If you own a Multex, I have produced a survey document to help me to gather data on the production run.  I can send this to you by email.  Secondly, I would appreciate details or copies of any adverts or publicity material you may have access to which refers explicitly to the Multex Model 0.  This appears to be the most common model amongst collectors, but I have not found any advertising which mentions it.


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