|Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:48 am Post subject: Envoy Wide Angle 6x9 Camera
Have you posted more about the Envoy? If not, please do a presentation in the RF camera or equipment photos section, I'd be interested to see the camera and learn a bit more about it.
The Envoy Wide Angle camera.
(Although it was marketed by Ilford, it is not to be confused with Ilford's own Envoy, which is a more conventional 6x6 box camera).
ENVOY WIDE ANGLE VIEW-1 by johnnyh4, on Flickr
This could almost be described as a (1950s) Box Camera, being fixed-focus, but with the additional capabilities of a wide-angle lens, 64mm by Taylor-Hobson, giving an acceptance view of 82deg on 6x9, and offering the choice of 120 roll film or individual plates.
The focus is optimised for 'middle-distance' work (specified d-o-f 10ft to 60ft at f11), with flash synchronisation provided for close-in work in low light. The lens opens up to f6.5, for view composition only when the ground-glass screen is in use.
I like this camera for architectural or landscape subjects; closing the aperture to f22 extends the d-o-f to infinity, but with some vignetting still evident. So for hand-held work a fast film and stopping well down is desirable.
Oh, and it (just) fits into a jacket pocket .
ENVOY WIDE ANGLE VIEW-2 by johnnyh4, on Flickr
ENVOY WIDE ANGLE VIEW-3 by johnnyh4, on Flickr
Some other information from elsewhere is here (it is seen with a variety of shutters: Agilux, Epsilon, Synchro-Compur, ... The Taylor-Hobson lens, incorporating its own iris, just sits inside the host shutter; the iris of the host shutter is not used).
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