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Manufactured in Grande-Bretagne from 1934 until Circa 1935.
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Thornton Pickard Rubyette N° 2
Thornton Pickard Rubyette No.2

The Thornton Pickard Rubyette was a camera with the basic design of the SLRs of the time, such as the Ruby and similar cameras from other makers. It is however somewhat smaller. It was produced in circa 1934 for a short period, probably because it could not cope with the competition in the same segment, where smaller and more evolved SLR cameras from many makers were arising. This particular model (No. 2) has a revolving back and is designed for 2 ½ x 3 ½ plates or adapters for cut or rollfim. The lens panel is interchangeable.

The viewing hood is a metallic 4-panel structure very similar to the one of Rolleiflexes from the period, with direct view capability. Focusing is achieved by rack and pinion to 2 feet. The mirror is lowered by spring (can be locked) and raised with simple finger pressure.

The focal plane shutter is self-capping and speeds are made through varying slit width. It delivers speeds in the range 1/10 to 1,000 s plus T. The lens is a Dallmeyer Press of 6’’ of focal length and maximum aperture of 3.5.