Rubyette - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Rubyette

1935

No 3

Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co.

Altrincham

England

Image of Rubyette

Lens:
f4.5, 4 ⅛" Dallmeyer Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 188777 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/1000, T. Self-capping. Variable slit width to regulate exposure.

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany body, leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 3 " or 2 " x 3 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Stevens' patent ground glass focusing screen with combined condenser. Eye-level frame finder.
Mirror pulled down by spring, raised by finger pressure without tripping. Mirror drops when pressure is removed. Mirror can be locked in up position.
Reversing back. Quick change arrangement to the dark-slides.

Movements:
Rising front.

With:
Rear focusing screen.

The Rubyette was one of the last reflex models from T-P, the small plate size has resulted in a camera a good deal smaller than traditional models. The sports finder superficially resembles those fitted to the Rolleiflex but it is a simple finder without the mirror of the Rolleiflex.

Three versions were made:

  • No 1 - For 2 " x 3 " plates, fixed format.
  • No 2 - For 2 " x 3 " plates, with revolving back.
  • No 3 - For 3 " x 3 " or 2 " x 3 " plates, with reversing back.
The cost of the No. 3 was 14.0.0, the Stevens screen was 1.1.0 extra.

Lenses available were:

  • f4.5 and f3.5 Dallmeyer Anastigmat
  • f4.5 and f3.5 Zeiss Tessar
  • f4.5 and f3.5 Ross Xpres
  • f3.5 Dallmeyer Dalmac
  • f2.9 Dallmeyer Pentac

References & Notes:
BP 378270/1932 (Stevens condenser). Reflex & Press Cameras, c. 1935. BP 292680/1928 (covers the camera handle).

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