|Thornton Pickard, Junior Special Ruby Reflex (360° Rotational View only, see below for link to main page)|
| Junior Special Ruby reflex,
photographed for a 360° view consisting of 36 images at 10° intervals.
These big wooden SLRs from the 1920s were never going to win a camera beauty contest. Here the Ruby pirouettes so you can identify all it's salient features. The Ruby's viewing hood hatch is hinged at the front, the contemporaries like the Butchers tended to be hinged at the rear, which helps in identifying an unmarked Thornton Pickard camera. The style of the shutter speed selector ring is distinctive too, with a small nickel plated button at the bottom that allows the shutter to move into the timed or bulb position. The Bakelite focus a speed selector knobs are plain, though distinctive too. In this image, the viewing hood is fully open and the ground glass screen has been put in the plate holder, and left open too. The lensboard has a slight rise set as well. The lighting was deliberately harsh just to brighten up, what is otherwise, a big black box. The original set I made for making these rotating images has fallen into disrepair, and is now too tatty to use. Accordingly a rather more time consuming method had to be used here.
Start the image spinning by putting your cursor over the "Spin" side of the image, you can pause the animation in any position by touching the "Pause" side.
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