Vintage and Classic Cameras
360° view of Universal, Mercury II half frame 35mm camera, c1945, see below for link to main page

Mercury II (2) half frame camera, photographed for a 360° view consisting of 36 images at 10° intervals and set to rotate at 9 frames per second giving you a tour right round the camera in 4 seconds.

This shows off the camera to good effect, revealing the depth of focus scales on the curved shutter housing. On the front are two knobs above the lens, the left cocks the shutter, two spinning sector discs that rotate at a constant speed. The Right hand knob controls the exposure duration, by altering the position of one of the sector discs, narrowing or widening the slit. Below the lens on the left is the knob that de-clutches the take up spool, allowing the film to be returned to its cassette following conventional 35mm practice.

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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