Ruberg-Futuro

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The Ruberg-Futuro is a metal-bodied camera with a Bakelite screw-tube lens, made by Ruberg & Renner in Hagen, Germany, c.1933. The camera is fitted with a fix-focus Rodenstock Periskop f/11 lens. The everset shutter has T and I settings only. The Ruberg-Futuro takes 3x4 or 4x6.5cm exposures on 127 film. The top of the camera has a serrated film advance knob on the right and a simple flip-up frame viewfinder. When the helical focussing tube is fully extended, the viewfinder automatically pops up. The body of the camera is smooth and the ends are rounded. Some examples have a red enamel finish.[1]

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Name Variants

Observed name variants are

  • Ruberg
  • Ruberg-Futoro (possibly a branding for the English-language market)
  • Hollywood (possibly a branding for the French market[2])
  • Hollywood-Duplo [3]
  • Witte Kat (for the Dutch market)[4]

Second Model

A second variant exists with a more angular body shape. In addition to name on the shutter face, many examples this variant also carried the name as a small tag affixed to the left front. The round film advance knob has frequently been substituted by a key. Colour variants observed are red and blue. [5] The paint exhibits a distinctive crackle pattern.

Name Variants

Observed name variants are

  • Dixie (with knob instead)[6]
  • Ruberg (with key[7] and with knob [8])
  • Ruberg-Futuro
  • Hollywood (possibly for the French market[9])

Notes & References

  1. Ruberg-Futuro on pbase.com
  2. A camera with French inscriptions on the shutter face (via Flickr)
  3. Sylvain Halgand's site
  4. 'Witte Kat'=White Cat, possibly branded for a Dutch distributor of batteries Dutch cameras
  5. Observed in on-line auctions
  6. Ruberg Dixie
  7. Seen in an on-line auction
  8. Seen in a Spanish on-line auction
  9. A camera seen in an on-line auction has French inscriptions on the shutter face
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