I don't belive it stereo

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by walter_degroot, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. call me naive. or something.I sort of stumbled onto this
    and it looks like a real put-on
    suspiciaously like a photoshop of combining 2 cameras
    tell me if it is real or not
  2. These people are located just over in the next town from me... although conveniently based out of a post office box.
    I'm sure you're aware of the traditional stereoscopic cameras - a popular genre that seemed to have disappeared. I almost wonder if this isn't mostly based on that...
    I can state that Carlisle, Mass. has no appreciable commercial center, and is mostly a rural community with gentleman farmers and a smattering of small businesses (an ice cream stand that is popular for instance) and a couple of insurance and real estate offices. I don't recall even seeing a gas station there, although there is a small general store and a flower shop next to one another in the town center area.
    It says to call if you have questions. Give 'em a call!
  3. yes I remember stereo 35mm eisenhower had a stereo realist
    and There were several different similar stereo cameras.
    I also have a viewmaster stereo camera
    and Vivitar made a stereo ( plastic) camera that could be used with color print film
    BUT this looks like 2 slr's were photoshopped together
    and somehow I find it unbelievable.
    I cannot believe that would physically work
    look at the photos.
    if they are a real company, even working out of someone's basem,ent. I wish them well.
  4. Walter, I agree it seems implausible. But the prism housing on these cameras actually looks (to me) like a specially modded piece added on top/over. As to how to meld the bodies together, well, that's a question. And the film path? A double advance perhaps?
    Something that caught my eye was the pair of digital point&shoots glommed together towards the bottom of the page. So it is a site with a dedication to the traditional stereoscopic photography. I know there were cameras made to take stereo photos back in the day. And I have to admit to not being familiar with their form. These might be prime examples of those for all I know.
  5. I knew a guy 10 years ago that had a Miranda camera, similar to a Pentax K1000 or Nikkormat. He wasn't heavily into photography but said that this Miranda body was often "cut in half" (as he said) and made into a stereo camera. I never could envision what that meant.
  6. From what I've read RBT cameras have been around for quite some time doing that same cut and graft operation, and quite successfully, but EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. So, While I wouldn't be buying one, I don't doubt their existence, although some of those might be visual prototypes (photoshopped). That said, Fujifilm has just now brought to market a digital point and shoot Stereo system, with viewer. They only sell it at their own site, not at retail. If they ever hit retail channels, I will probably buy in then. I have an aversion to manufacturers keeping a camera "in-house" to avoid market forces.
  7. NASA has/had the FM10 version on the ISS. I have long lost the image, but I remember seeing a picture of them with all of their camera equipment, and off in the corner was one of those stereo SLRs. It took me about and hour to track down what it was.
  8. I don't kow, but the camera in found in Wikipedia there is a reference to an extensive website of the German manufacturer Where there are large pictures and extensives specs. Link
    Nothing looks, too me, like something that cannot be made. Expensive maybe but real. The Massachusetts address is probably a reseller who buys his stock on demand from Germany.
  9. It's real. Expensive, but real. RBT cameras (and projectors and slide mounts and other hardware) are well known in the 3D community. I have actually spoken to the proprietors of this company (3D concepts) in person years ago at a trade show and they were definitely actual human beings selling real products.
  10. I can't see any photoshopping in those pictures, but actual 3D cameras built from 2 regular cameras. The coolest one I've seen is a Mamiya 7II 3D modification. I can't remember who it was using it, but I think he had dual projectors and made 3D slideshows with polarising filters. It must have been amazing to watch.
  11. Custom jobs like that must cost an arm and a leg. I'll just attach two of my Oly Pens on a bracket, tape two cable releases with duct tape (the handyman's secret weapon) and go for it.
  12. I still find it hard to believe.
    from time to time I have seen photos of stereo
    jason Schnieder often had a short article on some of these cameras.
    Back when I was at NCE, now NJIT, a professor Mainardi
    had a good stereo system he invented.
    an attachment for a typical 1960's RF camera., it would also work on a slr.
    the camera was pointed straight UP. there was a hole in the middle of the attachment and
    the viewing and framing was done thru that.
    the slides had two images head to head horizontal (landscape) format.
    the viewer worked the same way and the light from above shone thru the top and thru the slide.
    the OTHER type attachment, was better known the "stereo tach" that gave two verical ( portrait) images and suffered from sonme keystoning.,
    the Mainardi system was simpler and worked extremely well.
  13. Pentax used to have a stereo attachment which went on the front of the lens and made two images. The images were then viewed with a separate viewer.
    A brochure titled "Pentax Lenses and Accessories" and dated 9/84 shows it as having two small lenses in the front and says:
    "With this stereo adapter, striking three-dimensional slides are easy to make. Simply attach Stereo Adapter II to a standard 50mm lens and shoot at f/5.6 or f/8. After the slides are processed, simply view them in Stereo Viewer II."

    This is from "Consumer Price List, effective February 1, 1982"
    Code (part number)
    30348 ----- Stereo Adapter Set 49mm (includes viewer) ----- $87.00
    30344 ----- Stereo Adapter Set 52mm (includes viewer) ----- $87.00

    The viewer could also be bought separately, which, if you didn't mind the added expense, beat passing one back and forth.

    30347 ----- Stereo Viewer II ----- $60.00
    I always thought of it as quaint and hokey, but now I think it could be fun. I'm sure my GF would prefer the way it would make her boobs look. 8^D
    Speaking of quaint and hokey, they also sold one of those devices that goes on the end of a lens and has a mirror in it so you're actually taking a picture at 90 degrees to the direction you're pointing the camera.

    30355 ----- Mirror Adapter II ----- $157.00

    I think I would have saved some dosh and gotten the Cambron or Spiratone one. I gotta admit, that could have been fun at the beach, even if no pictures were actually taken. ;^)
  14. RBT German made custom built cameras and Stereo Concepts, the US distributor, are not fanciful or fantasy. There are many enthusiastic users of the custom made bodies. Would surprise you. People with deep pockets of course. They are an active and enthusiastic lot. Those without deep pockets still employ 1950s Stereo Realists and other two lens cameras of that period which are surprisingly plentiful and sturdy. (Yours truly being one. Not sturdy, but the camera is:)) There is one new Made in China stereo model for medium format film.
    If you are interested, dear ones, rather than poo pooing something you are apparently ignorant about, (admitting ignorance = no shame, t'is the beginning of wisdom says the wise owl.) check out this here web site for further info.

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