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Kodak Stereo Camera

Jeffrey Winn , Aug 01, 2005; 05:21 p.m.


Earlier today while I was visiting my In-laws, they pulled out some old stereo slides from their wedding in the 1950's, and also photos of my wife as a child. I was very impressed by the condition of these slides. We talked for a time as we viewed the stereo slides with the viewfinder. Then my mother-in-law informed me that she still had the stereo camera that produced these slides. Sure enough, out of a box came the Kodak Stereo Camera in mint condition. By mint, I mean perfect. The box included everything from the owners manual for the camera and viewer, to a sales receipt for additional light bulbs for the viewfinder.

My question to anyone who can help is this: Can you still get the stereo slides processed anywhere? If the answer is yes, I need to borrow this camera, and give it a try. From a quick look at the manual, it seems that you can use standard 135 film in addition to the specified 335 film for the camera. So, if I can find a place to process the slides, I may be able to create a few wonderful memories for my kids to enjoy in the future.

Thanks again for any help!



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Vivek . , Aug 01, 2005; 05:31 p.m.

Jeff, The Kodak Stereo damera does produce brilliant pictures. Yes, it takes normal 35mm slide film. You may need to get it processed but cut it and mount it yourself. Not sure the old Kodak service still exists.

P.S: Why did I type "damera"?. A Nokia type commercial is being tested when "camera"appears in a line. It hotlinks to a commercial!

Sandeha Lynch , Aug 01, 2005; 05:49 p.m.

Vivek, chances are there are going to be a lot more 'typos' in these posts over the next few weeks ... cemera, camera, cumera.

Sandeha Lynch , Aug 01, 2005; 05:52 p.m.

Cemera camera cumera. It probably doesn't like punctuation.

Mike Connealy , Aug 01, 2005; 06:04 p.m.

How about scanning a couple and posting them here? Really not that hard to view them with a little crossed-eye effort.

Vivek . , Aug 01, 2005; 06:04 p.m.


That does not seem to work!

DISCLAIMER: If any hotlinks appear in green with a double underline, please understand that I did not put them and it was hijacked by photo.net for commercial purposes.

Vivek . , Aug 01, 2005; 08:25 p.m.

It is, in principle, possible to scan and post stereo pairs here. I can even shoot with a digicam and a stereo prism or a stereo mirror attachment (Pentax) for the ease.

But, those who have experienced viewing a stereo slide with a viewer would know that they are WORLDS apart.

Absolutely no match at all.

The humble Anastons on that Kodak Stereo Camera provide real magic. My sample has an unreliable shutter at the moment. I was thinking of hacking the camera to convert it to a 24x90 panorama camera. After looking at the slides again, I just can not. I will fix the shutter sometime soon.

Matthew Currie , Aug 01, 2005; 11:17 p.m.

What about shooting print film and then scanning the negs to the format of an old-fashioned stereopticon card? That's always assuming, of course, that you can find an old stereopticon viewer to use.

I have one of these cameras too, but alas, it is sitting now with its shutter disassembled, awaiting a patient time when I will try for the third time to get it to click cleanly and not stick. It's a very simple shutter, but this one just somehow doesn't want to click!

Joseph R. Schlauch , Aug 01, 2005; 11:43 p.m.

Borrow the camera and start shooting. Though the camera represents 50's technology, it has not been surpassed in 50 years. In fact, surpassing it has not really been attempted. Whenever someone sees me with one of my stereo cameras, they all assume it to be a new technology and ask where they can buy one. The old slides you looked at were probably done on Kodachrome, if they still looked good. Most other slide film of the time would have probably faded to a large extent. I have been very much into stereo photography since the early 50's and nothing compares to looking at kodachrome slides through a first rate stereo slide viewer. Anaglyphs and printed stereo cards, as well as stereo pairs online are great to look at as well, but they have never held the same excitement or realism as slides. Of course,this is my own opinion. All the supplies needed to mount stereo slides are readily available on the internet. Even detailed instructions on the mounting process is readily available on line free. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Tom Hildreth , Aug 02, 2005; 07:59 a.m.

Last year I went to a camera show in Massachusetts and there was a stereo photography club there with an interesting display. A couple of months ago I met a guy photographing trains with two cameras in some sort of homebrew mount. I asked if he was shooting two different films and he said no, he was shooting Kodachrome in each for stereo slide shows. Said he was going to England this fall for a big stereo camera slide show. Guess I'm learning that stereo photography has had its followers all along.

Stereo photo cards from the late 19th century are easy to find at antique shops in the New England area. These were used with economical hand-held viewers, and I see these for sale once in a while also. It was all the big rage back then.

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