WELCOME

TO SAM'S STEREOSCOPIC PAGE !

This is my personal site to show off some of my home-made Stereo Cameras and Equipment, as well as a collection of my images.


  What is a stereo camera? It's a camera that takes three-dimensional or Stereoscopic photographs. Why make a stereo camera? Most stereo cameras around today are either antiquated, poor quality or extremely expensive. Custom-made or modified rigs can be relatively inexpensive, and allow you to personalize equipment to suit your individual needs. Unfortunately I do not have the time these days to explain how to make these, but hopefully my pages will at least inspire others to try their own creations.
Sam and Miranda Smith    

Here is a small sample of my 3D projects:

[Macro Wirgin]
STEREO MACRO WIRGIN

This is a more practical approach to the famous Macro Realist which sells for ridiculous amounts of money for what it is. I get standard Realist format pairs with this, and can take subjects from 6" to 20" away. 

[Stereo Petri]
The STEREO PETRI

This is a very simple siamesing of two inexpensive Petri 35mm rangefinder cameras. It has a true stereo viewfinder, 24x30mm stereo pairs, and a copal shutter for speeds up to 1/250th 

[Stereo Isolette]
The STEREO ISOLETTE

Another merging using relatively low-cost cameras, namely Agfa Isolettes. Compact medium format stereo. 

 

[Stereo Lomo]
The STEREO LOMO

This was a stereo camera in a hurry. I needed horizontal format stereo during a stay in Asia a few years back, so I cooked this up using russian Lomos I'd picked up in Vietnam for a few bucks. With little more than some crazy glue and a hack saw blade I threw this together, and managed to get some pretty good stereo shots of China and Burma with it! 

[Stereo Pro]
The STEREO PRO

Probably my favorite creation to date. Having never been happy with the old 120mm stereo cameras, I really wanted something that put out crisp color stereo in 55mm x 55mm stereo pairs. The body contains parts from 3 Yashika TLRs, but the lenses took 6 bodies until I found the perfect match. Considering the labor and $$$ I put into this, I'm sure glad it takes good pictures! The metered prism is from an old Kiev. (click on image for more info)

[Stereo Ricohflex]
The STEREO RICOHFLEX

A very economical and simple project using 2 Ricohflexes. It uses two rolls of 120 film. The shutters are merged into one, the focus is coupled, but the apertures are still independant. 

[Stereo Viewer]
MULTI FORMAT STEREO VIEWER

Not wanting to be known for just my salvaging of old cameras, I made this viewer completely from scratch. All brass parts were turned, milled and machined from brass stock.The column is solid steel and brass, and made to look like the Calgary Tower, a local landmark. The bellows are also handmade. 

As for features, the viewer has focus, interocular and tilt adjustments. The slide carrier adjusts for different formats from medium format down to Realist format. The standard lenses are 40x84 achromats, with supplementry lenses for viewing 35mm images. The bellows can be removed for viewing prints, and tranparencies can be viewed with natural, incendescent and flourescant light depending on attachment. I may be producing a similar viewer for commercial use in the near future. 

CHECK OUT SOME OTHER STEREO HACKERS ON THE

"STEREO HACKER PAGE"

FIRST TEST! SAM'S 3D GALLERY

for LCS Stereo Glasses or other 3D formats using DepthCharge™


Are any of these cameras for sale?  

Unfortunately, I do not have the resources to stock any of these items, although I sometimes have cameras or other 3d items for sale. Due to both the complexity and uncertainess of custom one-of-a-kind projects, I no longer take requests to have unique cameras built

Although I am always happy to talk to other 3d buffs, please not not ask me for step-by-step instructions on how to make any of these. General questions or tips on finding supplies are welcomed. 

If you do become inspired to try your own projects, please do so at your own risk. It can be a very rewarding hobby, but it can also be one with a lot of sweat and frustration!


 
 

Want to learn more ? Here are some other LINKS to popular 3-d photo sights as well as suppliers of cameras and supplies.

SAM'S WANT LIST !!!

If your have anything on this list, please let me know.

Copyright © 1999 Sam Smith email: 3dhacker@cadvision.com

Most recent revision Sept 1, 1999