Minuta stereo camera and viewer (Pic: Oczko Stereo/Kickstarter)
The camera also comes with a bespoke viewer (All pics: Oczko Stereo/Kickstarter)

A new pinhole stereo camera and viewer has been launched on Kickstarter.

The Minuta Stereo is the brainchild of Dominik Oczkowski, an architect and stereo photographer based in Munich in Germany. The camera was launched on Thursday (4 March) and the Kickstarter

It is mixed format, allowing you to shoot both 35mm and 120.

The camera’s technical details, according to the Kickstarter page, are:

  • stereo base: 65mm (with convergent shift)
  • focal length: 20/50 mm (135 film equivalent)
  • distance pinhole to film: 28 mm
  • Ø pinhole: 0.2 mm
  • f-stop: 140

Minuta Stereo (Pic: (Pic: Oczko Stereo/Kickstarter)

“The high precision parts are laser-cut out of an eco-friendly wooden composite. The solvent-free paint makes them water-repellent,” says Oczkowski.

He says most of the cameras moving parts – such as the winding knobs and the shutter lock – are magnetic.

Oczkowski’s experience as an architect means the camera has an optional rise-and-fall movement to prevent keystoning. This means the Minuta Stereo can be pointed up or down without having to physically tilt the camera.

Minuta Stereo interior (Pic: Oczko Stereo/Kickstarter)

The camera will take 20-24 stereo pairs on a roll of 35mm film, eight pairs in panoramic mode, and

“Capturing one motif from two slightly different perspectives will generate stereo photo pairs,” says Oczkowski. “You can share these on social media or generate wiggle GIFs. But only viewing through a stereoscope and merging pairs into single 3D images will let you feel in a different place. Instead of looking onto a photograph, you will have the sense of being within the depicted environment. At the same time what you will view is a conserved light probe of a past moment.”

Also available is the Emulsia viewer, which allows you to view slides in 3D or images on a stereo app on your smartphone.

Format diagram (Pic: Oczko Stereo/Kickstarter)

According to the Minuta Stereo Kickstarter page, the viewer allows you to:

  • view 35 mm slide pairs in front of the diffusor screen – there are special MDF slide frames, but you can also use common ones (RBT)
  • view medium format slide pairs
  • digitise negative film and insert your smartphone into the stereoscope
  • detach the viewer to use it with a tablet or computer screen
  • detach the glasses to get a lorgnette style viewer for non-illuminated 3D prints
Example of pinhole stereo (Pic: Oczko Stereo/Kickstarter)
An example of how the images can be turned into a 3D digital image (Pic: Oczko Stereo/Kickstarter)

The Emulsia Stereo viewer costs €96 (£115/£83) and the camera cost €160 ($193/£138) separately, with both together costing €196 ($235/£169). The campaign is looking for $27,500 by 6 April and at time of writing had raised a little more than $19,000.

Rewards are expected to ship in July.

 

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