Stereo Photography - Getting Started
Here is a list of items needed to start out in stereo. It is suggested
here that it is best to start out with a stereo camera, as attempting to
take stereo photos by taking two photos sequentially with a mono camera
shifted between photos, is more complex than using a straight stereo camera.
In addition the results are in general not as good, as objects always move
between the two exposures.
More information for starting out in stereo is available from
the main menu page.
- A Stereo Camera
The most easily obtained stereo camera is the Stereo Realist.
These cameras have were made in the 1950's, but are a true work-horse with
the result that most are still in use today. Prices range from US$100 (for
f3.5 lenses) to $400 for cameras with f2.8 lenses.
The Stereo Realist camera is an excellent camera, and respresents excellent
- A Roll of Slide Film
The Stereo Realist is intended to be used with slide film (although it
may be used with print film). For stereo, fine grain films are most suitable.
In general choose a film with a speed rating of under ISO-100 as these
genrally have a lower grain. For the ultimate in resolution and grain free
results, try Kodachrome 25.
- A Film Cutter
Normally you will need to have your roll of slides returned un-cut (not
mounted into slide mounts). This is because in most places commercial stereo
mounting is not available. To cut your roll of slides a small film guillotine
is requied, or if pressed a pair os scissors will suffice.
The cutter shown is the "Stereo Realist" cutter. It is particularly
good as the film can only be advanced an integral number of sprockets each
time, thus ensuring that the film chips cut are all exactly the right width.
- Some Stereo Slide Mounts
Slide mounts are available from many places. The links
list on this site will assist you to locate a source.
- A Stereo Viewer
The stereo viewer is important as your camera in determining
image quaility, so it is best to get one of the better viewers. Fortunately
the Stereo Realist "red button" viewer shown is one of the most
easily obtained viewers, and it has high quality achromatic lenses. Prices
start at around US$100. The links list on this
site will assist you to locate a source.
- Stunning Results
With this equipment setup, you will get stunning results. Everyone that
sees your photos will want to know more about stereo. But that's half the
thrill - not many people know just how good stereo photography is.
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