Holga Stereo 3D: A New Dimension of Awesomeness.

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Copying the way your eyes work, this two-lens Holga produces amazing 3D shots.

image from here

You thought you were looking funny in the street with your Holga? Well, try to walk around with that thing, and you’ll discover that you can feel even lonelier… Anyway, we, Lomographers don’t care about our style, but more about our shots.
One day, my friend Ramon sent me a link to an e-bay auction for a weird double Holga. I was since a long time ago interested in stereo-photography, and I had already discussed about it with jeremix who found some stereo-photographs among old shots from his grand-father. So as a normal Lomo-addict I felt I needed one. I bought it (putting once again my girlfriend into a logical state of confusion/desperation).

So what is it? It’s a stereo-camera made out of two Holgas stuck together. Two glass lenses and two colour-wheel flashes… Just like two Holga GCFN side by side, lovely. How does it work? It is based on the concept of visual triangulation, or stereoscopy. Like our own eyes. With our two distant eyes (we’re supposed to have a nose between them), we see two images from two different positions, and then our brain fusions the two images in one 3D image. With a stereo camera it’s the same. Two shots are taken simultaneously and after, you use a kind of goggles in which you put your slides. When you put your eyes inside the goggles, with a light source behind, and as each eye is looking to one different slide, your brain, again fusions them into one. And it’s absolutely amazing! It makes you feel you’re looking at a motionless reality… Just like a Wachowski effect (or chaweemek’s crazy videos)… It’s not possible to reproduce it on paper or internet, but there’s a way around: you just make an animated gif of the two shots alternatively appearing… It results in a flashing image that kind of reproduces the 3D effect… But it’s definitely not as cool as when you look your slides through the goggles…

And of course, as it is a Holga, you can do all the usual crazy stuff, multiple exposures (with crazy combinations, because you can shoot with one lens covered and the other uncovered…), bulb, color flash and so on… I even tried it with two fisheye adaptors and it works fine… I played also with a flashlight in the dark, and despite the absence of background for visual reference, it is still ok. Note that the 3D effect is more intense if the subject is close.

Lomo on.

P.S.: some rater’s shots of the Stereo Holga in action: here and here

You can check out other Holga goodness here

written by stouf on 2009-03-26 in #reviews

56 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Well... The gifs are not working... Anyone could fix that ? Please ?

  2. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Wow, so awesome as always Stouf. I'm seeing a review of the week here.

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    wow! the gif #5 it's effectively 3menDous!

  4. severin
    severin ·

    wow this is amazing

  5. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    i saw an ebay auction for some of these aswell, but did not think anything of it, im amazed at the outcome

    thanks for sharing :)

  6. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    omfg - thats incredible - i want - iwant - iwant!

  7. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    funktastic !

  8. rater
    rater ·

    Yeah! That is great!! As always, a great success!

  9. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    C'est génial!!! Les gifs sont délirants!!!

  10. adbigmilk
    adbigmilk ·

    C'est trop fort !!

  11. tommynorth
    tommynorth ·

    THAT IS RAD TO THE POWER OF SICK

  12. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Great review and shots!!!! Awesome!
    I got a software to make the two fotos in just one so you can see it with 3D glasses, do you want it?

  13. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    AMAZING!!!!!!

  14. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    holllyyy cheese

  15. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah ! So it works for you guys !!! Thanks for all the comments ! And I'd like to thank Ron Cruz for his patience and all his answers to my requests about this review ! Cheers everyone and LOMO ON !

  16. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    WOW!

  17. stinketier
    stinketier ·

    Woah that's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    wow!!

  19. coca
    coca ·

    wow!!!!! amazing!!!!!!!

  20. lomographics
    lomographics ·

    great pictures

  21. tracyvmoore
    tracyvmoore ·

    OMG!!!!! this is the COOLEST thing I have EVER SEEN. Your shots are amazing! Thank you thank you thank you for posting this and sharing it. You just made my whole month. ;-)

  22. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    w00t!

  23. sumlom
    sumlom ·

    WOWOWOWOW! cool!

  24. stoonja
    stoonja ·

    Waou !!! Excellent !!!!!!!

  25. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    pardon my lang. but fugging badhass.

  26. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    Give this guy one hundred thousand piggies.

  27. larslau
    larslau ·

    Soooo great!!

  28. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Hey! great work stouf, was wondering what these would turn out like, have you got stereo glasses as well?

  29. stouf
    stouf ·

    Woo some more comments !
    @ tracyvmoore, thanks a lot ! If you want I can send you by mail all my animated GIFs... ; ))...
    @ mandashitley, Aha ! Great idea !...
    @ kylewis, Yes I have stereo glasses, but it's not the green/red thing, it's just making you seeing each of the two shots with each of your two eyes... And it's really incredible, pure 3D !!!... Thanks again everyone !!! LOMO ON !!!

  30. stouf
    stouf ·

    Woo some more comments !
    @ tracyvmoore, thanks a lot ! If you want I can send you by mail all my animated GIFs... ; ))...
    @ mandashitley, Aha ! Great idea !...
    @ kylewis, Yes I have stereo glasses, but it's not the green/red thing, it's just making you seeing each of the two shots with each of your two eyes... And it's really incredible, pure 3D !!!... Thanks again everyone !!! LOMO ON !!!

  31. stouf
    stouf ·

    Woo some more comments !
    @ tracyvmoore, thanks a lot ! If you want I can send you by mail all my animated GIFs... ; ))...
    @ mandashitley, Aha ! Great idea !...
    @ kylewis, Yes I have stereo glasses, but it's not the green/red thing, it's just making you seeing each of the two shots with each of your two eyes... And it's really incredible, pure 3D !!!... Thanks again everyone !!! LOMO ON !!!

  32. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    no limits for the lo-fi imagination :) fuNNy :)

  33. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    no limits for the lo-fi imagination :) fuNNy :)

  34. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    no limits for the lo-fi imagination :) fuNNy :)

  35. stouf
    stouf ·

    The rest of the gallery is here :

    xtupload.com/pf.php?fid=1254#

    lomo on

  36. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    amazing

  37. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    It's fun~!!!

  38. abcdefuck
    abcdefuck ·

    ...absolutely fantastic!

  39. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    he name of hte softwaer is: stphmkre and you can download it here files.filefront.com/stphmkreexe/;11801133;/fileinfo.html

  40. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Uups sorry for the mispelling!!!
    The name of the software is Stphmakre and you can download it here: files.filefront.com/stphmkreexe/;11801133;/fileinfo.html
    Have fun!!!

  41. -kosmonavt-
    -kosmonavt- ·

    wow! awsome review & great camera :)

  42. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    I'M SCARED BY SHOT NUMBER FIVE!!!! This is incredibly great! I didn't know that something like this was even possible! Nice explanation and even nicer sample shots! Congratulations!

  43. disdis
    disdis ·

    GREAT REVIEW STOUF AND BETTER GIFS.

  44. liquidpapercut
    liquidpapercut ·

    Those shots are incredible!

  45. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    C'est grandiose !

  46. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    These are soo great! Congratulations - always when you think it can´t get better then somebody is coming out with a new creative idea!

  47. goldie
    goldie ·

    wow, I´m speechless

  48. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    just amazing, stouf u are an insparation t us all, u deff set the standards!!!!1 :)
    i now know never t submit a cam review the same week as u hahaha
    congrats!!!!!!

  49. stouf
    stouf ·

    Wawawiwa ! So many nice comments ! Thanks everyone, you made me so happy ! Lomo love to you all.

  50. kernow_and_cambria
    kernow_and_cambria ·

    Saw this on Ebay a while back. Wasnt sure what it would do. Turns out its pretty cool!

  51. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    holy crap no way.

  53. jimw08
    jimw08 ·

    Well done man. The last one works a treat. I've just seen my new camera.

  54. caroni
    caroni ·

    GREAT !!!!

  55. glenn
    glenn ·

    excellent

  56. rocio_
    rocio_ ·

    awesome!!!

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