Stereoscopic cameras that give the viewer the ability to make 3D pictures have been around for a long time. Read on for a brief history and to see what's up next in the world of multi-dimensional photography.
How many times have you tried to describe something only to be limited by your ability to verbalize the shades, colors and emotions that you felt? With the invention of photography, our ability to communicate took giant leaps forward and since it’s advent, humans have been trying to improve upon capturing photos in some very interesting ways as I found out while browsing the net today.
Take for example, the stereoscopic camera, which creates two images of the same event that, when viewed in a stereo viewer, creates an image that appears three-dimensional with depth and perspective no longer suggested, but right in front of your eyes, just like you’d be seeing if you had been there in person.
Stereoscopic cameras, it turns out, have been around for a long time. According to Camerapedia, the first one was invented around 1847 and most ‘better households’ had their own stereoscopic camera that created pictures either by daguerreotype or calotype. All photos, unless otherwise noted, are from classic-camera.com.
Commercial stereo cameras became widely available at the turn of the twentieth century with the release of Jules Richard’s Verascope and Kodak’s Brownie Hawkeye Stereo cameras. The first two pictures are of early Kodak stereoscopic cameras.
During the twentieth century, two boom periods of stereoscopic photography occurred. The first period occurred, in the 1950’s with the release of the Stereo Realist and the second occurred in the mid-1980’s with Nimslo and Nashika cameras. These latter models offered lenticular printing to everyone (lenticular printing is a multi-step method of printing which produces pictures that move or wiggle when tilted from side to side). Seton Rochwite, inventor of the stereo realist camera, is seen in the first picture, courtesy of Stereoscopy. The Nimslo is seen in the second picture, thanks to members.bitstream.net.
Finally, there appears to be a company out there making what looks like a modern, medium-format film-loaded 3-D camera (photo from 3dstereo.com).
Made by 3D-World this camera gives you six stereoscopic images on a roll of 120 film and it can be yours for the low, low price of around $1,500 USD.
I think this DIY Kodak Disposable 3D camera is much more my speed.