Lomopedia: Nimslo 3D


Before the dawn of digital apps that can transform ordinary pictures into 3D images, there was the Nimslo camera. This unassuming little black box was able to create 3D photographs with the help of its unique 4 glass lenses and advanced technology (for its time).

Nimslo 3D © Steve Harwood via Flickr, Image used under Creative Commons license

The Nimslo took advantage of lenticular printing to create 3D images out of 35 mm film. Each photo took up 2 frames instead of the regular single frame (18 3D photos can be produced with a 36-exposure film roll). It was touted to be an advancement in photographic technology when it was introduced but sadly it wasn't received well commercially. Jerry Curtis Nims and Allen Kwok Wah Lo were credited for the creation of the Nimslo camera and its corresponding lenticular printing process (although other types of lenticular printing were also present during the time of its conception).

Four fixed focus glass lenses snapped two-dimensional photographs that varied in little in perspective but when spliced together, form a single 3-dimensional photograph. This is where the special printing process comes in. The Nimslo used a LED light to put a green dot in the exposed film that serves as a guiding point for the printer. The lenticular printer then cuts the images into vertical strips that create the desired 3D image effect.

The recent work of photographer and visual artist Josh Ethan Johnson featured the Nimslo and its 3D capabilities. His images-turned-GIFs offer a somewhat refreshing approach to portrait photography.

The Nimslo may seem like a novelty camera with its quirky four-lens setup but its charm still endures especially for fans of the 3D printing process and camera collectors. There's really more to the Nimslo than meets the eye.

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Credits: inkybrown & zulupt

Technical Specifications

Lens: Quadra Lens System: Four 30 mm, f/5.6, Air Spaced Triplets, with Coated, High Index, Optical Glass Elements Pre-focused 6' (2m) to infinity
Focusing: fixed
ISO: from 100-1600 with provision for 1/2-step setting
Shutter: double lamellar type (diamond shaped) Automatic, Electronically Programmed Speeds from 1/30 to 1/500 Second
Exposure: automatic exposure set to be used with 100ASA and 400ASA film, CdS Cell measures light to program shutter speed and aperture size for best combination to achieve correctly exposed negatives
Flash: hotshoe
Film Type: 35 mm
Winding Mechanism: manual, manual film rewinding with button and crank
Dimensions: 137 × 74 × 43 mm (W x H x D)
Weight: 325 grams without case, 423 grams with batteries
Battery: three (3) No.386 Eveready or Duracell, Silver Oxide Batteries. Equivalent batteries are: Maxell SR 43W, Panasonic WL11 and Ray-O-Vac RW24/44

Information used in this article was sourced from Wikipedia, Lomography, Butkus, and Camerapedia.

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  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Anyone, can I ask you how much the price of this camera in your near trusted camera seller place? because nowaday in Indonesian analogue scene this camera are one of two most hunt camera beside olympus mjuII and the price became increasingly high crazy as millenial who willing to buy it with that sicko price. After film now the camera price in Indonesia are totally broken T_T after saw the photo at the article it remind me of action smapler / super sampler lomography camera

  2. allanbendiksen
    allanbendiksen ·

    Hi. I don`t know the actual price, but I bought a brand new, never unpacked from a guy for 200 euro. I live in Denmark.

  3. juniardigiugno
    juniardigiugno ·

    @hervinsyah kamera jaman now. lebih hitz daripada lca pin

  4. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @allanbendiksen wow very expensive, in Indonesia it's about Rp 2.000.000 (S1 = Rp 13.000) btw thanks for the info =) @juniardigiugno mending keneh lomo supersampler nya jun, murmer hehe

  5. spacehead
    spacehead ·

    The Nishika n8000 camera is virtually the same except it has plastic lenses. You can find them on Ebay for very reasonable prices.

  6. juniardigiugno
    juniardigiugno ·

    enya @hervinsyah rada sarupa jeung supsap... mun teu disderi aja pin lewih murah deui paling 50rb :))

  7. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @spacehead thanks for the info 👍 @juniardigiugno disderi mah sanes kamera lomography jun ngke bisi di kick ti grup lomo indonesia 😀😁😂 sigana mah barudak jaman nowaday teh kapincut ku kata2 "3d camera" urg ge kitu basa prtama ningali iklanna d majalah foto jadul 😢

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