Reviewing the Nimslo 3D Camera


The Nimslo 3D was released in 1980 and was presented in Cologne, Germany, at the Photokina exhibition in 1982. The camera was described as a great advance in photography but the sales couldn't keep it afloat. The 3D camera was shortly discontinued in 1990.

The camera takes 3-dimensional photographs with great depth, detail, and color. It uses 35 mm color film, 100 or 400 ASA/DIN, and runs on three nº.386 batteries; it has four 30 mm f/56 Quadra coated glass lenses, ASA/DIN selector, flash hot shoe, tripod thread, shutter release with cable release thread and built-in double exposure control. It is very easy to use: just aim and shoot. The CdS cell measures the light to program the (automatic) shutter speed (from 1/30 to 1/500 sec) and aperture size for the best combination. The camera is pre-focused from two meters (6’) to infinity and the viewfinder has a green/red led for good/low light warning that helps to get the correct exposure.

The Nimslo 3D takes four half-frame photographs, therefore, each shot uses two frames (for example, a 24 frame-film takes 12 3D photographs). To make one 3D photograph, you need to cross the first half of the first frame with the last half of the second frame. The result is one three-dimensional photograph. Use 3D glasses (paper 3D glasses are cheap and easy to find) to enter the world of 3D photo. It really makes you see photography from a different angle.

Credits: zulupt

The Nimslo 3D costs around $20 in many online shops and usually comes with the Nimslo Opti-lite electronic flash with two flash heads: a direct flash head and a bounce flash head (0º, 45º, 60º, 75º or 90º). It's a rugged and well-built camera although it is a bit big (136.5 mm ×73 mm × 41 mm) and weighs substantially but the soft leather grip makes it very comfortable.

There are a lot of things I liked about this camera, mainly its ability to create 3D images. It also produces amazing colors with its sharp Quadra lenses, not to mention it is very well-built for its price. The fact that I found it comfortable and easy to use as a point-and-shoot is just a great bonus. The only thing that I wasn't to happy about is that you can only take 18 photos with a 36-exposure film. That's a real bummer if you're trying to save up on film.

Technical Specifications

Camera type: 35 mm viewfinder lenticular stereo camera
Manufacturer: Nimslo Corp. USA
Film: 35 mm color 100 ISO / 400 ISO film
Lenses: Four Quadra 30 mm f/5.6 coated lens
Shutter: Automatic 1/30 to 1/500 sec.
Diaphragm: Double lamellar, f/5.6 to f/22
Size: 136.5 ×73 × 41
Weight: 340 grams
Power: three 386 / Maxell SR 43W batteries
Film loading: Manual
Film transport: Manual (single-stroke advance lever)
Film rewind: Manual
Other: Cable release socket; ASA/DIN selector; flash hot shoe; double exposure control; tripod thread

This is a review submitted by Community Member zulupt.

written by shhquiet on 2008-10-02 #gear #people #35mm #review #nimslo #3d


  1. swieconek
    swieconek ·

    When you print the 4 pictures of a shot separatly near each other, and you look at it, you suddenly see only 3 pictures with the one in the middle is 3D.


  2. gimmedanegatives
    gimmedanegatives ·

    Thanks for sharing. I just happened to have some 3D glasses right next to my comp. How fun!

  3. johann_affendy
    johann_affendy ·

    rare stuff!

  4. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    You can find it on ebay, it´s not very expensive and it worth it! It´s a great camera.

  5. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    If you don’t have 3D glasses, focus a point between the two photos, cross your eyes to overlap the two images and once you get your eyes re-focussed, you will see the picture in 3d.


  6. miikemiike
    miikemiike ·

    Anybody ever try any modifications? I always thought of using black and white film and taping different color filters in front of different lenses, like a red, green and yellow filter. Should give you 4 different pictures of the same scene. Would this work?

  7. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Yep, In Nimslo 3D you will have four similar fotos but with different colors (due to the filters) but it probably will mess up with the 3D processing. You should try it and see the results. If you try it tell me something so I can see the results.

  8. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Do you have to wear these 3D glasses to get the full effect.

  9. its_gone
    its_gone ·

    Nimslo Doubles Anyone?

  10. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super ! Have you ever tried to make animated gifs ?

  11. inkybrown
    inkybrown ·

    Doesn't this take 4 shots with the 4 lenses? I only see 2-shots in your article. I can't view 3D by crosseyed method with just 2 frames... but I can with 3 or 4 frames.

  12. crowdizzle
    crowdizzle ·

    Its funny, i just came about this article, and im picking up a nimslo tommorrow! Cant wait to experiment with it!

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