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1954-1959. 35mm stereo camera.

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Kodak Eastman: Stereo-Kodak 35 (brown) camera

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by bill339 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:57 am

Seton Rochwite was a camera hobbyist who began designing and building his own stereo cameras in 1929. In 1938, he began work on one that would be suitable for commercial manufacture; he built the first prototype in 1940. He brought it to the David White Company of Milwaukee who, interested in the design, hired him in 1943. The company began advertising the "Stereo Realist" in photography magazines in 1945, although it would not end up being produced until late 1947. The Stereo Realist system proved so popular that several companies, such as Revere, Bell and Howell, Three Dimension Company (TDC) and Kodak came out with their own cameras using the same format. The Kodak Stereo Camera in particular, which was both less expensive and easier to use, might have outsold the Realist, had it been released prior to the end of 1954.
The Kodak Stereo Camera was a 35mm film stereo camera produced between 1954 and 1959. Similar to the Stereo Realist, the camera employed two lenses to take twin shots of scenes, which could then be viewed in dedicated image viewers. The lenses supported adjustable apertures and variable shutter speeds. The camera had a reputation for being easy to use, and sold approximately 100,000 units during the time it was produced. The camera has self-cocking shutter with double exposure prevention which could be overridden by the manual shutter cocking lever located on the bottom of the camera, a fold down rewind crank handle, optical viewfinder directly between the two taking lenses (A spirit level was visible in the view finder making it easier to avoid camera tilt, one of the pitfalls of stereo photography), a frame counter that counted down, shutter speeds of 1/25 of a second to 1/200 of a second plus B, f stop numbers of 3.5 to 22, focusing distances of 4 feet (1.2m) to infinity, and a bayonet type flash connector. By the mid to late 1950s the public's fascination with stereo imaging was fading, and by 1960 the White Stereo Realist was the only stereo camera of the 1950s era that was still manufactured. Realist production limped on at much-reduced numbers throughout the 1960s and finally ceased in 1971. The camera pictured here is in fine condition and worth $110.00 in 2020.

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