Stereo photos of classic 35mm cameras

by Ross Alford

Click towards the left edge of the thumbnails to see a normal B&W photo, or click towards the right edge to see a stereo B&W photo. To view the stereo images, look through a red filter with your left eye and a green or blue filter with your right eye.

Agfa flexilette

Agfa Flexilette, a 35mm twin-lens reflex manufactured in the early 1960s. This example is missing a dull-chrome plate that should surround the two lenses, but it works fine.


argus C3 3d image Argus C3 B&W image Argus C3 thumbArgus C3 rangefinder camera outfit, in mint condition, including Argus L44 light meter, Argus Sandmar 35/4.5 wideangle, Argus Tele-Sandmar 100/4.5 telephoto, Argus Cintar 50/3.5 normal lens, Argus tele/wide auxiliary finder. Changing lenses on this beast is about a 5 minute job, as it requires partial disassembly of the RF coupling mechanism. The C3 was made from 1939-66, but this outfit probably dates from the 1950s.

Bolsey C thumb

Bolsey C 3d Bolsey C B&W Bolsey C, a 35mm twin-lens reflex with coupled rangefinder and optical viewfinder, just for the sake of redundancy. This camera works, but is missing the red B from the finder lid.


Canon IVsb thumb

Canon IVsb 3d Canon IVsb B&W Canon IVsb, an interchangable-lens (Leica screw mount) rangefinder camera manufactured in the early 1950s. The lens on this one was made later.


Canon P thumb

Canon P 3d Canon P B&W Canon P, another LSM ILR. This one was made in the late '50s or early '60s, and was one of the most popular Canon RF cameras, even though it was only made for about 4 years.


Exa I thumb

Exa I 3d Exa I B&W Exa, made by Ihagee in Dresden in the early 1950s as a low-priced alternative to the Exakta. This is an early version with waist-level finder and "stick-shift" shutter speed control. The "shutter" has speeds of B, 25-150 and really is made up of the mirror and an additional bit of metal that raises up to close the mirror box off with the mirror in the up position.


A mint Graphic 35, made in the USA by Graflex, Inc. Based on the Ciro 35, which was bought out by Graflex in the early 1950s. Has pushbutton focusing, using the buttons on either side of the lens to rack it in and out. The large lever to the left of the lens cocks the shutter when pushed one way and fires it when pushed the other.

Krystal thumb

Krystal 3d Krystal B&W Krytstal , made by Krasnogorsk in the 1960s. A very close relative of the Zenit 3 (in fact mine seems almost identical). Shares the Leica screwmount with long back focus with the early Zenit SLRs. Has a really odd hammertone gray-green finish, as I recall on things like 16mm movie projectors from the 1950s, and interesting art-deco lines on the front of the prism.

Zenit S thumb

Zenit S 3d Zenit S B&W Zenit S (sometimes called Zenit C) made by Krasnogorsk in the 1950s. Although McKeown seems a bit dismissive of this camera, I think it's interesting--basically a Zorki rangefinder camera, with added mirror box. Very compact, and although the mirror is indeed set by a string, the mechanism seems simple and reliable.


Retina IIIc thumb

Retina IIIc 3d Retina IIIc b&W Kodak Retina IIIc (Type 021). Made by Kodak in West Germany in the mid-1950s. Built-in uncoupled light meter and coupled rangefinder. Interchangable front lens components for 35mm wideangle and 85mm telephoto.


Miranda D thumb

Miranda D 3d Miranda D B&W Miranda DR. Made by Miranda Camera in the early 1960s. The last model with the upper/lowercase Miranda Camera Co. on the camera. Interchangable finders and screens. This one has an external CdS meter prism. Early Mirandas seem to be high-precision cameras with very smooth gearing, etc, unlike later ones, which work reasonably well but don't have such a nice feel.

Praktina FX thumb

Praktina FX 3d Praktina FX B&W Praktina FX. Made by Kamera Werkstatten in East Germany in the 1950s. A high-quality SLR with interchangable finders, breech-lock lenses made by East German Zeiss, a spring motor-drive accessory, and a separate optical viewfinder, probably for following fast action as the mirror is not instant-return.


Royal 35 thumb

Royal 35 3d Royal 35 B&W Royal 35. Made by Royal Camera Co., Japan, probably in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Has a behind-lens Copal shutter, so you'd think the lens would be interchangable, but it doesn't seem to be. Clearly made to look like a Contax or Nikon RF of the period. Actually seems to be of fairly good quality. The wheel above and to the left of the lens sets shutter sppeds, not focus as it would on a real Contax or Nikon.

Topcon B

Topcon B 3d To0pcon B B&W Topcon B. Made by Topcon (Tokyo Kogaku) in the late 1950s/early '60s. May (?) be the first Topcon SLR. Inverted Exakta bayonet lens mount with external auto diaphraghm. Interchangable prism. A high-quality heavy camera with a precision feel.


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