A new Stereoscopic pinhole camera has landed on Kickstarter by Dominik Oczkowski of Oczko Stereo. The Minuta Stereo is a multi-format MDF wonder that aims to make Stereoscopy accessible to all photographers.
Built from an eco-friendly wood composite with pinholes drilled to the highest precision it certainly looks to be well designed. Interchangeable viewfinders help frame your shots when shooting on different formats, it can be used with 35mm film in both square and panorama formats and square for 120. A nifty little addition is the self-styled ‘eyepatch’ so you can still use Minuta Stereo as a regular monoscopic pinhole camera by covering one of the lenses.
- stereo base: 65 mm (with convergent shift)
- focal length: 20 / 50 mm (135 film equivalent)
- distance pinhole to film: 28 mm
- Ø pinhole: 0,2 mm
- f-stop: 140
- Uses medium format or 35mm film
- 8 different formats
- rise & fall by 1/3
- interchangeable viewfinders with holder
- high precision drilled pinholes
- eyepatch for conventional 2D mode
- 3 pouches for camera and small parts
There is also the option to back the Emulsia Stereo separately or together with the camera. It’s a complementary stereoscope that can also be used to digitise the film you’ve shot with your Minuta Stereo by inserting your smartphone into the holder.
If you’re feeling more adventurous and like to build your own cameras (or maybe you’d like to try) Minuta Stereo will be available to be purchased in its parts. I salute you if this is something you want to try, I can see it would be fun but I struggle with even the most basic IKEA furniture let alone a camera…
I think the shining feature, for me at least, is the ability to have some rise and fall to prevent keystoning. It may not be something you’d find handy all too often if you don’t shoot architecture but I think it’s a great addition that I personally haven’t seen before.
You can check out the Kickstarter here with its multitude of options, you can bag a Minuta Stereo on its own for €160 or with the stereoscope for €246, that’s for the premade versions. The DIY kits will run you less respectively. Kudos to Dominik for creating such a well-put-together Kickstarter. I wish him every success with this interesting camera.