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.
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2 thoughts on “NEWS: Minuta Stereo Stereoscopic Pinhole Camera Kickstarter”
This looks like a very clever design with lots of cool features! I try to make my own homemade cameras as versatile as possible – taking different formats, view-camera style movements, adjustable focal length, interchangeable pinholes… The rise and fall is actually more handy than you might think, even for non-architectural subject matter. I can see that with 120 film, the Minuta Stereo has a 20mm angle of view (35mm equivalent). Some of my own cameras have ultra-wide angles, and when taking portraits, if I place the camera at waist level and tilt it up (if I’m photographing someone on the other side of a table, for example), there is noticeable keystone distortion. That’s why I have rise/fall feature in my cameras too.
I may be wrong, but it seems that with an f-stop of 140, any movement within the scene will be blurry. Therefore, you’d be looking for scenes with no movement. Therefore, a person would be better off getting any old camera with normal f-stops, and doing the cha-cha method for getting stereo shots. And once you have the two shots, they can be sent into the free software called stereophotomaker to perfectly align the images. This is what I’ve done for years with no complaints. On the other hand, for imagery that moves, I have to use my Fuji W3, which captures two photos simultaneously.