The Minuta Stereo is bringing 3D back to analog film photography!
Oh, man! Does anyone remember that Nishika 3D film camera? Well, there’s something new and exciting coming to Kickstarter. It’s called the Minuta Stereo camera. It’s a pinhole camera designed to do the kooky 3D photos that we’ve come to know and love. It would mean that you’re going to slow down, and that’s something majorly lacking from photography today.
Minuta Tech Specs
- Load in 35mm or medium format film
- 0.025mm pinholes
- You can use it as a normal 2D pinhole camera if you wish
- Water repellant
- f140 aperture
- 20mm in panoramic
- 50mm in square format
- Up to 24 shots in a square mode in 35mm film
- 8 shots in 35mm panoramic mode
- 6 shots on 120 film
- 333 grams
- Interchangeable viewfinders
- There’s a way to avoid keystoning
- View your creations using the Emulsia Stereo system.
Making Analog Photography Fun Again
A few things are blowing my mind about the Minuta Stereo camera. For one, they made it water repellent. Some of the best times to shoot pinholes are when you’ve got crappy weather. On top of that, there are ways to correct for keystoning. Plus, in a single body, you can shoot 120 and 35mm film. And the aperture is only f140. It’s a very workable aperture where you could go out every day to shoot. How fantastic is that?
There’s always been something incredibly charming about the way European companies approach photography. Everything out there already is fun; don’t get me wrong. But, we need to continue down the path of excitement. And bringing stereoscopic photography back is a great way to do that. Mixing it with pinhole photography is also going to prove to be fun. But, there are loads of other cool things that can be done. Imagine this with CineStill 800T! Or what about souping your film beforehand? The possibilities are almost endless. If anything, I’d love to see how this works with double-exposed film.
3D photography hasn’t really caught on in digital photography. But in film photography, it’s sort of accepted more as being a cheap thrill. 3D Pinhole photography opens itself up to a lot of really cool things, though. Imagine all the things folks have done around Solarography. Now take that aspect of pinhole photography and make it 3D! You’d see the star trails popping out at you! You’d also see the sun’s path along the sky so differently.
But, let’s not even get that complicated. What about a simple pinhole of something like the Golden Gate Bridge? Load your camera up with the Acros 100 or T-Max 400, and you’ve got something you can stare at for a long time. As your eyes move through the entire scene, you’ll probably discover new things. Of course, this is totally a toy for photographers, but the results from the Emulsia 3D viewer can be inspiring.
I understand that lots of folks haven’t had the funds to experiment during the pandemic. But, the pandemic has also opened us up to try new things. Personally speaking, lots of those new things were digital. Lots of folks started turning their bathrooms into darkrooms for developing film. Others finally had time to try a brand new genre.
If you want to support this project, head on over to their Kickstarter.