TDC Stereo Vivid
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and anaglyph format. If you prefer a different format or size, please give
the Stereoscope applet a try.
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A Perfect Fit
Medium format stereo slides can be created with any medium format
camera. The Sputnik, Rolleidoscop and Heidoscope are dedicated stereo
cameras that many use to create their images. The Sputnik is easily
available on e-bay for less than $200. The others can cost $2,000 (when you
can find them).
those images is another matter. There have been very few quality medium
format viewers available. If you didn't want to build your own viewer,
there were two choices. You could get the plastic King
Inn or the wood Saturn
viewer. In 2004, however, this changed with the introduction of a new
"steal the light" medium format slide viewer.
I have seen this viewer called the "2Q" viewer, Inovatv
viewer, and the Uni-Colour viewer. Here is my understanding of how
it goes. It is made by Uni-Colour,
distributed by Inovatv and sold by Berezin,
and 3DConcepts. It retails for
$70 (and is worth about $40).
The idea is that you will use this viewer with slides mounted in the
plastic side-by-side mounts. This strikes me as a crazy idea and many
people have spent some time modifying their viewer to better allow it to be used
with the more commonly used 80x132mm cardboard mounts.
I've found that for $2 I can modify my viewer to accept 80x132mm cardboard
mounts and the modification is fully reversible and portable from one
viewer to another. It is something a moderately handy person can do in
less than an hour and represents absolutely no risk to your viewer.
||To build this marvelous device you need:
- 1 worthless 80x140mm plastic mount
- 1 80x132mm cardboard
- 1 2mm black Foamies
- 1 cutting tool (pocket knife or even better an x-acto)
- 1 glue (I used Shoe-Goo)
Quicker than you can say "Martha Stewart" you will have the
perfect 2Q/Inovatv/Uni-Colour viewer accessory.
||Start by cutting a section off your Foamies sheet. It should be
larger than your plastic mount. 90x150mm should work fine.
Place your cardboard mount about 6mm from the edge of the foam. I
used a plastic spacer to ensure that my cardboard edge was parallel to
the edge of my foam.
||Use your cardboard mount as a pattern and cut a U-shaped hole in your
foam sheet. I used an aluminum straight edge to ensure that the
cut was straight and did not cut into my cardboard pattern.
||Split open your plastic mount. If it is like either of mine, it
will require no effort at all. Select one half and trim down all
of its protrusions. You want a flat surface on which to glue your
||Position your newly cut piece of foam along on your newly smooth
plastic mount. Use your 80x132mm cardboard mount to correctly
position the foam. Make sure you are centered left-to-right and
that the bottom and top edges of your views will be visible.
||Glue your foam into place and wait for it to dry.
||Bob's your uncle!