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Lomo Sputnik Stereo
The golden era of stereo photography took place between the 1890’s and the 1920’s approximately. Many stereo cameras during this era used plates of specific sizes for each model being 120 rolls rarely used. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the stereoscopic photography revived briefly and new cameras using the then most common film formats appeared in the market, but mainly for amateurs. This trend encouraged the Russian maker Gomz, later Lomo, to launch the Sputnik, a medium format stereo camera using 120 film and making six pairs of images per roll.
The Sputnik is a cheap, plain and functional camera made of plastic materials. It has two taking lenses, one containing the shutter and timer mechanism which drives the shutters of both shutters, which are connected by a lever. The shutting speed range is from 1/15 to 1/125. The aperture can be adjusted from the lower rod which connects both irises mechanically.
TheObsoleteCamera® acquired this camera in very poor condition, with a lot of dirt on it, fugus in some lens elements and rusty metal parts. Luckily the fungus cleaned pretty well in ammonia and hydrogen peroxide without leaving any mark. We also covered the inside with black velvet to eliminate reflections and to improve the contrast of the negatives. After the full service the mechanical parts are working well and the test roll showed that the camera is usable again.
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