Vintage Stereo Vivid Rangefinder Camera - Bell & Howell

Vintage Stereo Vivid Rangefinder Camera - Bell & Howell

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This vintage camera was made by the Bell & Howell company in the mid 1950s. It features a silver toned body with black leather on the sides. It comes with the original brown leather camera marked Bell & Howell and TDC. It also has the original strap.

The camera is in overall good condition. We haven't tested it with film, but everything seems to work perfectly. There is some slight discoloration on the front due to the plating chipping away.

It has streamlined 1950s lines and is a very cool looking retro stereo camera.

According to the Camerapedia:

"The Stereo Vivid is a rangefinder camera for stereo pairs of 24x23 mm pictures on 35 mm film. It was made by the Three Dimension Company, a subsidiary of Bell and Howell in Chicago, in about 1954-60;[1] thus it was for a time offered alongside TDC's two other stereo cameras, the viewfinder Stereo Colorist and coupled-rangefinder Stereo Colorist II; it was probably intended to occupy the position that the Stereo Colorist II later did, of a superior alternative to the Stereo Colorist. It has either Steinheil Cassar (in early cameras, according to Welt der Stereoskopie[2]) or coated 35 mm f/3.5 Tridar anastigmat lenses, and a shutter with speeds 1/10 - 1/100 second, plus 'B', and synchronised for bulb and electronic flash. It has a coupled rangefinder, combined with the viewfinder in a single eyepiece. The focusing knob is at the right-hand end of the top housing, in front of the film advance knob; the camera focuses down to about 0.8 m.[2] On top of the top housing is an exposure calculator; the Expo Sure, similar to the one fitted to the View-Master Personal stereo camera. The calculator dial turns as the exposure controls are adjusted, until markings for weather conditions and brightness/darkness of the subject are aligned. The calculator also shows EV values. There is a frame counter next to the calculator, marked up to 30 frames.

The shutter release button is on the front of the body, next to the right-hand lens. There is a spirit level in the frame of the rangefinder window."

This camera measures: 7" x 3.75" x 2.75"

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Reviews (1)


Arrived safely and as described. Just waiting now for photos to come back to see how good the lenses are. This version of the camera has a slight problem with the images overlapping. But that was part of the design (not the seller's fault); some research would have discovered that and should have been mentioned.

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