Last modified (7th update): September 28th, 9.00 am (local time, Cologne)
If you are planning to come to Photokina, there are a couple of companies to visit. Below is a quick overview of some of the companies offering stereoscopic products and/or services.
Hall 2.1 / Booth A 14/B 16: Seitz Phototechnik AG
Seitz still offers a special 3D-bracket to mount two of its Super 220 VR panoramic camera heads side by side. Stereo panoramas (360 degrees) can be taken.
Hall 2.2 / Booth B 30/B D 39: Olympus Imaging
A large-format anaglyph print lures visitors to one part of the booth. Red-cyan anaglyph glasses are available free of charge. They also offer a free CD-ROM with Olympus' Master Plus Software, which claims to convert 2D images to 3D. When using it with uther media than SD cards, id soes not work (so they claim), and an update is necessary. However, the quality of the conversions is extremely bad, not justifying to spend any money on this software but rather spend some extra money to buy a second camera to shoot real stereo.
Hall 3.1 / Booth B 10/C 19: Lindemanns Buchhandlung
Lindemanns, one of the major photographic bookstores, also sells a few stereo-related books, including one on stereo nude photography and also a book with anaglyph phantogram images.
Hall 3.1 / Booth D 18/D 16: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stereoskopie e.V. (DGS)
German 3D-Club. There's usually a happy crowd of stereo enthusiasts around to keep you busy.
Exhibits this year include Lenticular images by Igor Tillmann, cameras and a digital viewing-box by Jacob van Ekeren as well as a digital stereo projection of still and moving images in HDTV resolution, presented by Werner Bloos.
Another unique digital projection, using red/cyan anaglyph glasses, features various phantogram animations by Achim Bahr (robots and fish). Mr. Bahr claims that this is the world premiere of animated phantogram projection.
Hall 4.1 / Booth E 31: Cerion GmbH
This company generates cubes of optic glass with an embedded portrait. They use a digital two lens stereo camera (a third lens projects strip-patterns and colors on you while the other two lenses take your picture) system to capture the portrait and to computer-generate a "cloud of dots", which will later be burned into the crystal by a laser.
Hall 4.1 / Booth H 21: ADF
At the ADF booth, H.C. Top Systems distributes the image processing software Zoner Photo Studio 8. One feature: you can take a stereo pair and convert it to an anaglyph image. The software automatically finds identical points in each of the images and supposedly makes automatic corrections. However, the sample images were horrible and the "adjustments" not convincing. Quite disappointing - especially since they have sample images in a separate gallery in Hall 5.2, which were technically and aesthetically much better.
Hall 4.2 / Booth B 31 et. al.: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
Fuji displays a total of 5 reflective holograms, at two different locations on their booth. This is to advertise Fujifilm's Silver Halide Holographic Film F HL. This film is suitable for most laser types and has a resolution of more than 3,000 lines per millimeter. The largest available size is 1 m by 10 m (1 roll), sheet film is available up to 50 x 60 cm.
Hall 5.1 / Booth C 10/D 19: Dr. Gilde System-Kamera-Technologie GmbH
The manufacturer of medium format (stereo) cameras is a guest at the Schneider Kreuznach booth. On display, among various 2D cameras, is a stereo camera and two medium-format viewers.
Hall 5.1 / Booth C 19: Komamura Corporation
Komamura presents the new Horseman 35 mm rangefinder stereo camera. The camera has an electronically-controlled focal plain shutter with speeds ranging from 8 seconds to 1/1000th of a second and takes stereo pairs 24 x 32 mm in size on regular 135 film. The lenses are 38 mm f/2.8 with the closest focus at 0.7 meters.
The stereo base is 34 mm - and therefore suitable mostly for close-up photographs.
DX-coded films can be used - but the film speeds can also be set manually from ISO 25 to ISO 3200 in 1/3 steps. The film is transported by a motor-drive and there are three shooting modes: S (single), C (continuous) and M (Multiple Exposure). The latter does automatic bracketing.
At 166 x 82 x 66 mm, the Horseman 3D camera is fairly compact - but not a lightweight camera at approximately 900 grams.
Hall 5.1 / Booth C 20: Facestation Limited
Facestation is an integrated image capture and printing system that offers full color 3D animated portraits in real time. The image is captured by 9 cameras, arranged in a section of an arc, then processed digitally and printed on an ink-jet printer. Aligned with a lenticular screen, the final 3D-portrait is ready in less than 5 minutes.
The system is ideal to take portraits at amusement parks, or other places of interest with a high visitor frequency. The sample images on display are quite impressive.
Hall 5.1 / Booth C 28: Monochrom GmbH
This company distributes two stereo system: the lower budget "Loreo" Stereo Camera and viewer, plus the new Chinese Medium Format Stereo Camera by Hangzhou 3D World Photographic Equipment Co. (see separate entry, below). Apart from that, Monochrom sells archival products, including acid-free and buffered cardboard boxes to store antique stereo views.
Hall 5.1 / Booth D 21: Lee Filters
Numerous plastic and gel filters are available from Lee Filters - also suitable for making anaglyph glasses.
Hall 5.1 / Booth D 19: Fotoman Camera
The Hong Kong-based company produces affordable medium format panoramic cameras. A person from the USA has created a stereo lens panel for the camera, and Fotoman will modify cameras so they can accept a septum in the back. They will also add a second film-counting window. However, Fotoman will not market the camera themselves - this will be done by that aforementioned individual - who can be contacted through Fotoman.
Hall 5.1 / Booth H 14: Hangzhou 3D World Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd.
This company offers a twin-lens reflex viewfinder camera for medium-format (120 film). The separation of the f/2.8, 80 mm focal length lenses is 63.5 mm and the focus is manual from 0.8 mm to infinity. Shutter speeds range frome one second to 1/500th of a second, plus B.
The complete system includes a camera, a mounting-jig (for both 54 mm and 52 mm version of stereo slide mounts), a hand-held "steal-the-light" medium-format stereo viewer and ten pairs of stereo slide mounts.
Hall 5.2 / Area near C/D 22: Anaglyph exhibition
A large exhibition of numerous anaglyph images is on display. Images were taken by Karl-Heinz Georgi and Katrin Schmidt. The stereo pairs were then converted to anaglyphs with the software Zoner Photo Studio 8 (see report about it in the Hall 4.1 section)
Hall 7 / Booth E 51 A: Tohkay Sangyo Co., Ltd.
The company from Tokyo offers the Peak stereoscopes, well-known since many years.
Hall 7 / Booth E 69 E: Kelika Digital Science Co., Ltd.
Lenticular conversion software and large format lenticular screens are sold by this Chinese company. The sizes are up to 1.25 x 2.5 meters. with prices ranging from 2 Euro to 14 Euro per square meter.
Hall 10.1 / Booth D 29: Contento
Another company producing cubes of optic glass with an embedded portrait made of a "cloud of dots", burned into the crystal by a laser. A small key-ring image is produced and sold for 15 Euro, larger glass cubes sell for 40 EUR.
Hall 10.1 / Booth E 20: Breuckmann GmbH
Breuckmann offers a digitizing 3D camera, using two lenses to capture two views, and another lens in the center to project a strip-pattern on the object. Later, a computer will calculate a 3D model from the two views to produce a solid model, made of wood, plastic or plaster.
Hall 10.2 / Booth C 18: Kinetronics
Another company selling the Peak stereoscope.
Hall 10.2 / Booth C 64: Dinamix
Amimated lenticulars, which are moved by an electro-mechanical device to change the images even to a stationary spectator. However, no 3D-images are offered.
Hall 10.2 / Booth D 11: Maco Photo Products
They still sell 127 roll films in various styles (200 ISO Color Negative and 100 ISO Black & White Negative). Some historic stereo cameras (Nordetta etc.) used this film. The 100 ISO Color Slide film has recently been discontinued, but they hope to offer a replacement in the not too distant future.
These are the companies tracked down so far. Updates will be published regularly, approximately twice daily.
For "up-to-the-minute" 3D-information and questions, we can be reached by mobile e-mail (use the e-mail address published at http://www.stereoscopy.com/contact) and we will try to reply within one hour during regular Photokina hours.