With its size and its weight, the Stereo Jumelle
is a stereoscopique camera which impresses ! Its making is exceptional
and it looks robust.
Curiously, despite it
is without a possible doubt a Stereo Jumelle, on the front plate of the
camera presented here is engraved "Jumelle Photographique" (another
camera made by H.Mackenstein but not a stereoscopic one).
This Stereo Jumelle is equiped of two
lens C.P Goerz Berlin Doppel - Anastigmat D.R.P serie III/o, having a
focale distance of 120 mm. Diaphragms of these two lens are coupled
together with a mechanical arm which synchronizes the aperture wanted.
The shutters, also linked together, have multiple speeds (not calibrated).
This stereoscopic camera can be easily transformed in a mono-view
camera. For that, you need to unlock a latch located on the left edge of
the front plate. When unlocked, push the plate onto the lefthand side.
Proceeding like this, the right lens is now located in the middle of the
optic plan and the basis of the left lens is now closed.
Focusing is done moving the plate supporting the two lens
perpendicularly to the optical axle. This movement of the front plate is
driven by a knurled knob located on the righthand of the camera's body.
The framed viewfinder can be folded and moved between the two axles of
the stereoscopic chambers. And to crown it all, the top of the camera is
equipped with a little spirit level to help align the camera.
Considering the photographic medium, the Stereo
Jumelle is equiped with a very clever magazin. This one is able to
contain a stack of eleven glass plates of a format 9 x 18 cm. After each
shooting, the operator pulled the handle of the magazin. The exposed
plate fall to the bottom of the magazin. When the operator pushed back
the handle of the magazin, the exposed plate was automatically
positioned at the bottom of the pile.