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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; 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) 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. 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.
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- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p123.
- Stereo Vivid at Welt der Stereoskopie; text in German, with several pictures of the camera, a TDC stereo viewer, and an advertisement showing it and the Stereo Colorist.