Iloca Stereo II
The Iloca Stereo II is a 35mm stereo camera made by Iloca from 1951 to 1953. This camera was a new design to replace their previous models. The camera was completely redesigned, changing the format from 7p to Realist 5p standard, separating the lenses more, and by improving film loading and transport.
Iloca changed the format of the pictures to the Realist (5p) standard 23×24mm stereo pairs from the European version used in the Iloca Stereo I and Ia. The film loading was also simplified, by having a removable back, and Iloca printed instructions inside the chamber, but still there is a need to extend the film leader, by cutting an extra 15 sprockets, for the mechanism to operate properly.
Due to all the mechanical changes, and the desire to keep the camera square with no protrusions, the Newton optical finder is in an unusual location, below the taking lenses, and is very small for today's standards. An accessory rapid finder was available which had a spirit level built in and made framing more efficient .
This camera is fitted with a central Prontor-S shutter (B,1,2,5,10,25,50,100,300). And has two Jilitar 3.5cm f/3.5 lenses, separated ~70mm with coupled focusing. The lenses accept series V filters and accessories (32mm push-on or 30mm screw).
The camera has double-exposure prevention built in, but a small lever allows for intentional double exposures. Film advance an rewind levers are on top of the camera, and shutter must be cocked before shooting. (Before shooting, the film sprocket wheel must be moved to allow the shutter release)
Iloca Stereo IIa
An improved version, named IIa was produced from 1953 to 1956. It brought mostly cosmetic changes to the II and used the same lenses, shutter and accessories. However, some late examples use Isco-Göttingen Westar 35/3.5mm lenses or Isconar 35/3.5 (Cooke triplets) and some were coated (marked with a red C).
Among the changes, film advance and rewind wheels, and accessory shoe are flushed with the top of the camera, there were cosmetic changes to leatherette and chrome trim. In this camera the intentional double exposure lever has been removed and the shutter cocking lever also serves as a rewind clutch. The camera is large (1875x82x60mm) and heavy (770 g)
This camera was sold by Sears as Tower 83 Stereo in the USA. Prontor-S shutter
- Camera Type: 35 mm Stereo Camera
- Format: 135 Film; Realist (5p) format producing image sizes 24mm x 23mm
- 28 pairs on 36 exp film.
- Shutter: Prontor–S with speeds 'B', 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/300 sec, Delayed Action Lever
- Lenses: Jilitar 35mm f/3.5
Tower 83 Isco Gottingen Westar 35mm f/3.5
- Lens Distance: Approx 70 mm
- Rangefinder: No
- Film transport: Manual with double exposure prevention. Double exposure lever provided
- Accessories: Case, Box, Filters, Lens Hoods, Lens Caps, Accessory Viewfinder, Close-up Lens Attachment, Stereo Viewer, Slide Mounting Jig, User Manual,
- Dimensions: II: 185 x 75 x 58 mm - Weight: 770g
IIa: 183 x 75 x 58 mm - Weight 800 g
- Accesories At the Iloca tribute webpage
- 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). Page 444.