TDC Stereo Colorist

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The TDC Stereo Colorist was introduced in 1954 as a competitor in the stereo market to the popular Stereo Realist.

While the Stereo Colorist is scale focusing, the 1957 Stereo Colorist II has a coupled rangefinder, combined with the viewfinder in the same eyepiece. Both models have three-element Rodenstock 35mm f/3.5 Trinar lenses and are otherwise similar.

However initially, the rather different TDC Stereo Vivid was the more premium, rangefinder-focusing model.

TDC stereo models are designed to use 35mm color reversal (slide) film. The format of the picture is 23x24 mm, the '5p' (i.e. five perforations of 35mm film) that was used in the Stereo Realist.

Both the Stereo Colorist and the Stereo Colorist II were made in Germany by Bodensee Kamerawerke for Three Dimension Company, a subsidiary of Bell & Howell.