The European View-Master MKII camera was manufactured by Regula-Werk King KG, Bad Liebenzell in the Schwartswald region of the then West Germany from 1962. There are several variations to find. There are differences in logotypes, lenses, bud types, tops, metal finishes and other parts.
The camera had fixed focus lenses and an adjustable aperture range from f / 2.8 to f / 22 with an image gap of 65.5 mm and a weight of 595 grams. The exposure was determined by matching one of four symbols (sunny, bright, clouded, dark) representing different light conditions. The appropriate window is set for the total light level. On the underside there is an exposure ring that shows how many images have been taken (max. 79). At the top, find the flashlight holder and a flash sync cable connector.
Here is a manual for View-Master Stereo Color Camera.
There are two different movie clippers. One for each camera.
The one for the Personal Stereo camera has its holes for the mowing completely parallel while the one for the Mark II camera has diagonal holes. These movie clippers were made so that one could punch out the pictures from the film and make their own personal View-Master discs. When the images were cut out, they could be inserted into special discs that were made so that you could insert their own pictures into small pockets. There are 14 pictures per disc. 7 stereo pairs. The movie clips have a built-in lamp that illuminates the film while it is being cut out. With the wheel on the front side, you feed the pictures and adjust so that the pictures look right. Then push down the handle which then punches out the pictures.
Many who bought the camera did not buy the mower because they were able to submit their film to a photo shop that developed the film and put the pictures in the discs.
The pictures show a mower for the Mark II camera.
This well-developed stereo camera was manufactured in the 1950s for Sawyers by Stereocraft Engineering Co., so that everyone could create their own View-Master discs. The slide film was loaded into the camera and each exposure would produce two images. The film was then developed, but was not cut as a conventional film would do. The individual halves of each stereo pair would be cut precisely with a special movie clipper. These cutouts, known as "chips," would be inserted into pockets in the special personal discs using a film insertion tool.
The camera has a unique feature that allows you to take twice as many pictures on each movie. When the film is completely exposed, rotate the A / B button on the front of the camera. The lenses are then moved internally from the lower half of the film to the upper half. The film is then pulled backwards at each exposure to the point where it has been fully exposed in both directions and can be taken out of the camera for development.
When looking through the viewfinder, you see a small liquid-filled glass tube containing an air bubble. This bubble must be in the middle to ensure that the camera is absolutely level before exposure is made.
These cameras were available in black and brown / beige versions. Very early cameras have silver tops. Accessories that could be purchased included a set of close-up lenses and a flash unit.
The camera had a modest shutter speed of only 1/100 and it had no automatic exposure. Exposure time and aperture must be set manually using the two knobs on the top of the camera. It had 25mm, f3.5 ankle food lenses. The images produced by this camera were 12,90 mm wide with 11.90 mm high. It is fed with standard 135 Dia film (positive color film).
Here you can find The Camera Manual and The Repair Manual.
These discs are specially made for use with the Personal Stereo Camera. After photographing and developing the slide film, you have to punch out the pictures using Personal Cuttern, which punches out the pictures in pairs. The images are then carefully mounted into the empty pockets using a pair of tweezers. When the disc is filled with pictures, just put the disc in the viewer and enjoy your own 3D images.