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Good image quality
Unique 3-D prints are in demand
The bad: This is 1988 technology, and Snap-3 in Canada is the only place to have the 3-D prints made. The developing and prints are a bit expensive, and there is also a long lead time to receive the prints. Allow a month to receive the prints. The Good: The prints are quite unique. Everyone has positive comments on them. You do not need special glasses to view the 3-D prints. I bought this type camera because it is easy to get models to pose for these unique prints, and they and their friends ask for them! I'm the only one in the area doing 3-D, so I get lots of referrals. No one has balked at the pricing of the prints, and it is the very best advertising I have for my studio. I prefer the N8000 to the N9000 because it has a sturdier body.
Just a Toy
Purchased out of simple curiosity. Would classify this as a "Toy" camera. Although there are still followers of these types of cameras out there, this was a short lived fad around the 80's that quickly faded in the general overall populous. In fact I read where there were lawsuits involved on deceptive advertising practices for some of these types of cameras. Most likely, there are probably still tons of these sitting around in boxes in warehouses somewhere getting moldy. Not many film processing labs processed these types of prints and don't know if there are any labs that still perform this specialized type of print processing. If there are, I suspect it would be quite pricey. The prints were processed 3D layered prints that gave the appearance of motion when you move them. Similar to some DVD or CD covers that you used to see a lot of which are now mostly seen in the $5.00 bins at large chain shopping centers. We used to find them in cereal boxes as prizes. They used to sell cards with famous sports figures.. baseball, football etc.. with this type of processing, which are now collectors items. If you have a scanner that has the capability of scanning 35mm negatives, you can scan the film and then process the digital images through animated gif software to be displayed online.. but only on sites that accept gif or similar type formats. At 4 frames used per click, and no control over focus other than your proximity to the subject, IMHO.. a waste of good film.
Nashika on Display
I bought this camera for two reasons: It was inexpensive and it was unusual. I study different cameras to see what has gone before the current products and to see how specific features have been implemented in various cameras. The purchase served the purpose of teaching me about the 3D cameras and it is an inexpensive conversation piece with other photo enthusiasts. It is not a practical purchase since film developing is gradually disappearing from local stores and the photographs can only be produced by a single company in Canada at a fairly steep price. I own two of these cameras and will not purchase another one unless I sell these cameras at a profit. As a curiosity, it is nice. It is an unusual display item in s photography themed decor or a camera museum.
You might buy it as a colector's item, but it's useless otherwise!
If you are a collector and wish to add this camera to your collection, it might be worth buying. If you are thinking of buying it for actual use there are a few things you should consider: #1 Consumer Lenticular printing is no longer available, so you can't use it for it's original intended purpose. #2 Half frame printing typically costs more and takes longer so making half frame stereo cards with it is not very practical. #3 The fixed shutter speed and 2.5 f stop aperture adjustment makes it unsuitable for slide film except under a very narrow range of conditions, and many high quality stereo cameras are available on eBay for less than $100. #4 There are many other lenticular cameras available and most of them are more reliable and take better pictures. Now, to clear up some of the false advertising being used to sell this camera on eBay: #1 It is designed for ASA 100 film only, the use flash indicator is invalid for other speeds. #2 It does not have a built in lens cover. #3 It does not have a film identification window, only a slot in the back where the top of the film box can be inserted. #4 Several other lenticular cameras feature variable f stop, including the N9000 which really did have a built in lens cover and film identification window and really was designed for asa 200/1600 film. This camera is also heavier and larger than most lenticular cameras, including some with motorized film advance and built in flash!
the Nishika N8000 35 mm Film Camera
I bought this camera to use possibly as a gift or my own use I currently have about 5 of these cameras. I enjoy taking 3-D photos and have been doing so for about 20 years now. My first purchase was a Ninslo camera I also have an Image Tech 3 Lens model. There is only one Lab that processes the film for these cameras that is Snap-3D in Torronto,Canada www.snap 3D.com I am also a member of the National Stereoscopic Association which encompasses all things 3-D from viewmaster,stereo views. My contact email@example.com