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The Loreo 3D Lens 9004 was obviously built with parts from the Loreo 3D Camera MK II. It is no longer made. The Loreo Asia Ltd., Kowloon, Hong Kong claims to be in business since 1982. They make or trade simple stereo cameras, lenses and viewers, pinhole devices and the famous "Lens in a Cap", a simple, focus free lens with apertures, in a kind of camera mount cap for a variety of SLR cameras which had quite some success in the years of the Lomo hype.

The system used is side-by-side or parallel 3D viewing, you look at the printed pictures with the help of a viewer, like those old stereo pictures from the 1900s. The ingenious idea was to use the standard 24x36mm film format, which can be processed in any photolab. The two stereo pictures are on one 24x36 frame. So on a 10x15 cm print you have both, side by side.

There are successors to this lens, all APS - C format for different mounts, but there is no full frame lens any longer. All lenses were also branded, the most known being the Argus brand.

The features of the
Loreo 3D Lens 9004 are:

Lens system: 38 mm, F 11, 2 elements, plastic polymer composite
Film Format: 35 mm film (24x36 mm)
Diaphragm: Sliding disc, F 11 and F 22
Focusing: Sliding lever, 1.5m, 3m, infinity
SLR body mounts: Pentax K, Canon EOS, Canon FD, Nikon F, Olympus OM, Minolta MD, Minolta AF
Digital SLR body mounts: Pentax K, Canon EOS, Nikon F, Minolta A, Sony Alpha
Dimensions: 104 x 63 x 60mm (W x H x L)
Weight: 100g

Some pictures:

The box, the lens system and instructions.

The Lens system attached to a digital Sony A7 camera. As mine has an Olympus mount, you need an adapter, Olympus towards Sony NEX.

Mount side.

Focussing lever. It does not do much on mine, sharpness is fine with any setting.

Photo results in a viewer.

The lens system is easy to use. You can use 2 apertures. The focussing lever does not do much on mine, sharpness is fine with any setting. As the prints should only be 10x15cm, the plastic lenses are fine. If you have a photo printer like a Canon CP, you can have stereo pictures within minutes.

There is a range of viewing accessories still available. As you can have your print made everywhere, the system has large advantages to others. It's fun to have. A nice find.

Two pictures taken with a Sony A7 and the lens (pictures OOC, only size scaled down):

View from my Cologne atelier, gray day, infinity, F22.

Chandelier, 3m, F11, available light, hand held.