Looking for something new to experiment with for your film photography? It’s exactly what we now are set to have with the launch of the RETO3D camera on Kickstarter. As its name suggests, this new contraption is set to bring back the craft of 3D magic to the film photography world.
The technology of the RETO3D Camera may not be exactly new, as it draws from the likes of previous 3D cameras like the Nimslo stereo camera, which was later on rebranded as Nishika. Since then, there hasn’t been any 3D camera of its likes, and the Nimslo/Nishika cameras have become rare and immensely overpriced. This is the gap that the RETO3D Camera hopes to fill.
“As 3D photography is a specific type of film photography, most film users may not be aware of its existence. The market is lacking of 3D camera and its price in 2nd hand market is unacceptably high. We analysed the old stereo cameras and improved the design of ours,” said the Kickstarter campaign by Hong Kong-based Reto Project.
The RETO3D camera is small, lightweight, and simple 35mm camera with a built-in flash. This focus-free, triple-lensed camera promises to be an affordable, easy-to-use alternative that produces similar results as its pricier and older counterparts. It works by taking three half-frame photos with three different angles simultaneously to create a 3D image. With a roll of 36 exposure film, you can get 24 3D images, which you bring to life by stitching them together as GIFs. The makers of the RETO3D are also currently developing an app to help users create the GIFs quicker and much easier.
Hearing about 3D film photography for the first time? Here are some sample shots to show what you’ll get with the RETO3D camera:
- Film Format: 35mm
- Film Transport: Manual Wind and Rewind
- Optical Lens: 30mm; f11; 3 Lens (Optical grade acrylic lenses)
- Focusing: Focus-free; 1m to ∞
- Shutter Release: 1/125s
- Flash: Built-in
- Power Supply: 1*AA Alkaline Battery
- Main Plastic Material: ABS
- Dimension: 133 (W) x 65 (H) x 42 (D) mm
- Weight: 178±10g (Excluding Battery and Film)
Curious about this new 3D camera? Check out the RETO3D Kickstarter campaign to find out more and grab it for the early bird price of $79.