Reto3D camera render
The camera has already raised £25,000 in two days (Pic: Reto/Kickstarter)

A new 3D film camera project has been launched on Kickstarter.

The Reto3D, created by a team in Hong Kong, is touted as a “small and lightweight, affordable and easy-to-use” 3D camera.

The camera will be joined by an app which will scan the stereo images and turn them into a 3D GIF, the makers say.

“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 [sic]3D camera and its price in 2nd hand market is unacceptably high.

“We analysed the old stereo cameras and improved the design of ours. Reto3D is small and lightweight, affordable and easy-to-use. It has a built-in flash and it’s film-saving! We are also developing an app for users to make GIFs much easier, which resolves the complicated and time-consuming process of using Photoshop.

“Our aim is not to beat the old classics with an expensive, professional camera but one for everyone, even for beginners to use.”

Model holding Reto3D
(Pic: Reto/Kickstarter)

The campaign’s Kickstarter page shows a model holding what appears to be a prototype  of the camera, though images which show a more detailed view of the camera’s features are digital mock-ups.

The Reto team says: “Reto3D takes three half-frame images, with three different angles simultaneously. For a film roll with 36 exposures, users could get 24 3D images. Also, with our app, it could help stitching the three images into 3D GIFs in a convenient and quick way.”

The Kickstarter campaign is seeking a target of just over £19,000 and after less than two days it had reached nearly £25,000.

The camera’s features are listed as:

  • Film format: 35mm
  • Film transport: Manual wind and rewind
  • Lens: 30mm; f11; 3 Lens (Optical grade acrylic lenses)
  • Focusing: Focus-free; 1m to ∞
  • Shutter: 1/125s
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Battery: 1*AA Alkaline Battery
  • Body: ABS plastic
  • Dimensions: 133mm (W) x 65mm (H) x 42mm (D)
  • Weight: 178g (excluding battery and film)

The cheapest camera reward people can pledge for is HK$620 (£60/$79), with the Reto team saying that the camera will retail for around HK$780 (£75/$100). A 10-pack of the cameras is on offer for HK$5,100 (£492/$650).

The three lenses create three images per picture (Pic: Reto/Kickstarter)

Given the modest amount of money the campaign is trying to raise, it’s not known how extensive production will be.

3D cameras were very popular in the post-war years, though the process itself was in vented during Victorian times. The most recent 3D film camera produced was the Holga 120 3D Stereo Camera which was available from the Lomography Shop but is now discontinued.

Rear view of camera
Rear view of the camera (Pic: Reto/Kickstarter)

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It looks a bit like the Nimslo-3D-Camera of the 80’s.

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Although not really something I’m interested in, I’m always glad to see old ideas being revived