RBT X3 camera and accessories (Pic: Rare Vintage Photography/Catawiki)
The camera is in working condition and comes with a host of accessories (Pic: Rare Vintage Photography/Catawiki)

A rare stereo SLR used for professional shoots by is being sold on the auction site Catawiki.

The RBT XR was designed and customised by stereo photographer David Klutho. Who used the cameras on shoots for publications such as Sports Illustrated, including its Sydney Olympics 2000 coverage.

“This is the RBT X3 version, with image format 24x36mm,” the camera’s Dutch seller says in its auction listing. “You can shoot 18 stereo pairs on a 36 film. Of course the lenses are interchangeable. The full range linkage of the lenses is just awesome. There are two spacers included for the 100mm and 28mm lens sets.

“The Ricoh XR/X3pf is an awesome camera. The twinned RBT version offers the same options, like shutter speeds from 1/16th up to 1/3000th and automatic film advance through built in motor.”

RBT X-3 camera (Pic: Rare Vintage Photography/Catawiki)
The camera was used by Klutho for professional shoots in the 1990s and 200s (Pic: Rare Vintage Photography/Catawiki)

The camera was built out of two Ricoh XR-X SLRs, a Pentax K-mount design introduced in 1987. It is in fully working condition, the seller says. More information on the stereo camera can be found here.

The listing adds that the camera was obtained directly from Klutho, and that it will come with the following:

a pair of SMC Pentax f2.8 28mm lenses, with custom geared linkage

  • a pair of SMC Pentax f2.8 100mm lenses, with custom geared linkage
  • B&W filters for all lenses
  • Takumar metal lens hoods for 100mm lenses
  • Ricoh flash, Speedlite 403P
  • an issue of Stereo World, with Klutho interview, signed by David-Klutho
  • an issue of the hardcover book 3D Sports Blast, signed by David-Klutho
    a custom-made Versa-Flex nylon belt-case

The auction ends on Monday (26 April) and bidding on Thursday morning (22 April) had reached €350. Experts believes the camera could sell for between €2,500 and €3,000.

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