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1947. 35mm stereo camera. f3.5 lenses.

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White: Stereo-Realist 1041 camera

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by bill339 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:19 pm

Designed by Seton Rochwite and made by the David White Company, the Stereo Realist is the bestselling Stereo Camera of all time. It is a stereo camera with rangefinder focusing and takes photos in the 5p stereo format (also known as Realist format). The Stereo Realist camera was a camera that attracted celebrities throughout the 50s. The most notable user of the camera was silent film star, Harold Lloyd, who used the camera to do portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page, among others. Advertisements of the time featured celebrities, many who were friends of Lloyd's and in his stereo camera club. Celebrities in these advertisements included Vincent Price (on the set of House of Wax), Edgar Bergen, John Wayne, James Cagney, Bob Hope, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Cecil B. Demile, and Frank Capra. Popularity of the camera continued into the 60s and in 1971, the Realist Stereo Macro was added to the line of cameras. Today, the trademark is owned by John J. Zelenka, a stereo photographer. The start date of Production was 1947 for this 35mm viewfinder/rangefinder camera. The camera is quite wide measuring 175mm x 65mm high x 59mm deep and weighs 1.8 pounds. To give the stereo effect the Lens Separation is 69.28 mm on the David White Anastigmat (glass, matched), 1:3.5/35 mm lenses. It has Double lamellar type shutter, behind the lenses is cocked with a manual lever between the lenses. The shutter speeds are 1/150, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/10, 1/5, ½, 1 sec. and "B" and "T". The camera does have a Hot Shoe and a ¼ 20 thread per inch tripod socket. The David White Realist camera was based on the same design and was produced for many years with little or no changes. There are two basic models, the 3.5 (1041) and the 2.8 Realist (1042). Other than the lenses, they are essentially identical, except for the top shutter speed, which is marked 150 for the 3.5 and 200 for the 2.8. But even this different shutter speed is achieved with the same shutter. A good technician can adjust a 3.5 Realist to 1/200 top speed. The price of the Stereo Realist in 1947 was $160 plus $20 for the viewer and that equates to $1000.00 in today’s value.

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