James's Camera Collection: Stereo Realist 35 (David White Co.)

Stereo Realist 35 USA Owner's Manual 35mm cameras 35mm cameras DrT's Stereo Realist Pae
Stereo Realist
Format: Realist
Approx. dates of manufacture: 1947 - 1971
Approx. street value: $80

I am not going to write a lot about this because it's been done better elsewhere. Arguably the best site is probably DrT's Stereo Realist page.

There are three major "Realist" models. #1041 was the first and most common (and least expensive), which has 3-element ƒ3.5 Ilex lenses; the #1042, which has 4-element ƒ2.8 Ektar glass, and the #1050, the "Realist Custom," which also has ƒ2.8 lenses. Most people have either the 1041 or 1042 models, and the only significant difference is the optics.

click for larger adDrT's site has some info on aging based on serial numbers. My SN is A85330, which puts it between 1954 and 1956. Maybe.

Mine also has a little plaque on the foldover lencap that says "Realist StereOO Retored by Zak." Thanks. Hopefully it'll come off with a little bit of persuation from a hair dryer and my fingernail.

The Realist wasn't the first stereo camera by a long shot, but it was the most successful and probably the longest lived.

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