Petri Color 35

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The Petri Color 35 is a small 35mm, leaf-shutter viewfinder camera with a unique design, released by Petri in 1968. All its settings are made with three little dials, one for focusing near the viewfinder and the others on the top for shutter speed and aperture. It also has a unique collapsible film rewind crank near its side-located hot shoe. The shutter has speeds 1/15 to 1/250 second plus 'B', and selectable aperture values are from f2.8 to f22. The camera has a built-in coupled CdS meter (needs a PX675 battery) with a match-needle indicator, visible in the viewfinder. Also in the viewfinder is a distance scale; a needle that moves with the focusing dial indicates the focus on that scale.

The Petri C.C 40mm lens is collapsed into the camera body when not in use. Turning the focusing dial extends the lens to shooting position, and turning it further focuses the lens from 3.5 feet (≈ 1m) to infinity.

Further reading

In English:

  • The Japanese Historical Camera. 日本の歴史的カメラ (Nihon no rekishiteki kamera). 2nd ed. Tokyo: JCII Camera Museum, 2004. P. 144. Included for its display of distance and exposure in the viewfinder.

In Japanese:

In German:

  • click on image and read Alf Sigaro's lovely description

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