Petri Compact E

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The Petri Compact E is a half-frame 35mm viewfinder camera produced by Kuribayashi/Petri in 1960. It is an enhancement of the Petri Compact model (also known as the Petri Half) with the addition of a uncoupled selenium exposure meter. This reads Light Values 7 to 16 at ISO 100.[1] The camera is arranged in the vertical (portrait) orientation typical of half-frame 35mm cameras, using Petri's "Green-o-matic" green-tinted viewfinder. The lens is a coated 28mm f/2.8 Orikkor, a Tessar-type lens. The shutter is cocked when the film is advanced by depressing the angular lever located under the lens; this is intended to be operated with the left hand, while the right operates the shutter release.[1] All settings for shutter speed, aperture, and focus are done on rings located around the lens barrel, the top of the camera is devoted to the frame count, accessory shoe, and meter dial. The shutter release button is threaded for a cable.


Manufacturer: Kuribayashi

Date of Production: 1960

Type of Camera: Viewfinder camera

Film/Sensor Type: 35mm

Lens: F stops at 2.8 4 5.6 8 11 16

Shutter speed range: 1/15 - 1/250 second, plus 'B'

Exposure Metering: Uncoupled selenium meter

Focus areas: Focus dial click stops at "P" (portrait) "G" (group) and "S" (scene) settings

Focus modes: Continuous focusing, with stops noted above. Lens has focus marks in meters, with range listed from 0.7m to infinity. Stops are located between 0.7m and 1.0m (Portrait), after 1.5m (Group) and before infinity mark (Scene)

Viewfinder: Green-tinted; brightline frame with parallax correction marks

ASA/ISO range: Meter lists speeds in ASA: 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800

Flash: Cold shoe and PC socket on the top plate; Flash synchronisation (X-sync) is at 1/60 second.

Battery: None

Weight: Approximately 16 oz. with film


  1. 1.0 1.1 User's manual at Mike Butkus' Orphan Cameras.