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Petri Color 35 - by steveandthedogs

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by Benchista, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Petri Color 35 [“D” in this case]- Petri's answer to the Rollei 35 – a tiny camera, but with all the controls you might need.

    Around the top plate, Petri managed to fit, from left to right:
    rewind lever, hot shoe, frame counter, focussing wheel, film advance, aperture dial, battery check button, shutter speed dial and lastly the shutter release/cable release.
    The last six controls are all within reach of either your right thumb or right index finger!
    At the front, there is the film speed adjustment around the lens and a PC connection for the flash. The bottom plate has a slightly off-centre tripod socket, rewind release button, lever to open the back and four dinky little feet to stop the plate from getting scratched.
    So, open the back and slide it off, fold down the pressure plate, insert a film, fold up the pressure plate and replace the back. Wind on, press the shutter release and … nothing happens. No, it's neither a Voigtlander in reverse and neither is it broken. Turn the focussing wheel. A bit more. Oh look, the lens is coming out. Now press the shutter release and bingo, it works.
    The CdS meter hides within the filter ring, so no need to worry about using filters.
    Keep winding the focussing wheel and you'll notice a mark moving in the viewfinder, showing the focussing distance in metres and feet, together with a brightline frame and parallax marks.
    Set the aperture, from f2.8 to 22, and the shutter speed from 1/15 to 1/250 [1/300 in case of the “D”] plus B and the match needle will swing into action, but only if the film has been wound on. A good way of saving the 1.3V battery. It does work with a 1.5V, however.
    It's possible to do all that with the camera to your eye.

    What's it like to use? Mostly easy and good fun, all the controls are within easy reach and easy to adjust. It's slow to wind out the lens, so don't expect to get that grab shot, and focussing is not the quickest, either. That said, everything else is quick to adjust, and there's no need to remove the camera from your eye at all.
    The 40mm lens is reasonable, not quite up to Rollei 35 level, but sharp enough and with fair contrast.

  2. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    But it looks considerably larger than the Rollei 35.

    Edit but having checked it isn't :)
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2015
  3. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Ooh, something else that sounds fun to try! :)

    Trouble is, I've too many already. So many cameras, so little time (and space to put them! :( )

    Hmmm... What I need is a TARDIS! :)

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