I took this roll during the Beers and Cameras photo walk the same day as the last roll (here) but this time it was 35mm Fomopan 100 and I was using it to test my newly acquired Petri Rangefinder; this post is also a review of that camera.

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I have been intrigued by Petri for a few months particularly since readying this post on 35mmc not too long ago.  Then browsing Goodwill I spotted this one and hey presto! for very little investment it was mine.

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Model names seem to be just a description of it and so I gather this is a ‘2.8 Color Super’; here is the technical bit (not that I really do much technical as that sort of information is readily available elsewhere)

Make Model Film/format Year Lens Shutter Aperture
Petri 2.8 Color Super 35mm Rangefinder c1958 45mm 1:2.8 B, 1, ½, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 and 1/300 F2.8-22

Initially, everything looked perfect with the camera, rangefinder good, shutter speeds audibly right etc etc. There are some cosmetic issues mainly with the leatherette.

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But come the day to actually shoot it I look through the viewfinder to find something not quite right; a vertical line kind of blocking my view.  Closer examination revealed that a piece of glass had come loose and moved across into the viewfinder.  I was able to peer past it sufficiently enough to focus and take shots and that is how I proceeded.

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Ignoring that issue, using the camera was very nice, it feels solid and not too heavy, the winder is smooth and the shutter is oh so quiet – one of the others on the walk was blown away by how quiet it was.  I have to say I was very impressed with the sub $20 camera I had purchased.

I say the winder was smooth, it certainly was but it does need a little help returning after the stroke – not that that is much of an issue.

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So the pictures?

Well here is where my “test” falls down because I used Fomapan and if you have read some of my previous posts you will know that I really struggle with this film.  As a result the highlights were a little blown out which I have tried to correct in Light Room – So, I feel like I need to run another film through to check whether my over exposure issues were the film on the camera – I suspect the film as it was consistent with other outings with that film.

I like this camera but I have a dilemma.  I don’t need another 35mm range-finder and it breaks my collecting norm of Voigtländers (not that I don’t have other makes in my collection) and so I’m not really sure what I am going to do with it.  It needs that glass refitting and probably some lubrication around the winder; do I want another project?

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Also, a large section of the leatherette snapped off after handling for a short while so you’ll notice that the back of the camera is not looking pretty.  For general use this matters very little especially as it remains in a leather half-case at all times other than when film is being loaded/unloaded.  It is probably something that needs attending to though at some point.

It’s a maverick in my collection but it’s really nice to shoot with.  I think I have to put another film through it before deciding but the viewfinder issue is annoying and it’s since moved further into view making it less usable (and visible in the pictures above).