- Petri Color 35
- Super Compact 35mm Mechanical Viewfinder Camera
- Date Of Birth 1968
- Petri 40mm f2.8 Color Corrected and Coated, Collapsible (Tessar Type)
- Petri MS Shutter B 15 30 60 125 250
- Four Blades Aperture 2.8 4 5.6 8 11 16 22
- Cross Coupled Match Needle CdS meter ISO 25 – 800 / EV7 – EV17
Meter Turns On By Cocking The Shutter, Needle Inside Viewinder
- PX675 1.3V Battery (Works with 675 Zinc Air, No Problem With LR44.)
- Hot Shoe and PC Sync Terminal, X-Sync At All Speed
- Focus via Scale Inside view finder
- 40.5mm Filter Size
- Dimension 101mm x 64mm x 43mm
In a Nut Shell, Smaller Than Olympus 35RC and a bit bigger than Rollei 35
- Weight 390g
The wheel in the middle extend, retracts the lens and also control focus, click stop at infinity. Frame counter is located on the left top corner. The meter turns on by cocking the shutter, shuts off after firing.
Shutter button, speed, aperture, rewind, hot shoe and battery test button are conveniently located on the top. The Shutter speed and aperture wheel ARE both coupled to the meter.
Rewind release, tripod mount and back cover lock is located at the bottom. “Feets” are also provided.
With the back removed, pressure plate reminds you of the Rollei 35.
Lens retracted all the way in the body for carrying.
Shutter button is locked when the lens is retracted passed infinity.
With the lens extended all the way out will be the closest focusing distance. My estimation is 0.8M – 1M.
The dimension is 101mm x 64mm x 43mm, just a bit bigger than a Rollei 35, but smaller then an Olympus 35RC.
I decided to cheat with an external rangefinder mounted on shot shoe, instead of using scale focus.
Viewfinder of the Petri Color 35, with separate needles for distance scale and metering.
The 40mm f2.8 Petri Lens is a Tessar type design.
I unfroze the shutter and gave it a tune up.
A view under the top cover reviews some of the genius design, all carefully planned.
Like some of the others have said before, this is what the Rollei 35 should have been.
Do not mistaken this post as a comparison with the Rollei 35, there will be a lot more to cover such as direct comparison on specs, image quality, built quality and reliability.
If your Petri Color 35 needs to be worked on, let me know.