View Full Version : Penti I & II. Pretty half frame.
Not much written about these on this forum.
I have to confess to a minor Ebay stupidity, I bid on this Penti1 when I saw that it was 35mm and had a manual 30mm lens! Only later did I research it a little and found that it is a half frame AND uses the rapid cassette system.
These features might have stopped me from bidding (and not knowing what a Rapid Cassette was- I had to ask here), but I was smitten.
It has fully manual controls for the aperture, shutter speed (only B,30th, 60th & 125th) and scale focus.
It works surprisingly well, even with only one of the two cassettes.
Apparently made by Welta circa 1960.
Anyone had experience with these?
This camera has a silky finish to its aluminium casing and no features that might allow the user to get a good grip of it. It's like handling a bar of wet soap, made to slip out of your hand!
Can you show some pics?
I'm interested as these cost around 5-10 bucks around here.
These few are from the test roll that I ran off around my yard and out of my car one morning, so no great subject matter or composition.
I will post more after an outing with it in my bag.
They can be cheap, I just bought a II for less than the cost of the post.
Not bad at all!
Are the pictures portrait or landscape, when you hold it "the normal way"?
When held "normally", the frame is in portrait orientation.
I guess that these cameras are not much favoured because they lack the advantage of the use of standard cassettes, who wants to fight with a low capacity Rapid system?
I think that they look like something made for a glitzy handbag.
Thoroughly impractical, difficult to load and process, difficult to hold. Marvellous!
...I guess that these cameras are not much favoured because they lack the advantage of the use of standard cassettes, who wants to fight with a low capacity Rapid system?
The capacity of the Rapid cassettes is bigger than it seems;I have improvised a "donor" cassette ( shortened central spool with the tip cut flat and the metal of the cassette body was shortened about 2mm) .
Some bulk film was loaded into this , and I've used it in the Penti with an empty original "receiver" Rapid cassette. With this system I have made up to 56 frames from the same roll.
I've recently gained a second cassette, but have yet to use it. So far, I have simply dropped a piece of film, cut to length and rolled up into the camera, in the dark. There is a cassette taking up the film. The winding (or in this case - the pushing) got noticeably harder as the film got past 20 frames. I think I managed around 28 before I gave it up.
I have some APX400s which is on a very thin base, I may try that for 36 ish frames.
Loading it will be much easier with the second cassette.
That's quite some work you did on the cassette!
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