Petri 7s Loose Barrel / Shutter leaf sticking
Boo Hoo !!
I opened the box yesterday, and I thought what a great camera.
The meter is dead on, it even seems to be more sensitive than my nearly new plastic Nikon.
It is a match needle system, with both the aperture and the speed right on the lens barrel, so you can guess the depth of field you want while shooting: not quite an OM-1, but the only range finder camera that I know that has this feature.
The Petri Color 35 is even nicer, as it has a purely genius control system with dials under the index finger and thumb, but, alas, the lens is only f2.8
I guess Petri died in the SLR battle when Leica forced the other RF companies into the SLR fray by improving the killer M series.
The only obvious down side to the camera, is the noise-- but it is a pleasant noise. There also seem to be lots of ways for dirt to get in.
After a while I realized that the shutter was clicking in only part of the time, and then I figured out that one of the shutter leaves was sticking.
This is how I found the leaf was sticking:
I did it by:
* opening the aperture wide open,
* opening the back,
* putting the exposure speed on B,
* cocking it, and
* pressing the shutter release
* while looking the the front of the lens out the back of the camera.
You can see if the leaves are opening all the way.
(This as a reference for anyone buying a Petri 7)
I am definately thinking about rolling the dice again.