The Petri Compact E is a 35mm viewfinder camera produced by Petri in 1960. It is an enhancement of the Petri Compact model (also known as the Petri Half) with the addition of a non-coupled selenium exposure meter. It is a half-frame camera, shooting in the typical vertical (portrait) orientation, using Petri's "Green-o-matic" green-tinted viewfinder. The shutter is cocked when the film is advanced by depressing the angular lever located under the lens. All settings for shutter speed, aperture, and focus are done on rings located around the lens barrel, the top of the camera is devoted to the frame count, accessory shoe, and meter dial. The shutter release button is threaded for a cable.
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Date of Production: 1960
Type of Camera: Viewfinder camera
Film/Sensor Type: 35mm
Lens: F stops at 2.8 4 5.6 8 11 16
Shutter speed range: B, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60 (flash sync), 1/125, 1/250
Exposure Metering: Uncoupled selenium meter
Focus areas: Focus dial click stops at (P) (portrait) (G) (group) and (S) (snap) settings
Focus modes: Continuous focusing, with stops noted above. Lens has focus marks in meters, with range listed from 0.7m (2.25 feet) to infinity. Click stops are located at (P) (0.8 m / 2.625 feet), (G) (3.0 m / 10 feet), (S) (5 m / 16 feet). Setting the camera to f8 and focus to (S) provides depth of field from 2.3 m (7.5 feet) to infinity.
Viewfinder: Green-tinted with parallax correction marks
ASA/ISO range: Meter lists speeds in ASA: 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
Flash: Cold shoe mount and PC cable socket. Flash sync is at f/8 and 1/60.
Filter size: 22.5mm screw in filters.
Weight: Approximately 16 oz. with film