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Through the Viewfinder – Petri Color 35

petri color 35 viewfinder

I don’t actually own this camera, but my interest in it is certainly increasing! A chap named Dan K (@ZDP189) on twitter has a top down view of an Minolta 7SII and Olympus 35 RC as his avatar, I’ve not seen a 35 RC in real life, it looks tiny! I asked Dan his opinion of it with my preference for a small manual camera. The answer was positive, but the Petri Color 35 was mentioned as being a very nice alternative. A few tweets back and forth and viewfinder and its merits were mentioned. I asked Dan if he would send me a picture taken through the viewfinder and he kindly obliged!

petri color 35 viewfinder
Doesn’t Dan have an amazing view?!


You can see on the right a matched needle meter and, more interestingly a distance scale across the bottom. I can definitely see the attraction of such a feature! The Petri Color 35 has now been added to my list of cameras I want to try!

Dan K seems to be very well informed enthusiast, you can find Dan K (@ZDP189) on twitter and read his blog here.

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    August 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

    the heck! I’ve seen this camera once before and thought the front looked okay but after seeing more I’m really getting impressed by the sleek design!

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    August 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Don’t know the Petri, but I have an Oly 35 RC that came to me a year or 2 ago, and it’s a smashing wee camera to look at. I haven’t put a film through it yet, as the foam seals are deteriorating, but I might just do that soon, and worry about the seals later. Incidentally, it’s just a few mm narrower and shallower (front-rear), than the Trip 35, so yes, it’s small.

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    August 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I’m watching a whole bunch of oly 35rcs on ebay at the moment … I have been after one for a long time now!
    Put a film through it, its the only way to know how those seals are getting on 😉

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