Gary Turner , Sep 01, 2005; 03:42 p.m.
Just too bad most of those Petris were not more reliable long-term. Hard to find anyone who will repair them. I agree, well made (in most respects) and high quality finished at least until the screw mount models reappeared. For some though, 'an acquired taste'. The later M42 screw mount models seemed to cut a few corners (typical of the times) and eventually Petri even replaced the unusual bottom end 'crankshaft-like' shutter transport system which may have helped long-term reliability on certain later models(?). Petri Flex 7, FT, FA-1 were 3 other excellent examples of Petri's best SLRs. On the rangefinder side Petri also made a few excellent and currently also under-appreciated models such as Automate, 1.9 Color Super, etc. Petri even made a TLR and some nice 6 x 4.5 folding cameras. Interesting company. A very fine collectors guide covers Kuribayashi-Petri history in detail. Author is John Baird.