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    Petri Racer

    Hi guys, as anyone that's read my threads and posts know, I like older cameras, In 67 I bought my 1st "modern camera" with a built in meter, the Petri Racer, I eventualy sold it and bought a Miranda Sensorex and a Nikkormat FTN that I still have. I recently saw a Racer on ebay and bought it for $2.75 + $4.90 S+H. The camera works and with the addition on a wein cell, so does the meter. The only problem is the shutter button is missing, still usable but a bit cumbersom to push the remaining plate in. I'm sure no parts are available for it so anybody have an idea of fabricating one? Thought of sanding and polishing a small piece of walnut and epoxying it to the plate.

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    You might want to be sure your fabricated release button accomodates a cable release, if there isn't a separate socket. Not too hard to do even with the walnut idea; just epoxy in a suitable brass nut and sand it and the wood together to get a smooth, "grown in" appearance.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    The Racer has a cable connection on top and the shutter release was a little smooth chrome affair on the front so that's not a problem

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    Aaah. Then a little button of nicely polished and lacquered/varnished wood (walnut, curly maple, etc.) would be very appropriate and feel really nice.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    A Racer with a battery? Both of the ones I owned just had selenium cells around the lenses. Neat little cameras, and great shutters. I'd try the wooden shutter release. Might be an improvement.
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    When I first read this thread, I was imagining making a shtter release out of a nut. It seemed like it would be a bit greasy and might start smelling eventually. Glad to hear you were referring to wood!

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    Paul lol, that would be interesting, get hungry, eat your shutter release

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    Petri

    Hi Bohica,
    My first camera was a Beauty. A 35mm rangefinder made by Petri. The Petri company was on lower Broadway about 19th Street, and next store was a magnificent old loft type building with a great Victorian tower facade. Years later I found out it was the original "Lord&Taylor Building". I remember photographing the building against the sky. Petri is special for me.
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    i have another question for you petri guys, there's 1 flash sync terminal with a litle lightening bolt beside it, when i had my original petri, the flash bulb was king, will this work with electronic flash? and at what shutter speed, it has a leaf type shutter but 30 marked in red on the shutter speed dial.

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    The lightning bolt signifies "electronic" flash, aka X synch. It should synch at all speeds. The 30 in red is the highest shutter that will synch with a bulb on the X contact; faster speeds will have the shutter cutting off the light peak, while 1/30 will catch enough to give a good exposure.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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