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    Any Petri users out there?

    First of all, I'm new to apug, and curious about any Petri Rangefinder users out there. I own a 7S and the 1.9. The 1.9 is well built, 7S is not as good mechanical wise, but both works wonderfully sharp, I acquired both in non working order and rebuilt both of them. So if you are a Petri user, what do you have? And what you have to say about them?
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    The Petri 7S is sort of clunky. Some of the earlier Petris felt better built.

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    I'm a Petri collector kind of.. especially their rangefinders. Agreed, the 7S and 7SII are clunky and they're the only cameras that I used that are doing more noise when winding them than actually when shooting. But they do the job and are light to carry. Also they've got a quite good meter and no need for batteries... plus one of my 7SII's has the faster 1.8 lens and cost me 5 bucks... what else would you need?

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    I've got a Color Corrected 1.9 with the 45mm lens. I love it. Build like a tank. Bright finder and wonderful lens.

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    I never ever heard about Petri growing up. I'm 45 now. This spring I bought a 7S colour coated f/1.9 at an estate sale. I don't think in ran more than a few dozen films, based on the condition of the leather ever ready case it came in.

    I like to use it in outside shooting, where the CdS metering I still find reliable. Mechanically the shutter cocking has gone wonky a few times. Needs a CLA, but I only paid $40 for the camera and a whole lot of flash bulbs.
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    I have a Petri Racer, and a Color Corrected Super 2.8 (green window), both are great cameras. The C.C. Super was put together from two non-working cameras, and has some wonderful cleaning mark induced flare in the lens.
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    I have a 7sII I got as a teenager that I still use except for a small dent it is like new even the selenium exposure meter still works. I did have to replace all the foam light seals with felt & wool as they have perished.

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    I got a 7s in a lot of cameras. I let my daughter run a roll of color through it and was surprised how sharp they came out. Tried to sell it on the rangefinder forum, eventually bringing the price down to like $19. No takers. Perhaps Petri's are Love them or Hate them....

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    When I was in my teens and first getting into photography, the Petri 7S was popular as the least-expensive decent "real" 35mm camera there was and quite a few I knew bought them. I opted for a used Mamiya SD instead. Those who bought the 7S had good luck, but most of them wished to "upgrade" ASAP and often bought such things as the Spotmatic, SRT-101, or Nikkormat and went the SLR route.

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    I have a 7S that belonged to my dad. It works fine in all respects apart from the focus ring being seized. I'd love to have it fixed some day because there's a sentimental attachment - it's the camera that all my childhood photos were taken on in the 60s/70s.

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