Olympus and Petri Screw mount cameras

Olympus FTL, 1971-1972?

Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000,B
Flash: F, X, and hot shoe; 1/60.
Metering: full aperture TTL metering
Finder: Microprism spot and ground-glass collar; meter needle
Battery: PX625

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self-timer
It has a ball catch at the point where lens is fully screwed home, providing the lens catch.
(Fujica cameras have similar feature)

From Hilary Cuerden-Clifford
I bought one new in 1973, and enjoyed a solid, good quality compact camera with good design and wonderful optics. Pity it had a design flaw that left you without slow shutter speeds (returned five times for a fix under warranty and was never right). The advent of the OM1 soon after meant that there was only a small range of lenses that featured full aperture metering (28, 35, 50, 135, 200, I think). Otherwise, one had to make do with third party lenses. This was a potentially fine camera that was overtaken by events.

Petri Penta, 1959

Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1/2-1/500,B
Flash: F and X-synch at 1/50
Metering: none
Finder: Central matte area in ground-glass screen
Battery: none

Manual diaphragm(?)
Instant return mirror

Petri FTX, 1974

(Argus STL and Spiraflex TTL in USA).
Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000,B
Flash: Standard F? and X sync, hot shoe, at 1/60.
Metering: stoped-down TTL metering
Finder: Microprism spot and ground-glass collar; meter needle
Battery: PX625(?)

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self-timer

Update by courtesy of Ron Norwood : The Argus STL was made by Cosina and one version of the STL-1000 is the Petri. There were two models of the STL-1000 also by Cosina. Argus TTL is also this same Petri.

Petri FT500 and FT1000, 1976

(Also Exacta TL 500 and TL 1000)
Similar to the FTX but with (1/500 fastest speed for FT500).
Battery: RM675R

Petri FA-1, 1975-??


Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000,B; Auto shutter priority
Flash: F and X-synch and hot shoe, at 1/60.
Metering: TTL at open aperture.
Finder: Microprism spot and ground-glass and clear collars in Fresnell screen; meter needle; improper exposure warinig.
Battery: RM675R

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self timer.
F-stop visible in viewfinder

(At least some of the FA-1 have Petri bayonet mount. But I saw a photo of FA-1 with M42 mount).

Petri MF-T 1000, 1976-1978

(Also Petri MF-101A and Hanimex CR 1000)
Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000,B
Flash: X-synch and removable hot shoe, at 1/60.
Metering: Stoped-down TTL.
Finder: Microprism spot and ground-glass and clear collars in Fresnell screen; meter needle;
Battery: RM675R(?)

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self timer.

From Franka T. Lieu:

Petri MF-1, 1976-??


Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: Mechanical 1-1/1000 + B
Flash: Standard F? and X sync, hot shoe, at 1/60.
Metering: stoped-down TTL metering
Finder: Microprism spot and ground-glass collar; meter needle
Battery: RM675R

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self-timer

The Petri MFT-1000 as mentioned above is actually the export naming. Most of them were actually made as MF-1 and sold in home market. Both Black and Silver ( its not chrome, but rather Silver finished Engineering Plastic ). I have 2 of the Silver Bodies and used to own a Black one. They were in Petri's last days exported extensively to the Asian Market as economy models.

From: Miguel Ledezma: I had seen this camera (MF-1) under a variety of names. The Petri SLR 35 and the Promatic Compact-R are identical to the Petri MF-1, Petri Micro MF-1, Petri MF-T 1000, Petri MF-101A & Hanimex CR 1000; I had never seen the last two.

Petri TTL, ??-??

(Information by courtesy of Petri Raty)
Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000,B;
Flash: F and X-synch and hot shoe, at 1/60.
Metering: TTL at open aperture (?).

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self timer.
Self-timer is jammed, so I don't know about mirror lock up, but it doesn't have any special button for mirror. Rigth bottom of viewfinder is exposure meter indicator, which is metal circle and floating 'stick'. Hard to see in other than direct sunlight. F-stop is right for selected film sensitivy when 'stick' is in the middle of the circle. pictures can be found on my homepage at http://www.lpt.fi/~praty/indexeng.html (will change in near future to koti.mbnet.fi/~praty)


Update by courtesy of Erik Jakobsen:

Flash: X-synch and hot shoe, at 1/50.
Metering: TTL stopped down
Battery: PX625
Finder: Microprism spot and ground-glass collar.
In Denmark first sold approx. spring- 1973. Available in all-black or 'metal'- look. I've had one since 1974, and it's still perfect after all these years. Metering not at open aperture, but only 'stoped down', I can't find anything about 'F'flash sync on my camera, so I don't think it's 'F'-synchronized. About 'mirror lock up': the mirror stays down until right before shutter opens and the mirror goes down immidiately after shutter closes; no way to lock the mirror in any other position. Battery: look at http://www.criscam.com/mr9.htm

Petri MF-2, 1977-??


Fixed pentaprism, magnification 0.9, 93%
Shutter: Electronic 4s-1/1000 + B + M (M - Mechanical 1/50)
Flash: Standard X sync, hot shoe, at 1/60.
Metering: stoped-down TTL metering (Half-press stops the lens down and starts mettering)
Finder: Horisontal split-image and surrounding microprism spot; meter LED
Battery: 2xS76 (2x1.5v)

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self-timer
Only black finish

Other Petri screw mount cameras.??


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