Petri Racer (1966)

This is a Petri Racer 35mm rangefinder camera made by Petri Camera K.K. starting in 1966.  The Racer was a compact version of the larger 7 series but came with similar 6-element f/1.9 and f/2.8 lenses, and featured the company’s trademark “Green-O-Matic” system which increased contrast in the coincident image rangefinder.  …

Petri Flex V (1961)

What is it? This is a Petri Flex V 35mm SLR camera made by Kuribayashi Shashin Kōgyō K.K. in 1961.  Kuribayashi wouldn’t officially take the name “Petri” until a year after this camera’s release.  This camera is an evolution of Kuribayashi’s first 35mm SLR, the Petri Penta from 1959 which used …

Kuribayashi Karoron (1949)

What is it? This is a Kuribayashi Karoron folding medium format camera made by K.K. Kuribayashi Shashin Kikai Seisakusho in 1949.  It shoots 16 exposures of 6cm x 4.5cm on a roll of 120 film.  The Karoron is not a common camera outside of Japan, but it looks to be well built …