Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The User's Review: Three Versions of Petri Shoe Mount Light Meter

These meters are also called as 'Petri Torpedo Light Meter' by some users because of their cool shape. They use light instead of  battery to power themselves, and are easy to operate. I believe that they were made in 1960s - 1970s. Their dimension/shape did not changed over the years, but they do have some differences as my three Perti meters tell me. I describe them in an order based on their feature's age I believe.

V1 (left in the images): Has both DIN (11 - 30) and ASA (10 - 800) scales; Shutter speed marked as 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500; Has a black Petri logo; No zero screw on the back; Marked as 'Petri Camera Company, Inc. Japan' behind the needle window.

V2 (middle in the images): The same as V1 except no DIN marks on the front ring.

V3 (right in the images): No DIN marks; Has an extra speed scale as 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500; A different red logo instead of the black one; The black marks between the needle window and f/speed ring are different from the previous two visions; Has a zero screw on the back, Marked as 'Kuribayashi Camera Industry, inc. Japan'.



  1. Finding one of these is not easy, and you have three different versions!!! Awesome! I have the V3 as well. Works wonderfully despite its age!

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  3. Hi, I have yet a different cosmetic version of the V3 meter. Mine has the ASA scale in dark yellow (rather than orange) but the ASA engraving and diamond marker are white, and the meter needle is silver, not red. Works well and is accurate too.