Some of you may remember a few weeks ago when I posted about a Petri rangefinder that I had repaired. Well, I finally got a chance to take it out yesterday and see how well I had done with the repair. The camera is working well, for the most part. There is a bit of uneven exposure, with the center of the frame being over exposed. It seems that the shutter leaves are not moving quite as fast as they should. I have corrected this for the pictures displayed, using local brightness and contrast enhancements in Capture NX2. Additionally, I adjusted some of the exposures to account for my suspect abilities with using the Sunny 16 rule. As per, our unofficial guidelines for this forum, no sharpening was applied in post. A little History first. Petri Camera has been around since 1907. According to Wiki, the company was originally known as Kuribayashi Shashin K?gy? or Kuribayashi Camera Industry, inc. Japan, before changing it's name to Petri in 1962. Curiously, the name change came after the introduction of this camera. Petri is better know for their rangefinders with green rangefinder windows and the Green-O-Matic" nickname. If you want to see an example of what I'm talking about, see Rick Drawbridge's Post on the later 2.8 version. This camera predates the Green-o-Matic window, which would put its manufacture, most likely, in 1958, from what I can glean from the internet. Thsi version sports a Copal MXV shutter with speeds from 1-1/500 sec plus bulb, and provides a sync terminal for M or X flash synchronization. The aperture has 10 blades, producing lovely out-of-focus characteristics. The$.5 cm f1.9 lens is decently sharp on my copy, but not the sharpest I've used. It is worth mentioning that it may have well been a tad sharper before I opened it up. Whilst perusing eBay for nothing in particular, I happened across a set of auxiliary lenses for this camera. I put in the first bid. No one else seemed inclined to bid on them. As it turns out, maybe there's a good reason for that. The tele is not very tele, and the wide not very wide. Both have a pretty fair amount of edge blurring to them, the wide lens less so than the tele. Probably would have been better off saving that $10. As I was getting ready to head out, a cacophony of chainsaws and diesel engines arose just down the street. A neighbor a few houses down was having a tree removed from his back yard and the tree service brought in one of the oldest cranes I've ever seen in use. The motor at the back that powers the hydraulics for the boom smoked up the whole neighborhood and sounded like it's muffler rotted away in about 1980 or so and was never replaced. The guy operating the crane seemed to take a fair amount of enjoyment in bossing everybody around during the set up. Eventually they got everything situated and got to work. The first thing was to use the crane to haul a fellow, whose job fits squarely into the category of "things that I wouldn't want to do for a living," into the top of the tree with a chainsaw. The above picture was taken with the wide angle aux lens. Here's a shot of the guy up in the tree taken with the telephoto lens. It was still quite cool out, and since I'm a bit of a weenie when it comes to cold weather, I went back home and decided to wait for it to warm up a bit before going out again. Once the temps got up into the mid 50's or so, I headed out again. This is a Methodist church a few blocks from my house. An overgrown tree nearby. A few blocks away, North Parkway does an S curve while passing under 3 overpasses. I know there's a great shot here somewhere, but this isn't it. One of these days I'll find the right combo of focal length and angle of view. Coming out from under the overpasses puts you right next to the mammoth Sears Crosstown building, 1.4 million square feet of abandonment. 14 stories tall at it's highest point, the building towers over the surrounding houses and commercial buildings. When it was originally constructed in 1927, it was considered to be in the middle of nowhere. Once a bustling center of warehousing and shipping of goods, the building saw a steady decline of activity as Sear's mail order business declined. Sears discontinued most of its operations there in the 1980's and finally closed the doors in 1993. It's sat unoccupied ever since. Recently, though, the city council voted to devote funds to help a redevelopment group begin the initial phase of bringing the building back to life as a mixed-use structure. So far, all they've managed to do is fence in the parking lot. At his point, I ran out of film and headed home. The film used was Kentmere 100, developed on T-Max developer for 7 mins at 69F. Scanned on Epson V600 at 2400 dpi. Most of these shots were taken at f5.6-11, but the shot of the cross and the last shot were taken at f1.9. Thanks for looking.