(parking next week's review thread here in Mod's room)
This week, we're featuring a camera about the size of a 50cent coin made in the late 1940's in Occupied Japan.
This camera is part of Mr Kuan Kee's extensive collection of old mechanical cameras
The Petal camera was made by the Sakura Seiki Company in Japan and continued the then Japanese fascination and love affair with minature cameras.
In my hands, it felt like a little pewter jewelery piece and comes with a cute little red ribbion tied to it.
An ad for the Petal Camera ..... (image courtesy of www.vintagephoto.tv)
The dial seen on the front of the camera is used to select either 1 shutter speed (I could not accurately estimate the speed but guesstimate it at around 1/90sec ) or a bulb exposure.
The film is circular in shape and film advancing is done by ROTATING the film ...... you rotate the film from one number to the next (the numbers are engraved along the circumfrence and a it needs to match up with a red colored dot.
Opening up the back of the Petal Camera there is nothing much to see but for a little hole at the 11o'clock position. Thats the exposure frame . Once an exposure is made, the round film is rotated to the next unexposed segment of film.
There are numbers 1 to 6 so I am guessing this camera takes 6 exposures per disc of film
At the top of the camera you will see a small little round hole ..... this is the optical viewfinder ..... no glass.
The Front of the camera has the words Petal Patented engraved and the Back of the camera is engraved with "Made in Occupied Japan"
The Petal Camera came with its own Patel Film that comes in a square paper wrapped package that reads " Patel - Patel Film , Panchromatic, Daylight Loading".