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March 6, 2014 / Gregory Williams

First Photos: Petri 1.9, Guan Yin & Aperture

I shoot this statue of Guan Yin a lot. It’s in the court yard at work, a conveniet and consistent place for me to test cameras.

Here are two consecutive shots of Guan Yin, each using a different aperture setting.

The shot above was taken at f/16 and below at f/11. In my opinion both are completely acceptable but the difference in mood is remarkable.

This makes sense. I mean if you look at the 1.9’s controls the aperture dial reads 1.9, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, and 16. On a modern camera I would never jump from 16 to 11 without stopping somewhere in the middle unless I had a good reason. Anyway on rangefinders I’ve always been more apt to go after shutter speed. Which by the way for these shots was 1/100 s, interesting in that the 1.9 has a standardized aperture dial, but was either released before standard shutter speeds were widely adopted or Petri ignored the standard?

These were taken on the same roll of Kodak BW400CN as in the last post First Photos: Petri 1.9, where there is also a link to a picture of the Petri 1.9.



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  1. dehk / Mar 8 2014 7:56 pm

    Your petri looks great.

    • Gregory Williams / Mar 8 2014 8:11 pm

      Thanks. Took me a while to find one that was functional and not too beat up.

      • dehk / Mar 8 2014 8:24 pm

        Haha none of the ones I had works at first. The last one I had to put parts from 3 of them together.

  2. dehk / Mar 8 2014 7:57 pm

    If you think about it. 1/100 and 1/200 would be even better with the sunny 16 rule.

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