Some of the first cameras to come out of post-war Japan were the tiny,
inexpensive, simply-made Hit-type cameras. They were not designed for
export, but rather for the impoverished home market. The same is true of
the Petie camera, except for a few of the details. First was the location
-- post-war Germany. Secondly, these cameras used 16mm film, instead
of the 17.5mm film of the Hit-type cameras. But like their Japanese
cousins, the Petie used paper-backed film and created 14mmx14mm images.
The Petie was simply-made with a 20mm (f9.0) fixed-focus lens and a
single shutter speed of 1/50. The original model (1955) came with a
meniscus lens which was later updated to an achromatic lens. It was available
in grey or black with colorful trim. Accessories included a closeup lens,
yellow filter, lens hood, table top tripod, and case. This was the
original model on which later Kunik models were based.
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