Are you a 35mm rangefinder or compact camera photographer?

Do you shoot with a 35mm rangefinder or compact camera? If so, then I want to hear from you!

I’m looking for people to write content for 35mmc, and if you are interested in the same sort of cameras I am, you might just be the person to contribute!

I can ramble on until the end of days on this blog, but all it really amounts to is just one meandering perspective – I want to hear your point of view!

There are a few ways you can contribute:

Guest Review

If you have a 35mm compact or rangefinder camera that you have a particular fancy for, and feel like you can string 800+ words (the more the better) together on the subject, then I would like to hear from you!

As for the expected content of these reviews… If you have read any reviews around the site, you will see that I like to keep things relatively informal. I’d like to hear about how and why you get on with, or indeed don’t get on with a camera. I like to hear how a camera actually works, not just what it says it does in the back of the manual. And above all, I like to hear how and why the features appeal to you and the way you shoot.

I’d also actively encourage anyone to take advantage of this to link back to to their own blog as much as possible, especially if it contains lots of relevant photos etc. Not to mention linking to twitter accounts, facebook pages, flickr galleries and the like…

If you would like some inspiration you can find other guest reviews here

Answer the 10 Compact Photographer Questions

When I first constructed this website, I had the idea that I’d like to hear people’s opinions in such a way that they could be compared to those of others – to achieve this, I made up a set of question:

  1. First, a bit of background? As much or as little as you are comfortable sharing… Name, Where you are from, what you do, What else in life do you enjoy? that sort of thing?
  2. How long have you been taking photos?
  3. What sort of photography do you enjoy or partake in the most (street, landscape, etc)?
  4. Which is/are your favourite 35mmc compact/rangefinder cameras? 
  5. How big a part of your photography life are 35mm compact cameras/rangefinders?
  6. What about the experience of shooting with these cameras appeals to you?
  7. How do you feel they have effected your style? become part of it? or are the reason for it…?
  8. What is it specifically about these cameras that appeal to you so much?
  9. What was the path to this shooting habit? How did you discover it appealed to you?
  10. Show us your favourite/best images taken with a compact or rangefinder camera?

Other peoples answers can be found here

Ignore the questions

Not everyone chooses to answer them directly – in this post Luis just talked us through his enjoyment of these sorts of cameras without using the questions at all. This is more than fine too!

Or something else…

It doesn’t need to be a review, and you don’t need to answer the questions above. If you have something interesting and unique to add, then get get in touch…

I want to hear about why people choose and enjoy the same sorts of cameras I do…
If you shoot a rangefinder, why? What led you to that choice of camera?
Do you love a Leica? Or do you hate Leicas and think a Voigtlander or Zeiss Ikon ZM is the way forward?
Or maybe you love a rangfinder, but only if it has a thread mount with an uncoated lens on the front..?
Do you get your kicks out of unloved point & shoot cameras you find in dusty boxes in the back of charity shops?
Or maybe its that pocket gem with that tack sharp Japanese optic that gives you your kicks?
Or perhaps all you need little more than an Olympus Trip 35 and a roll of poundland film to keep you happy?


What ever the content, I’d like photos too, photos of the camera’s you talk about, and of course the photos taken with them!.

I also want you to add links to your posts – links to bodies of your work, your website, blog, tumblr, twitter, FB, Flickr etc. Links to anything you like as long as its relevant!

If you fancy submitting a post, then get in touch, I’ll send you a link to register on the site and you can start posting!




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  • Reply
    Dominik M.
    July 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Yeah, I’m waiting for these questions! :)))

  • Reply
    Marco Harder
    July 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Wow this is great! Yes, please count me as interested! 🙂

  • Reply
    troy holden
    July 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Hey Hamish — count me in. Looking forward to seeing this series of posts.

  • Reply
    Dave Lam
    July 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Yeah let’s see these questions.

  • Reply
    July 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks all, I will be in touch soon!
    Really appreciate the interest!

  • Reply
    July 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Updated with questions … answer away folks, answer away! (contact me)

  • Reply
    July 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve been taking pictures for 40 years or so. A family friend back then had an Exa 500. When he brought it over to take a few pictures once I couldn’t keep my eyes off it!

    The first camera I owned was a Polaroid 210 Automatic Land Camera, which I saved up for and bought new in the late 60’s. My first 35mm was a Mamiya-Sekor 500 DTL, which I saved up for and bought new around 1970 or so. I didn’t get my first compact 35mm camera until the early 80’s, however. That was a Pentax PC35AF. That’s the camera that made me fall in love with compact 35mm cameras.

    It was small enough to fit in the pocket, but shot quality images and had a built-in flash. Basically it was all I needed to do the kind of photography that appealed to me at the time. Which is to say, it was quick to use and gave quality snapshots.

    One evening, however, it fell out of my coat pocket and clattered onto the concrete floor of the parking structure at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. That was it for my lovely little PC35AF.

    I soon bought another–I was hooked on the small/speed/quality quotient–but the 2nd one developed problems with it’s zone focusing system and I never had a good relationship with it.

    Fast forward a couple of decades. I bought an Olympus XA through E-bay. I thought the Pentax PC35AF was a good compact, but the XA was smaller, had a better lens, and although it lacked a built in flash, it allows for more creativity due to its aperture priority design and a good brain for low light shutter speeds. Its clamshell design allows for good protection, too. It’s a rangefinder camera (although the focus patch on mine is nearly useless).

    I also now own an XA2 and an XA3. Slightly different features from the original XA, but quality cameras both. Again, small and pocketable. You can take them anywhere and be ready to make great shots in an instant.

    My current most used compact, however, is the Minox 35GT. It’s even smaller than the XA (when the lens is retracted) and has a contrasty lens that gives cracking images. It too, is aperture priority, but it’s not quite as fast as the XA to use. Its a viewfinder camera–you need to estimate the distance to your subject and set it manually. This slows things up a bit. But the camera is well made and its weight in the hand speaks quality.

    The Pentax, the XAs and the Minox all had the following in common: small enough to fit in the pocket, 35mm format, tiny enough even to be almost invisible if shot from the hip, and versatile enough to shoot in all kinds of lighting conditions.

    For me, these are the key attributes in a compact 35mm camera.

  • Reply
    February 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I came across your page accidentally, looking for some detailed information for an ebay auction, started reading about a camera (Contax T3) I bought along with a few others for resale and found myself two beers and an hour later still reading your reviews, seriously thinking about keeping that 800€ worth camera, though I never was interested in Photography. Very well done homepage! Must have been a lot of work.
    (pls excuse my English I am a native german)

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      No need to excuse yourself, you language is fine! Glad you like the site! Keep the camera or not, you should at least put a film through it! 🙂

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