Contribute content to 35mmc

I’m always on the lookout for people to contribute content to 35mmc. I could ramble on until the end of my days on this blog, but all it really amounts to is just one meandering perspective. I want this blog to be representative of the diversity of individuals, opinion and approaches within photography, and the best way for that to happen is for readers with differing opinions to be able to contribute them here in the form of guest posts and reviews.

Guest Reviews

If you have a film camera that you have a particular fancy for and feel like you can string 800+ words together on the subject, then I’d like to hear from you! It’s also been known for me to let digital camera reviews through the net, providing they come from the perspective of the sort of person who appreciates shooting film. Accessory reviews are also welcome, especially when it comes to equipment like scanners, films, darkroom kit – anything that plays an active part in the image-making process.

If you’ve read any reviews here on 35mmc, you will see that I like to keep things relatively informal. Readers of this blog like to hear about how and why you get on with (or indeed don’t get on with) what you are reviewing. They like to read how a camera works in practice, not just what it says it does in the back of the manual.

And above all, they like to read about how and why the features appeal to you and the way you shoot or produce an image. In short, don’t get too hung up on specifications and facts, the experience and results are much more important!

I’d also actively encourage anyone to take advantage of this to link back 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

Guest Posts

This blog isn’t just made up of reviews.

Everything from technical guides, photo-philosophy, repairs, cleaning and modifications, it’s all been posted about here on 35mmc. Just have a click through the menu at the top, it’s all there! If you have something interesting and unique to add, then get in touch…

Just bear in mind, whatever the content, 800+ words and lots of photos are key.

A photography project

Another way to contribute is to write something about a project. Some of the most popular posts shared on this website come from photographers who’ve shared thoughts on a project or theme of shooting they are working on. The most popular talk about film and camera choices as well as method and subject.

5 frame with a…

The idea is 5 photos, loosely around a theme, all taken with one camera/lens combination. I’d like those photos to be paired with around words – this might be about the choice of camera, or something about the lens, or even about the subject. Don’t forget though, if you ha e more to say or more images you like to share, don’t feel restrained by this, feel free to write as much as you have to say!

Are you a Compact Camera Photographer?

Even if you don’t have a specific topic you would like to talk about, there’s still a way that you can get involved. If you’re just passionate about shooting compact or rangefinder cameras and would like to share some thoughts on why, you can base a post around some or all of the following questions:

  1. 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

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 fine too, they are just a guide to get you started.

Linking back to you

Whatever you write, 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! The internet was designed to connect information together, I want this site to contribute to that as much as possible. It’s good for this website, it’s good for the websites you link to and it’s good for the reader of this site. So don’t forget!

Submit Content

If you fancy submitting a post, then get in touch preferably with a text-only draft of the post. At the point, assuming all is well, I’ll send you a link to register on the site, you can add the content, and we can work together through the process of getting it ready to publish.

Publishing lead times

Please just bear in mind any content submitted won’t be published instantly. I have a backlog of content that I post at a rate 6 posts a week, this adds up to a rolling lead time of about 4-8 weeks. All content is published in the order of it being finished and ready to be put live. There are some occasions when content pushes up the queue, but this is usually only when something is date specific, or is relevant to another piece of content.

Commercial content

If you’re a marketer scouring the internet looking for somewhere to submit some drivel about some clients product. Move along please, you aren’t welcome here!

If you are a manufacturer looking for someone to review your product or service or are interested in advertising here on 35mmc, please read this.

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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! 🙂

  • Reply
    March 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I was reading your Summarit 50mm review in which you concluded the late Summicron makes more sense. I have the latter as well as a 50mm f2.8 Elmar, last type. This is a very neat lens and lighter than the Summicron. I can’t see where the results are inferior to the Summicron without a scientific appraisal. The Elmar telescopes into the M body for portability and I have to remember to pull it outwards and rotate the lens head before focusing. It does seem a little delicate in construction. The Summicron feels built like a tank by comparison so it weighs more and is bigger. Does the weight of your camera bag bother you?
    i would say the best value is the 40mm Summicron from the 1970s, very sharp from f2.8 and better results than I had from a 35mm f2.5 Summarit (since sold).
    Thanks for your helpful article.

  • Reply
    Naved Ansari
    September 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I am keeping analog film alive in India. Apart of my DSLR I always keep a Yashica or Olympus with a few films (35mm) in my bag and shoot it. I am trying to encourage people to use 35mm because that’s how you can get a full frame camera at less cost (lol). I have arranged processing and print services keeping with a minimum margin so that people who try to shoot on films should not spend a lot of money.
    Happy shooting

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