ROUND-UP: Camera Reviews from the Film Photography Blogosphere

By Molly Kate

The latest bi-weekly round up of camera reviews and stories from the film photography blogosphere is here. From very cheap plastic options that can be found at TK Maxx for 12.99 GBP to the luscious Leica IIIG and iconic Nikon F, there’s a wide range of recently published articles below for your reading pleasure.

This is a series we started on 35mmc to share more of the wonderful writing and unique perspectives from analogue camera-focused blogs in the film community. From well-known cameras to obscure one-offs, these bloggers have your camera interests covered, each with their own delightful twists and personal takes on their reviews.


Samsung ECX 1 Panorama on Camera Go Camera

Samsung ECX 1 Panorama

“It was released in 1994 and the design won awards. It has so many settings and features that Hamish called it a ‘Dad’ camera in this wonderful post. I can say I upped Hamish by ONE, I used one of the fancy features while testing the camera, the double exposure.” – Peggy Marsh

The lomographer’s XPan – Lomography Sprocket Rocket Review on Canny Cameras

The lomographer’s XPan – Lomography Sprocket Rocket Review

“To many the Hasselblad Xpan is a legendary 35mm that offers a massive 65mmx24mm frame. But these days selling for over a grand you’ll not likely see me picking one. But turns out there is a lo-fi equivalent that actually shots not just wider but taller frames. And if it dies it wont be a 3-4 grand brick sitting on on you shelf. Meet the Lomography Sprocket Rocket.” – Alan Duncan

Is this the cheapest New film camera in the UK ? – CYLO 35mm Reuseable on Canny Cameras

Is this the cheapest New film camera in the UK ? – CYLO 35mm Reuseable

“Out doing a bit of festive shopping yesterday in the retail heaven/hell*(*delete as you feel) that is TK Maxx. When I spotted near the checkout a camera for just £12.99. Let’s meet the Cylo 35mm although Oddly I feel I’ve met it before.”- Alan Duncan

The Cinematic Point and Shoot – Minolta P’s (Freedom Vista) Review on Casual Photophile

The Cinematic Point and Shoot – Minolta P’s (Freedom Vista) Review

“And yet the Minolta P’s’s interesting aspect ratio, punchy lens, and overall ethos make it a camera that I highly recommend to any photographer looking for a unique and rewarding challenge.” – Roberto Felipe

Nikon N2000 Review – a Stunningly Cheap Film Camera on Casual Photophile

Nikon N2000 Review – a Stunningly Cheap Film Camera

“Which is strange, since the Nikon N2000 is better equipped than an F3, just as small as an AE1, and far more advanced than a K1000.” – James Tocchio

Gilligan’s Return: Leitz 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M Thin Review Part II on The Thoughts & Photography of Johnny Martyr

Gilligan’s Return: Leitz 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M Thin Review Part II

“If you are determined to buy a 90 TE without haze, the safest bets remain the Skipper and the German Gilligan. But given the rarity of German Gillians and relatively small $400-$500 price tag on most Canadian Gilligans, you might find it worth buying a late model thin guy from up north!” – Johnny Martyr

The Zenit-4: A premium Soviet SLR that’s now a historical footnote on Kosmo Foto

The Zenit-4: A premium Soviet SLR that’s now a historical footnote

By Roman Yarovitsyn

“This shelf is dedicated to 1964, the best year for Soviet camera industry in my humble opinion. Those models most interesting for me because of their uncommon design, I suddenly discovered, that production of almost all of them started in 1964 or very close to this date. For example: the Kiev-10, LOMO Voskhod, FED-10 and at last, Zenit-4 series.” – Roman Yarovitsyn

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta C 530/2 – Early Ikonic on Photo Thinking

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta C 530/2 – Early Ikonic

“When considering iconic folding cameras, a few come to mind. One that invariably makes that list is the Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta C. What’s there not to love in this camera? A folding camera which travels easily, uses readily available 120 film, produces 6×9 frames and is a rangefinder to ensure precision focusing and sharp results.” – Theo Panagopoulos

Fuji FP-1 Professional (1987) on Mike Eckman dot com

Fuji FP-1 Professional (1987)

“In comparison tests of Fuji’s new FP-100 and FP-3000B Super films shot in the FP-1 Professional camera compared to those shot on Polaroid’s own pack films, sharpness and clarity of the black and white FP-3000B Super was said to be identical to Polaroids and the FP-100 showing superior sharpness and more vibrant colors than the comparable Polaroid film.” – Mike Eckman

Leica IIIg (1957) on Mike Eckman dot com

Leica IIIg (1957)

“The Leica IIIg was the last iteration of Leitz’s original 35mm camera. It adds a couple of meaningful features to the original design, but otherwise is still faithful to screw mount Leicas that came before it.” – Mike Eckman

Nikon F on Down the Road

Nikon F

“I’ve been “F curious” for a long time, but I wanted one with a classic, unmetered prism head. I think Fs just look best this way. The metered Photomic prism heads would make the F an awful lot like the F2, at least to me, and I already own two F2s.” – Jim Grey

The Nikon F review from Jim Grey wraps up our round up for this week. If you see any analogue camera review articles or blogs that you think should be shared on this bi-weekly series, let us know in the comments below.

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About The Author

By Molly Kate
Photographer, writer, and CPA currently running a Youtube channel called Eclectachrome. I'm a huge fan of shiny new objects which makes writing news a perfect fit. Favorite cameras are often mechanical rangefinders, folders, and compacts and I love most film stocks. I enjoy developing and scanning my own film as well as printing in the darkroom when there's extra time!
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