I spent a long time searching for the perfect compact and after weeks of thinking (and having read Hamish’s review a number of times) I ended up with a Minolta TC1.
Why? It has everything I want in a compact camera:
Form: It’s pocketable. Not “pocketable” like a lot of compacts, where it physically fits in your pocket but it looks like you’re carrying a brick in your trousers. Actually pocketable. The result: it comes everywhere with me.
Function: It shoots in aperture priority mode. It retains settings when you turn it on and off i.e. I can set it and forget about it. The viewfinder is bright, clear and has all the information I need in it.
Lens: It’s unreal. It delivers sharp, contrasty, beautiful images with a certain character that means every image has a “TC1 feel” to it.
I’ve owned plenty of film cameras in my time but I’ve put more rolls through this camera than any other by some distance. Its size and its ability to get out of your way whilst consistently producing amazing images means it’s hard to leave the house without it.
Below are five shots taken from a roll of Portra shot on our three week honeymoon in Sri Lanka (with the last image on the roll shot in a South London car park).
These images are all as they came back from the lab (corrected by the lab for colour cast and nothing else). Hopefully you’ll agree with my view that this lens is one of the best ever put on a compact!
If, like me, you spent hours trying to decide which compact is the one for you (and assuming 28mm works for you as a focal length), buy this camera. You won’t regret it.
You can see more images from this camera (and a few others) on my instagram: isa_on_film