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The Most Read and Commented upon Posts Published on 35mmc in 2019

December 31, 2019

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but after seeing basically everyone else do it and subsequently asking on twitter if people were interested, I thought it might be worthwhile taking a little bit of a look back at the most popular posts on 35mmc from the year passed.

Ok, so I’m going to do this like a little they used to on Top of the Pops with a countdown starting at no.9. I also have two sets of posts, this first set is the most read posts, the second set of 9 posts is the most commented on.

At no.9 we have:

SHOOTING THE NEW VOIGTLANDER ULTRON 35MM F/2 ASPH IN HONG KONG – BY ONG SIEN HONG

In this post Ong Sien Hong takes a look at the what was then brand new Voigtlander 35mm f/2. After shooting some street photography with it mounted to a Zeiss Ikon ZM, he concludes that it’s not far off the quality of the much more expensive Leica Summicron.

https://www.35mmc.com/24/04/2019/shooting-the-new-voigtlander-ultron-35mm-f-2-asph-in-hong-kong-by-ong-sien-hong/

At no.8:

A MINOX 35 GT REVIEW – A TRUE POCKET CAMERA – BY GASTON W

A nice little review this one. It taps in nicely to the original theme of 35mmc being around 35mm compact cameras. Not only is it about one, but it talks about the ideals and shooting style of the sort of photographer who would carry this sort of camera.

Minox 35 GT review – a true pocket camera – by Gaston W

At no.7:

KODAK PORTRA 800 – A REVIEW/SOME THOUGHTS ON SHOOTING IT WITHIN MY WORKFLOW

In this review I talked about my experiences with what I would still say today is my absolute favourite film: Portra 800. The combination of slightly more saturated colours than the other speed Portra films, the low grain, high speed and compatibility with how I shoot make it an absolute winner for me! Fingers crossed the Kodak sort out their supply issues ASAP!

https://www.35mmc.com/03/06/2019/kodak-portra-800-a-review-some-thoughts-on-shooting-it-within-my-workflow/

At no. 6:

MINOLTA CLE REVIEW: THE MOST ZEN OF M-MOUNT RIGS – STEVEN BLEISTEIN

Steven has been a regular contributor to 35mmc for a little while now, but this is one of his more thorough and enjoyable reviews.

Minolta CLE Review: The Most Zen of M-Mount Rigs – Steven Bleistein

At No.5:

SAYING GOODBYE TO MY LEICA M [TYP 262] – A PARTING REVIEW

A sort-of review I wrote about my experiences with a Leica 262 as I parted with it in favour of the Leica M10-P

Leica M [typ 262] Review – Saying Goodbye

At No.4:

A ZEISS 35MM F/1.4 ZM DISTAGON REVIEW – AN OPTICAL WONDER!

The experience I had shooting this incredible lens was one of the factors that led me to purchase a set of ZM lenses later on in the year. The Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 ZM Distagon was not one that I ended up buying, I don’t shoot 35mm lenses enough to warrant owning something so expensive, fast or big – but to the right person this lens is likely completely unbeatable!

Zeiss 35mm 1.4 ZM Distagon Review – Optically Awesome!

At No.3:

YET ANOTHER LEICA M6 REVIEW: IS IT WORTH THE HYPE? – BY JOE MONAT

It’s all in the title really, yet another M6 review… A good one though, and quite pragmatic in the end.

https://www.35mmc.com/04/04/2019/yet-another-leica-m6-review-is-it-worth-the-hype-by-joe-monat/

At No.2:

THE FUJI X-PRO 3 – A DIGITAL CAMERA DESIGN PHILOSOPHY I CAN GET ON BOARD WITH!

It surprised me a little how popular this post was. I’d been intrigued to read about Fuji releasing a camera that intentionally narrowed the target audience by taking features away and making the screen on the back harder to use. This is the sort of activity I love to see from camera manufacturers, so was inspired write a post talking about why I think it’s such a good thing that one of them is trying to break the mould a bit. The Fuji XPro3 is definitely not a camera for everyone, and that’s definitely a good thing in my opinion.

Fuji X-Pro 3 – A digital camera design philosophy I can get on board with!

And finally, No.1:

THINKING ABOUT SPENDING A STACK OF CASH ON A FILM CAMERA? READ THIS FIRST!

It pleased me a lot how popular this post was in the end. I’m not sure how much good it did – for me or anyone else, but it had been brewing for a while…

Thinking about spending a stack of cash on a film camera? Read this first!

This next countdown features the most commented upon posts from 2019.

At no. 9

A ZEISS 35MM F/1.4 ZM DISTAGON REVIEW – AN OPTICAL WONDER!

No.4 from the most read articles make no.9 for most commented upon.

Zeiss 35mm 1.4 ZM Distagon Review – Optically Awesome!

At No.8:

THINKING ABOUT SPENDING A STACK OF CASH ON A FILM CAMERA? READ THIS FIRST!

The no.1 most read post takes no.8 most commented on

Thinking about spending a stack of cash on a film camera? Read this first!

At no. 7:

THE PENTAX MX & DOING THE “ONE CAMERA” THING TO AID A LACK OF INSPIRATION

In this post I talked about how I was hoping to channel the one camera thing to aid my lack of inspiration. It helped a little, but not entirely in the end. I still love the camera though!

https://www.35mmc.com/21/10/2019/the-pentax-mx-doing-the-one-camera-thing-to-aid-a-lack-of-inspiration/

At no. 6:

MY DARK SIDE: NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY WITH CINESTILL 800T FILM – BY CHRISTIAN SCHROEDER

I remember when Christian first got in touch with this post. I knew it was going to be a winner. Not only is the photography brilliant, bet Christian’s posts are also rich in detail and thought process behind what he does. Very happy to see one of his posts in this list!

My Dark Side: Night Photography with CineStill 800T Film – By Christian Schroeder

At no.5:

MY COLOUR FILM PHOTOGRAPHY WORKFLOW, OR: A RANT ABOUT HOW SOFTWARE ISN’T THE ENEMY!

The first of 3 of the rants I had on the website this year. This was inspired by the blinkered plonkers out there who for some reason don’t think it’s appropriate to digitally manipulate film scans…

My Colour Film Photography Workflow, or: A Rant about how Software isn’t the Enemy!

At no.4:

THE YASHICA Y35 – IT’S NOT FOR US HOITY-TOITY ELITIST FILM PHOTOGRAPHERS, YOU KNOW!?

In this post I had a bit of a rant about how the Yashica Y35 isn’t actually aimed at the film photography community.

Yashica Y35 Review – it’s not for us hoity-toity elitist film photographers, you know!?

At no.4:

SHOOTING LEICA RANGEFINDER CAMERAS WITH 3RD-PARTY LENSES IS NOT A CRIME!

In this rant I took a swing at the plonkers who seem to be hell bent on denying the right of some photographers to shoot 3rd party lenses on Leica cameras. This is something that really gets on my tits, so again was good to get off my chest…

Shooting Leica Rangefinder Cameras with 3rd-Party Lenses is not a Crime!

At no. 2:

SHOOTING MY FIRST ROLLS OF THE NEW KODAK EKTACHROME E100 – PART 1 – ROLL NO.1

The first post in a series I shared about my early experiences with Kodak’s new E100. I should have a new post in this series coming soon too – I have some 120 on the way! Exciting times!!

https://www.35mmc.com/13/05/2019/shooting-my-first-rolls-of-the-new-kodak-ektachrome-e100-part-1-roll-no-1/

And at No.1:

THE PENTAX MX – MY NUTS AND BOLTS REVIEW

A surprising entry at no.1 – lots of feedback from lots of people about how much they too like their Pentax MX. That being said, with the Pentax MX being voted over on Kosmo Foto as the best Pentax film camera they ever made, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised!

https://www.35mmc.com/11/11/2019/the-pentax-mx-my-nuts-and-blots-review/

So there we have it, the most popular content from 2019! I wonder what 2020 will bring!!

Thanks for reading everyone, and Happy New Year!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    jeremy north
    December 31, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Great set of top articles. I’m not surprised that there were a lot in both lists. I love it that there was such variety overall and that the ranty ones did well. Have a wonderful 2020

  • Reply
    John Lockwood
    December 31, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Happy New Year Hamish! This is quite a fine compilation and remembrance of all you do for the film community. Cheers!

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