As the tradition dictates, I shall be brief: As follows is a list of the most read and then the most engaged with articles shared on 35mmc in 2023. As always, I have split the list into two groups of the top 9 articles. Have a flick through, and let me know your thoughts about 2023’s top content!
Most Page Views
These are the articles that would published this year, that received the most page views across the whole year:
9. Leica Mini Zoom – A Whole (Test) Roll with Kodak Gold 200
A nice little whole roll experience of the Leica Mini Zoom. I also really approve of the sentiment at the end that cameras like this should be used and not treated with over the top levels of care. You can read the full article here.
8. Economies of Film
An essay from Simon King about his personal economies of using film in the context of rising prices – read the essay here
7. Olympus XA2 – A Brief Guide to my Every Day Carry Camera
A solid little review of the Olympus XA2 by Sean Arntz – seeing as this is where the website started it is nice to see point and shoot cameras still featuring in the most read list – read the review here
6. Panasonic LX3 – 8 Months with a 14 Year Old Point and Shoot
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little bit of pleasure out of inspiring a little bit of GAS in a reader to the point that they go out and buy a camera… What rounds it off nicely is when they end up getting some really stunning results. Some of these old digital cameras deserve every bit of the resect they get. Have a read here.
5. Minolta XM Compared to the Nikon F2 – Between Myth and Market
Some strong camera geekery here, and very informative too. As a long standing fan of Nikon pro cameras, I almost forget that the competition were doing interesting things that were intended to differentiate them from the likes of Nikon – read the article here
4. NEWS: Pentax’s New Compact Fixed-Lens Film Camera Embraces Tradition with Mechanical Film Advance Lever
The first of a couple of news articles that made the top 9 – perhaps understandably in this case, seeing as it is an article about a new film camera from a major brand – fingers crossed Pentax will actually release a film camera this year! Read more here
3. NEWS: “Most Viewed” Photograph Taken On Fujifilm With A Mamiya RZ67
Most viewed meets most viewed recognise that photo? It almost makes me feel nostalgic – read more here
2. The Short Telephoto – My Preferred Carry-Everywhere Lens
A bit of a surprise entry for me this one. This article ended up having more views in one day than any other article over the whole year the day after it was published. I can only assume it got picked up by one of the browser news feeds or similar – read here
1. Olympus OM1 – Return of a Classic
Always nice to see a solid camera review reach number one, especially when it was written by Julian who is a relatively new regular contributor to the website – read the review here
Most Commented upon Articles of 2023
As much as it is interesting to see which articles get the most views, it’s often in the hands of google who wins in the end. When it comes to the most commented upon, I feel like this is almost the “people’s vote” as to which articles are most interesting. Of course, sometimes most interesting can also just mean most triggering… I will get to that point in a mo…
9. Quick Thoughts on Eight of the Nikkor Nifty Fifties
A really great read from David looking at a cross section of Nikon 50mm lenses – read here
8. My First Major Development Fail
We’ve all been there. Lot’s of empathy and advice in the comments section on this one! Read the post here
7. Two Photographers, One Camera, and the Crushing Disappointment of Film
Another tale of a failure and another set of (mostly) encouraging comments – have a read of the post here
6. Looking back at 10 Years of 35mmc
Did you know 35mmc turned 10 this year? It still blows my mind to be honest – just a quick stat, as of writing these words on the 15th of December we have 3280 published articles by 1080 contributors… crazy! Thanks all!! Read the back story to 35mmc here
5. A Cautionary Tale about Scanning Negs with a Digital Camera
This one… if I didn’t have a sense of humour, I might have lost the plot. Have a look at the comments and you will find a lot of people not quite seeing the nature or intent of the article, or at least not seeing it as I saw it. To such a great degree, I had to add a little preface with a link to the opposing argument. The first in this list of articles that triggered readers… you can read it here
4. The Short Telephoto – My Preferred Carry-Everywhere Lens
It seems I am not the only one who holds favour for a short tele lens. Lots of folks here telling similar stories. Read the post here.
3. The Digital Rangefinder: an Endangered Species?
An interesting article followed by lots of interesting discussion in the comments section. If you are interested in rangefinder cameras and or Leica, you might enjoy this one. Read more here
2. AI Photography: My Journey Into A New Medium
An interesting post about AI that I had a strong feeling might trigger a few people here. Ed actually ended up being part of a debate at the Analogue Spotlight event in October. Is AI Photography actually photography… no, probably not, but it can play an interesting part in photography practices, and certainly deserves more open discussion and debate. Read the post here
1. Nikon D700 – a 2023 Review of a Classic Full Frame DSLR
Interesting that for the second year running, the most commented upon article is one about a vintage digital camera – with the cost of film, I just think there are a lot more of us who are reaching for cheaper options to supplement our use of film. And there is a lot to be said for a full frame DSLR that can be picked up for £200… read the post here
Another year gone… they are speeding up… Happy New Year everyone!
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