The Most Read and Commented upon Posts Published on 35mmc in 2023

By Hamish Gill

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

The Whole Test Roll with the Leica Mini Zoom and 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

Olympus XA2

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

LX3

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

Minolta XM vs Nikon F2

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

Screenshot of Ricoh Pentax Update Youtube Video

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

A Nikon FM2 against a black background.

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

Nikon D700

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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By Hamish Gill
I started taking photos at the age of 9. Since then I've taken photos for a hobby, sold cameras for a living, and for a little more than decade I've been a professional photographer and, of course, weekly contributor to 35mmc.
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Julian Tanase on The Most Read and Commented upon Posts Published on 35mmc in 2023

Comment posted: 01/01/2024

Hamish, it's been an interesting year. I do hope that 2024 will offer you less trouble with the site :) . Thank you for your work and support along the entire 2023. Happy NY ! All the best !
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David Hume on The Most Read and Commented upon Posts Published on 35mmc in 2023

Comment posted: 01/01/2024

Happy New Year Hamish! Congrats on keeping the home fires burning through 2023 and here's hoping that 2024 is good to you. It's interesting, I think, that there seems to be a renewed interest in older digital cameras among the 35mmc readership. I detect this too as a general trend, but that could well be confirmation bias from me. Their prices are certainly rising though, so maybe it's real. Real or not - I think it's healthy and makes sense. I like the idea that people are interested in exploring what's out there and looking at options that are less expensive than just getting the latest mainstream digital offering. One of the things I like about 35mmc is that it's not too clickbaitey. Sheesh - these Youtube piece saying "The most film-like digicam ever!" are doing no-one any favours. I'll be shooting less film in 2024 I reckon, but I'll also be keen to tailor my shooting experience to my own taste with a range of gear; film and dig, and look forward to contributing to the discussion. Cheers!
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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 01/01/2024

Yeah, I have wondered if it’s confirmation bias too, but I see it everywhere now. I think it’s good too - people are choosing and buying kit that fits a budget or creative goal or whatever, rather than just buying whatever the big brands are most recently peddling. Actually, if you look at Fuji prices, that’s where I’ve seen most hikes. A perfect storm of lack of availability, trend, and a lack of desire just to shoot the latest, and prices of even much older kit has gone up loads over the last year-ish. I still get accused of click bait once in a blue moon. But it’s usually by someone who’s angry at a negative opinion I’ve posted about a camera they love more than their mum

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DANIEL STEVENSON on The Most Read and Commented upon Posts Published on 35mmc in 2023

Comment posted: 31/12/2023

Thank you for this again. I love to see what is interesting everyone else. As for the digital full frame article being popular I can understand it. For the first time in over 10 years, this last year I worked with a digital camera again on a professional assignment.
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Comment posted: 31/12/2023

What’s been the motivation to switch?

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Eric on The Most Read and Commented upon Posts Published on 35mmc in 2023

Comment posted: 31/12/2023

Great lists of great articles. Looking forward to what you have to share in 2024.
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Peter Roberts on The Most Read and Commented upon Posts Published on 35mmc in 2023

Comment posted: 31/12/2023

Thanks for another annual roundup, Hamish. This one in particular serves as an opportunity to thank you for skippering the good ship 35mmc safely through what has obviously been a difficult year. May 2024 prove to be a smoother passage for you and yours.
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