About 35mmc

35mmc is a blog about photography and cameras. It is edited and published by me, Hamish Gill, featuring one or two posts of my own each week. In addition to my thoughts, I also regularly publish content submitted by the online community of photographers 35mmc resides within.

The focus for the website was historically 35mm film cameras, mostly compact and rangefinder models, though as time passes, these early themes are much less exclusively what 35mmc is about. Digital photography has also become a small part of the fabric of the website, but where digital cameras are featured the focus is on gear that’s right for the task at hand, and not what’s the biggest, best, fastest or latest.

Digital photography has arguably lost its way and has become far too involved in technology, gimmicks and selling points that overcomplicate the cameras. Manufacturers peddle the latest and greatest cameras with the promise that more features and higher specifications will improve the photography of the user. Objectively speaking, there’s some truth in this too: computational features found even in smartphone cameras allow for some wonderful photos to be taken by the rank amateur. But for many photographers, this sort of approach to photography lacks an enjoyment in the process that’s more commonly found in processes associated with analogue photography.

For many of us who shoot film cameras – exclusively or alongside digital cameras – a percentage of our attraction comes from the simplicity of the cameras, the process of using them and the sense of a connection to the process of taking the photo without too much interference from technology. The user experience of cameras, weighted toward an appreciation of simple cameras, has therefore become a core theme of this website.

Ultimately, whilst our focus is around and about cameras, content written by both myself and the community is best described as experiential rather than prescriptive. Photography is a personal experience to both those who partake in it as a hobby and those who make it a profession. Photography is a vast topic, with endless opportunities. 35mmc is simply a blog for those who those who feel affinity with the themes and ideas outlined above

Some posts that are cornerstones of the themes of 35mmc, or provide good examples of our content include:

The lure of the uncomplicated camera
Defining the Perfect Lens
What is a rangefinder camera and is one right for you?
Snapshots of a commute
It’s not the Camera

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  • Reply
    Neil Lamb
    February 14, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Read your blog for the first time after just buying an Olympus trip off e bay.
    Great inspiration to get shooting on film.
    I resurrected my old slides from 79 to 82 and revelled at the depth of clarity and fun we had looking them. Where has that experience gone?

    Looking forward to getting back to 35 MM. film and the fun of seeing how you prints turn out.
    I feel cheated by digital; loads of shots, but nothing to show!!!!!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Hi Neil! Always good to hear from someone taking the step! Digital has it’s place, but your right, something does often feel lost! Good luck!

  • Reply
    Anuj Agarwal
    September 21, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hi 35mmc Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog 35mmc has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 30 Film Photography Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 30 Film Photography Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


  • Reply
    Ken Davis
    December 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Hamish, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog, next time I buy anything from ebay I’ll try to remember to use your link. Thanks for the information about Cameraworks, I’ve some jobs that need doing on my M cameras and lenses so I’ll contact them about this work. While I use digital a lot, usually with an M9 I still carry film M’s and usually have other ‘classics’ with a film in them. The latest I’m using is an Ilford Sportsman from the 1960’s Its shutter seems OK, the meter is spot on and while the rangefinder is a bit dim it works. Once the slide film is processed I’ll add something to the blog assuming there are results! I have no separate website but use flickr and there are albums of photos taken on film cameras in there.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      December 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Hi Ken,

      I’ve had a look around in your flickr and come to the conclusion you should definitely do me a couple of 5 frames posts – if not a review of a camera or two… The 1930 leica, for eg 😉



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