It seems to be a “thing” among film-photography blogs this year to recount the year’s camera reviews. I don’t normally jump on bandwagons, but this one is just too good to let pass by.
Even though I’ve spent the last few years intentionally shrinking my collection to a manageable 50 or so, I still like trying a new-to-me old camera. I’m just likely to pass it on to a next owner now when I’m finished with it. I did keep a few of these 14 cameras, though!
Kodak Retina IIa. This is the second Retina IIa I’ve owned. My previous one was in better cosmetic condition, but this one worked and made a bunch of lovely images for me.
Kodak No. 2 Hawk-eye, Model C, 50th Anniversary of Kodak edition. This box was specially produced for Kodak’s 50th anniversary, and given to children who turned 12 that year. It makes portrait-oriented images on 120 film.
Kodak No. 2 Hawk-eye, Model C. This is the same camera as the one above, but it was made 20 years earlier. It functions and performs the same.
Kodak Retina Reflex III. This 35mm SLR is surprisingly complicated to use, and it wasn’t in good working order. But I got it to work well enough for one roll of film, and it returned some lovely images.
Pentax IQZoom 170SL. Pentax’s compact cameras are a mixed bag. But this one is a hit: light, well built, capable. This one gets to stay in my collection.
Minolta Hi-Matic AF2. This is my father-in-law’s camera, and he used it for years to document family gatherings and trips he took with his wife. It was a good choice for him, and a reasonably capable camera even today.
Canon Snappy S. I’ve been curious about Canon’s Snappy line for a long time — since they were introduced, actually. They were the first point-and-shoot 35mm cameras I ever saw. I would have been pleased to own one of these new, at least at that time.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55. What? A digital camera? Well, sure. I’m not a film-only snob! This was an okay point-and-shoot for its time.
Olympus OM-2n. What a terrific 35mm SLR! I could see this becoming my go-to SLR. It’s small, light, capable — and so well made. It feels better in the hand than my beloved Pentax ME.
Pentax IQZoom 60. I didn’t take to this blobby point-and-shoot. It just didn’t feel good in my hands, and its zoom range wasn’t that useful. Yet I got some lovely photos from it.
Olympus OM-4T. This is one heck of a 35mm SLR, crammed full of advanced (for the time) features. It did good work for me, but I preferred the OM-2n.
Pentax K10D. Another digital camera, this time a DSLR. It’s an older one, with the low-light limitations that go along with that. It’s also big and heavy. But I like it, especially with the 18-55mm kit lens.