My earliest camera reviews

This was going to be Saturday’s post, but because I delayed my Ride Across Indiana I’m moving it to today. Wednesday through Saturday I’ll post about the trip.

I thought it would be fun to link you to some of my oldest camera reviews, from 2008-2010. I’ve been considering making a book out of my camera reviews. Is this something that would interest you? Let me know in the comments.

Here now, the early reviews:

Kodak Retina Ia, Fujicolor 200, 2008.

📷 Kodak’s Retina line were fine cameras. I’d seen other photo bloggers get good results with theirs, so I found a Retina Ia for a good price and put it through its paces. Read Kodak Retina Ia

📷 When I started reviewing cameras, I thought I’d focus on folders and rangefinders. The first rangefinder I reviewed was the Minolta Hi-Matic 7, and it’s a great camera. Read Minolta Hi-Matic 7

📷 I bought a bottom-of-the-line Kodak Tourist, a folding camera for 620 film, and hated every minute of using it. Read Kodak Tourist

📷 In contrast, the folding Voigtländer Bessa I found was a delight, even though it wasn’t in perfect working condition. Read Voigtländer Bessa

📷 My Aunt Maxine gave me her Minolta X-700 — what a gift! Unfortunately, I got just two rolls out of it before it suffered from the dreaded Locked Winder Problem. Read Minolta X-700

📷 I’d been curious about Canonets for a long time, and the first one I found at a price I was willing to pay was the Canonet 28. Read Canon Canonet 28


8 thoughts on “My earliest camera reviews

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Plus One for the Minolta Hi-Matic line. Had a high-school sweetheart with either the 9 or 11 (probably the 9, because it still had manual settings), and I was already working at a photo studio part time, and was impressed with quality, even tho I was borrowing some pretty big “guns” from my employer. Almost bought a “reno’d” 7 or 9 from Japan Vintage Camera a little while ago, but it disappeared pretty fast, haven’t seen one I’d trust since…

  2. Greg Clawson says:

    Jim, I have always enjoyed your camera reviews, that’s what lead me to your blog.

    Maybe could do a series based upon either manufacturer, or by type SLR, TLR, Rangefinder, etc. just a thought.

    • There’s an idea. I’ll bet 50% of my reviews are SLRs. Maybe I should do three groupings: SLRs, non-SLR 35mm, and medium format. There aren’t enough examples of some types to make full books out of them. For example, I’ve reviewed just two TLRs.

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