Camera Reviews

Camera reviews in 2021

Even though I’ve deliberately shrunk my collection to a manageable 30-ish cameras, 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. Here are the cameras I reviewed in 2021.

Minolta Maxxum 7000i

Minolta Maxxum 7000i. This workhorse auto-everything SLR did stunning work through the zoom lens I bought to go with it. It handles so easily.

The Apple iPhone 6s camera. The camera in the iPhone I used for several years did really good work. My only real complaint was that its default viewing aspect is so wide.

Kodak Monitor Six-20

Kodak Monitor Six-20. I’ve owned this camera for years, and reviewed it once a long time ago. I’ve used it enough since that I wrote a new review based on my further experience with the camera.

Minolta Maxxum HTsi

Minolta Maxxum HTsi. This small, light auto-everything SLR is a pleasure to use. Minolta was really knocking them out of the park in this era of its cameras.

Nikon F50D

Nikon F50. This early Nikon auto-everything SLR was heavy and didn’t have all the usage idioms down yet. But it remains a capable shooter.

Nikon F801s

Nikon F-801s. I didn’t love this camera; I found it to be ponderous and slow. It’s an early auto-everything SLR for the semi pro or advanced amateur.

Aires Viscount

Aires Viscount. This 35mm rangefinder camera was a real surprise — it handles pretty well and has a fine lens.

Pentax ME F

Pentax ME F. This was the first autofocus 35mm SLR to reach the market, but it was challenging to use and thus a dead end.

Canon Snappy 50

Canon Snappy 50. This early 35mm point-and-shoot camera still delivers the goods today.

Sears KSX-P

Sears KSX-P. This 35mm SLR was manufactured by Chinon for Sears, and is a fine performer. This camera is a real sleeper.

Ansco Standard Speedex

Ansco Standard Speedex. This viewfinder camera for 120 film comes from Binghamton, New York, and still makes very nice images.

Minolta XD-11

Minolta XD-11. This manual-focus SLR is on a lot of people’s top-SLR lists. I thought it was fine, but I didn’t love it.

Yashica TL Electro X

Yashica TL Electro X. This manual-focus 35mm SLR is heavy and solid, and its lens is very good.

Kodak VR35 K12

Kodak VR35 K12. This 1986 35mm point-and-shoot is large and clumsy, but boy does its Tessar-design lens return lovely images.

Nikon N70

Nikon N70. The quirky user interface on this 1990s 35mm SLR isn’t as bad as everybody says — but it’s not great, either. Fortunately, the camera is capable anyway.

Nikon FA

Nikon FA. An updated review of Nikon’s most technologically advanced manual-focus 35mm SLR ever.


6 thoughts on “Camera reviews in 2021

  1. Greg Clawson says:

    Jim, I look forward to reading these reviews. It’s like another Saturday recommended reading, but on Wednesday. 👍

  2. I think I read most of them during the year….my first decent SLR was the Yashica TL Electro X, I graduated from that to the Contax 139 Quartz, which I still use. I would love to see what you think of the Contax one day!

  3. Andy Umbo says:

    As we’ve gone through the year reading your camera reviews, I’ve been repeatedly reminded that those early generation Nikon autofocus film cameras had truly horrific looking plastic bodies. Canon somehow figured out how to give them a texture of some kind to make them look more like an old metal body, but that shiny black plastic was really not a quality look…

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