Camera Reviews

I dug way back into my archives to update these two reviews.

The first is the Kodak Retina Ia, an early-1950s compact folding camera for 35mm film. The Retina line represented Kodak’s finest efforts in those days. Check out my review here.

Kodak Retina Ia

I’ve also freshened my review of the Ansco B2 Speedex, which uses 120 film. For a medium-format camera, it’s fairly compact. Check out my review here.

Ansco B2 Speedex

Updated reviews: Kodak Retina Ia and Ansco B2 Speedex

Camera Reviews

I’m continuing to work through my camera reviews to freshen them up and fix little things that need fixing. I have a pair of SLRs to share with you today.

The first is the Minolta XG 1, which leans heavily into electronics but is a delightful performer. See it here.

Minolta XG-1

The other is the mechanical, metal, manual Canon TLb. I think it’s the great bargain among Canon FD-mount cameras, and is the one I recommend. See my review here.

Canon TLb

Updated reviews: Canon TLb and Minolta XG 1

Camera Reviews

I’m continuing to look through my most popular camera reviews of last year and refresh each one of them. Once again, I’ve updated a pair of cameras that couldn’t be more different — except they both take 35mm film.

The first is the Nikon 8008, an outstanding auto-everything SLR. It’s a solid performer. Read about it here.

Nikon N8008

The second is a junk-store camera, the Kodak VR35 K40. But don’t underestimate it. Its lens may be a little soft, but it is easy to use and a solid performer otherwise. See the updated review here.

Kodak VR35 K40

Updated reviews: Nikon N8008 and Kodak VR35 K40

Collecting Cameras

What a study in contrasts these two 35mm cameras are: one a metal, mechanical SLR and the other a plastic, auto-everything compact.

First, the SLR, a Nikkormat EL. This was the end of Nikon’s Nikkormat line. It’s a fine camera and a pleasure to use. See my freshened review here.

Nikon Nikkormat EL

The Pentax IQZoom EZY is a chunky compact with a 38-70mm zoom lens. Cameras like these were all the rage in the 90s, and again today among film shooters. Read my updated review here.

Pentax IQZoom EZY

Updated reviews: Nikon Nikkormat EL and Pentax IQZoom EZY

Camera Reviews

I’m still busy updating older film-camera reviews — editing them for clarity, as I’ve become a much better writer over the years, and reprocessing and updating the photographs. I’ve finished two more.

The first is of the Minolta Hi-Matic 7, one of the earliest reviews I published here, dating to December of 2008. Check it out here.

Minolta Hi-Matic 7

The other is also a rangefinder camera, the last camera to use the basic Canonet body, Canon’s A35F. Check it out here.

Canon A35F

Updated reviews: Minolta Hi-Matic 7 and Canon A35F


I’m making it a tradition that on my blog’s anniversary I ask you — especially those of you who seldom or never comment — to delurk and chime in.

How did you find my blog? (Do you even remember?)
What do you enjoy most about my blog?
What kinds of posts are you most likely to skip over?

It’s a rich reward to me to hear from you in the comments anytime, but especially on this day as I think back over the blogging years gone by.

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