Film Camera Reviews

Reviews of 35mm Film Cameras, SLRs, Half-Frames, and 120 Medium Format Cameras

Film Camera Reviews


Canon

  • Canon EOS 700QD - The reversible mode dial system, unique to the EOS 700QD, allows the camera to be used with a range of AE programmed modes as the first option, and on the ...
  • Canon FTb QL - On its own, however, the Canon FTb QL is a unique version of Canon's camera lineup that came with SMS (Shockless Mirror System). The camera is also fitted ...
  • Canon EF, The Black Beauty - For its gorgeous design out of pure metal with strong and proportional lines, the Canon EF is also known as the 'black beauty'. The EF was also ...
  • Canon A-1 - Significant among these SLR film cameras was the advanced-level Canon A-1, the first camera to have a Programmed AE mode, which enables the camera to select both ...
  • Canon AE-1 Program - The Canon AE-1 Program is a Programmed AE and Shutter-Priority AE 35mm film camera with a horizontal travel cloth-curtain focal plane shutter capable ...
  • Canon AE-1 - The Canon AE-1, introduced in 1976, the first of a completely new line of SLRs from Canon, was the first battery-powered microprocessor-equipped SLR that supports both ...
  • Canon AV-1 - Built to the same exacting standards of the A-series platform, the AV-1's main consumer sector were photo enthusiasts who want a simple and easy to operate SLR camera ...
  • Canon Autoboy 3 - An award-winning 35mm autofocus film camera with an excellent 38mm F2.8 lens.
  • Canon Autoboy Tele 6 - A twin 35/60mm lens 35mm autofocus film camera with full and half-frame modes.

Contax

  • Contax RTS II - A very well built and robust 35mm SLR film camera with excellent and exceptional functionalities.
  • Contax 167 MT - Without MM lenses, the 167 MT can only be used in aperture-priority (Av) and manual (M) modes, and will automatically switch to Av mode if an improper ...

Fuji

  • Fuji K-28 - A shock impact-resistant manual focus 35mm film camera for the construction industry.

Holga

  • Holga-120Pan - The Holga 120-Pan captures 60x120mm images, which is twice the width of the standard 6x6 format images ...

Konica

  • Konica Autoreflex TC - Highly recommended as a good starter SLR, the Auto reflex TC is often seen in the company of a 6-element in 5-group Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.7 lens, ...
  • Konica C35 Automatic - A compact, handy, and a favorite 35mm rangefinder film camera among film photography enthusiasts.
  • Konica C35 AF - The 'Jasupin' Konica C35 AF, the world's first production 35mm autofocus camera.
  • Konica C35 EF - The zone focus 'Pikkari', the first 35mm compact film camera manufactured with a built-in flash.
  • Konica C35 EF3 - A zone focus autoexposure film camera, the final iteration of the Konica C35 series of 35mm compact film cameras.
  • Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20 - A fun and easy to use 35mm autofocus film camera with a 34mm F3.5 lens.
  • Konica Z-up 28W - An excellent and robust, though not really a compact 35mm autofocus film camera with a 28-56mm zoom lens.
  • Konica Genba Kantoku 28WB - An all-weather impact-resistant autofocus 35mm film camera built for the construction industry.

Lomo

  • LOMO Smena Symbol - A full-frame fully manual Russian LOMO film camera with a sharp Triplet-43 40mm F4 lens.
  • LOMO Smena 35 - Chic, fun, and easy to use zone-focus Russian LOMO camera with a Triplet-43 40mm F4 lens.
  • LOMO Smena 8M - Fun to use zone-focus old-school Russian LOMO 35mm film camera with a multi-coated glass lens.

Minolta

  • Minolta Maxxum 70 - A gem of a camera, the Minolta Maxxum 70 (Alpha 70, Dynax 60), produced in 1964, is one of the last film cameras produced by Minolta ...
  • Minolta Alpha Sweet - The camera is also fitted with a built-in flash unit, a sophisticated 14-segment honeycomb-metering pattern, a three-point Crosscut AF sensor for accurate ...
  • Minolta SRT-303 - What sets the SRT series apart from the rest of SLR camera manufacturers was the introduction of the open aperture TTL (Through the Lens) metering. With the system, ...
  • Minolta SRT-101b - The SRT series cameras, well known for its solid construction, are fitted with a double-hinged reflex mirror and have extremely bright viewfinders. Exposure metering ...
  • Minolta X-700 - One of the most highly regarded 35mm Programmed AE SLR film cameras, the Minolta X-700 was the last manual focus camera body before the introduction of the ...
  • Minolta X-500 - The Minolta X-500 (X-570 in the US) is an Aperture-Priority AE 35mm SLR film camera with a quartz-controlled horizontal-traverse focal-plane shutter capable of ...
  • Minolta X-300 - The Minolta X-300 is an Aperture-Priority AE and match-LED full metered manual 35mm SLR film camera with a quartz-controlled horizontal-traverse focal-plane shutter ...
  • Minolta XG-M - The Minolta XG-M, introduced in 1981, was the top-of-the-line consumer model of XG-series 35mm SLR film cameras which Minolta produced between 1977 to 1982 ...
  • Minolta XG-9 - The XG-9 is fitted with an electronically controlled horizontal-transverse focal plane shutter with a speed range from 1 to 1/1000th second, stepless in auto mode, and ...
  • Minolta XG-1 - Functionally, the XG-1 has a shutter speed range from 1 to 1/1000th second, plus B, film ISO speed range is from 25 to 1600, exposure compensation feature of +/- 2 ...

Nikomat/Nikkormat

  • Nikkormat FT3 - The FT3 was also the first Nikomat/Nikkormat camera to be fitted to use the newly introduced Nikkor AI (Auto Indexing) lenses. The system does away with the ...
  • Nikomat FT2 - The FT2 now comes with a built-in hot-shoe, a single screw-threaded 3 mm (PC) flash contact, a new Type K focusing screen, and power sourced from 1.5-volt ...
  • Nikomat FTN - The 'center-the-needle' exposure control system, as seen first on the FT, is now center-weighted (60/40%) open aperture TTL (Through The Lens) metering system ...

Nikon

  • Nikon F2 Cameras - The manual focus Nikon F2 Photomic 35mm SLR film cameras, often acknowledged as the world's best production cameras.
  • Nikon F4 - Released in 1988, the F4 was the choice for professional photographers as Nikon’s first fully supported autofocus camera and comes with focus tracking capability ...
  • Nikon F-801s - The F-801 series cameras, despite being designated as an amateur model by Nikon's 3-digit nomenclature, is actually an advanced semi-professional model. When ...
  • Nikon F80 - The F80's, one of the most advanced of Nikon's SLR cameras, were launched as a high-end enthusiast model in January 2000, to succeed the F-801s (N8008s), which it ...
  • Nikon F90X - The F90X / N90s was then the newest, best, and most expensive amateur 35mm SLRs of all time. Build quality is exceptional, and the F90X comes with a tough metallic ...
  • Nikon F-601 - The camera features three metering systems; matrix metering, center-weighted, and spot metering. The meter has a range of 0 to 19 EV at (ASA 100, f/1.4), settable to film ...
  • Nikon U2 (N75 / F75) - The Nikon U2 (N75 in the US and F75 in Europe), the last consumer-level autofocus 35mm SLR film camera manufactured by the Nikon, is a compact and ...
  • Nikon F-301 - The camera has a shutter speed range from 1 to 1/2000 second, a manual film speed range from ISO 12 to 3200 for non-DX coded film or set automatically by the ...
  • Nikon FM - Built on a compact, yet tough copper-aluminum alloy chassis, the FM heralds the start of a robust and long-lived series of small, and compact semi-professional Nikon ...
  • Nikon FE - The camera also provides for full manual shooting mode via matching needle viewfinder readout, +2EV exposure compensation in 1/2 stops, film ISO range from 12 ...
  • Nikon FG - The FG also comes with a self-timer, a backlit compensation buttons that automatically overexpose the scene by two stops, +2EV exposure compensation in ...
  • Nikon EM - The camera is very simple to use aperture-priority model with a center-weighted metering system, built mostly of copper and aluminum alloy, while the top and bottom ...
  • Nikon Zoom 310 - The most compact 35mm AF zoom film camera with a 35-70mm Macro lens when it was introduced.

Olympus

  • Olympus OM-2S / 2 SP - The Olympus OM-2S / OM-2 Spot Program is an aperture-priority AE (Automatic Exposure) 35mm film SLR camera fitted with an electronically controlled ...
  • Olympus OM-2n - The OM-2 also laid claim as the first (and still the only one) system camera with a super accurate center-weighted TTL (Through-the-Lens) Direct (Off-the-Film) Light ...
  • Olympus OM-1n - One of the 'iconic' greats of the 35mm SLR film camera era, the Olympus OM-1n, a manually operated 35mm single-lens reflex camera, has remained a favorite with ...
  • Olympus OM2000 - The camera is fitted with a switch-selectable center-weighted average and a spot metering system, which is measured off the rangefinder circle of the split-image ...
  • Olympus OM40 - Besides having advanced features of the OM-2S (Program AE, Aperture-Priority AE, and Manual Exposure), the OM40 also came with a choice of two metering ...
  • Olympus OM10 - This aperture-priority 35mm film SLR is also equipped with the OTF Direct Metering System, a highly regarded and unique light metering feature, as seen ...
  • Olympus AF-1 - An autofocus 35mm film camera with a very sharp Zuiko 35mm F2.8 lens, can this camera be a substitute to the Mju II?
  • Olympus IZM 220 - An easy and fun to use 35mm compact autofocus film camera with a 28~56mm zoom lens.
  • Olympus LT Zoom - A weatherproof and compact retro-style 35mm autofocus film camera with a 38-105mm zoom lens.
  • Olympus Trip 35 - The most iconic and endearing 35mm full-frame fixed lens film camera produced by Olympus.
  • Olympus XA - The original iteration of the XA series capsule cameras from Olympus, a full-frame 35mm rangefinder camera.
  • Olympus XA4 Macro - A sharp and sweet 35mm capsule camera with a Zuiko 28mm F3.5 macro lens.
  • Olympus XA2 - A 3-zone focus 35mm film camera sharpshooter with a 35mm F2.8 lens of the Olympus XA camera series.
  • Olympus XA1 - A fixed-focus point-and-shoot 35mm film camera, the simplest of the Olympus XA capsule camera series.

Olympus Half-Frame Cameras

  • Olympus Pen FT - The only 35mm half-frame SLR film camera ever produced, an icon of the half-frame camera genre.
  • Olympus Pen EF - The last iteration of the fixed-focus autoexposure 35mm half-frame Pen EE series film cameras from Olympus.
  • Olympus Pen EE-3 - A delightful fixed-focus autoexposure 35mm half-frame film camera for fun on the run.
  • Olympus Pen EE-2, EES-2 - Olympus Pen EE-2 and Pen EES-2, updates to the original Pen EE half-frame cameras from Olympus.
  • Olympus Pen EE-S - The Olympus Pen EE-S and EE-S (EL), a variant of the Pen EE with a faster lens and zone focusing.
  • Olympus Pen EE - Olympus Pen EE and Pen EE (EL), the first 35mm half-frame cameras produced for the mass-market.

Pentax

  • Pentax LX - Film camera review of the Pentax LX, the most advanced professional  35mm SLR film camera system manufactured by Pentax.
  • Pentax MX - Film camera review of the manual focus Pentax MX 35mm SLR film camera, a highly popular camera for film photography enthusiasts.
  • Pentax ME Super  - Film camera preview of the Pentax ME Super,  a highly successful 35 mm single-lens reflex camera produced by Pentax.
  • Pentax MV1 - Film camera review of the manual focus Pentax MV1, a very well built and easy to use aperture-priority 35mm SLR film beginner camera.
  • Pentax Spotmatic SP - Film camera review of the manual focus Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SP, the first 35mm SLR film camera with TTL light metering.
  • Pentax Espio AF - A chic and compact autofocus 35mm film camera with a 35~70mm zoom lens.

Praktica

  • Praktica MTL 5B - Film camera review of the Praktica MTL 5B, an excellent M42 lens mount learner camera with stop-down metering.

Yashica

  • Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 -.Film camera review of the manual focus Yashica FX-3 Super 2000, a highly popular 35mm ...
  • Yashica Minitec AF - A simple, easy to use and fun fixed lens autofocus 35mm point-and-shoot compact camera.

Voigtländer



Zorki

  • Zorki-4K - A very desirable and worth-the-keep fully manual 35mm rangefinder film camera produced by the KMZ factory in Russia.


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