List of Film Camera Reviews - Photo Jottings

List of Film Camera Reviews

Below are all the film cameras I’ve reviewed.  The unlinked models are being reviewed, and are not yet ready to post.


135 Format:

Agfa Reflex (Flexilette)  An weird looking camera, with a good focusing mechanism, and lens.

Agfa Silette-1  Compact, inexpensive, good lens, no batteries needed, and full manual controls make this a nice informal snapper.

Canon Snappy 30   A good camera if used correctly.  I bought this one brand new in the late 1980s.

Canon Snappy Q  A goofy camera aimed at people pictures, and uses a built-in center spot filter for ‘foggy corners.’

Canon Sure Shot Zoom 85  An excellent low priced compact zoom, with an above average lens.

FujiFilm Big View-finder Auto 10  The worst 35mm camera I’ve ever used. Don’t waste your time on this one.

FujiFilm QuickSnap single use  Better than you think.

Ilford HP5 single use, B&W  Worse than you think, don’t bother reading the review.

Kodak Breeze 35mm F/4.5  A no frills camera with good image quality.

Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model  The classic Crapsey, this flash model is from the 1950s.

Kodak HD power Flash Single use  Better than you think.

Kodak Pony II, 44mm Anastar F/3.9  A decent camera with a few flaws.

Kodak Retina IIIC 50mm F/2 Shneider Kreuznach  A very compact camera with a near perfect lens.

Kodak Star 535  Worse than you think.

Minolta Freedom III (AF-Z)  a mid/late 80s fully automatic camera with sharp 4 element lens.

Minolta Freedom Zoom 169 Date  very small with excellent metering and focusing.

Nikon 35Ti  One of the very best compact fixed lens film cameras.

Olympus XA 35mm F/2.8  Super small, but not great technical image quality.

Olympus 35 SP  Possibly the best full manual control fixed lens rangefinder of all time.

Olympus IS-30 DLX  Nice zoom range, SLR convenience, and very sharp lens stopped down.

Olympus Wide S 35mm F/2  potentially a great camera, unfortunately my copy was screwed up.

Pentax ME Super with 40mm F/2.8 pancake lens  A very compact SLR, and no batteries required!!

Ricoh FF-3D AF Super  very sharp lens and excellent exposures, but has some annoying quirks.

Ricoh FF-90  about the same as the FF-3D Super above, without most of the quirks.


Medium Format:

Agfa Record III  A classic 1950s 6×9 folder, way better than you think, and my favorite film camera!

Agfa Ansco Readyset Traveler  a 1930 6×9 ‘luggage’ camera you’ll be proud to own or give as a gift!

Ansco Color Clipper Outfit  A goofy camera of dubious quality and value, 1950s; 6×6.

Argus Argoflex Forty  an inexpensive pseudo 6×6 TLR, but with a surprisingly good lens.

Argus Super Seventy-Five 65mm  F/8  Better than you think, with an almost wide angle lens.

Bell & Howell Electic Eye 127 Wide View Special  Odd, but fun camera; not for serious shooting.

Fuji GA645W 45mm F/4  Wide Professional  A superb autofocusing 6×4.5 wide-angle camera from the late 1990s.

Fuji GA645 60mm F/4 Professional  Same as above but with a slightly longer lens; 6×4.5.

Fuji GA645Zi 55-90mm Zoom Professional  A great zoom lens, even better than the 60mm F/4 prime at the wide end!

Fuji GS645 60mm F/4  Wide 60  Works with no batteries, and an excellent 6×4.5.

Fuji GSW690III 65mm F/5.6  A beast, but great quality; 6×9 format.

Fuji GW690III 90mm F/3.5  Another great beast, but with a longer lens, 6×9 format.

Kodak Duaflex IV Kodar F/8 lens  A fake 6×6 TLR with good technical image quality.

Kodak No. 1 Pocket Camera, Green  A pretty camera that stands out; with an excellent achromat lens; 6×9 format.

Kodak Vest Pocket Series III  With a smoother shutter button, a great camera; uses 127 film for large 6.5x4cm negative.

Pilot Super 75mm F/2.9  an odd camera, best left under the museum glass, 6×6.

Rheinmetall Weltax 75mm F/3.5 Tessar  A very well built camera with a flaw.

Spartus Spartaflex F/7.7 Achromat  A cheap, (but real) 6×6 TLR with surprisingly good image quality.

Voightländer Bessa 105mm F/3.5 Heliar  Excellent late 1930s folder.

Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 75mm Novar F/4.5  A low-end 6×6 folder from the early 1950s; my dad bought this one brand new.

Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 105mm Tessar F/3.5  Inexpensive 6×9 folder, and surprisingly good.


Oddball cameras:

Canon Elph Jr APS  Surprising image quality for a super small camera, better than some 35mm cameras.

Canon 110 ED  One of the very best 110 cameras, too bad it’s a 110 camera.

Contax Tix APS  Over the top image quality with an excellent Zeiss lens; will out perform many good 35mm cameras.

Minolta 110 Zoom SLR MKII  A tiny SLR that’s much better than the currently available film.

Minolta AutoPak 460Tx  Uses 110 Cartridge film.  A fun and top quality ‘telephoto’ camera from the 1980s.

Mercury II half frame Tricor 35mm F/2.7   A nifty half frame camera with ho-hum image quality.

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