Compact 35mm Cameras

Discussion in 'Modern Film Cameras' started by stuart_templeton, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. I have an ever growing collection of 35mm Comapct cameras - and I have to say I really enjoy using them. I do really enjoy the styling and most (Yashica's aside) of them seem capable of producing some nice shots.


    Does anyone else make regular use of these cameras - what are your favourites?

  2. I have several, mostly Konica C35 variants; AF3, EF3, MF, and a Nikon L35AF. But as I age and don't take any long trips digital has taken over because I can down load and recharge as soon as I get home, But for several days away I would get film out of the freezer and a couple of AA batteries and one of the 35's.
  3. I have several, but I use them seldom, to be honest. I have a difficult time choosing a favorite, since the reason why I own any of them is because they are a favorite in one way or another. A few of mine are a Canon QL17 GIII, Canon AF35ML (aka Super Sure Shot), Canon Sure Shot Classic 120, Olympus XA, and Oly Trip 35. Each of these cameras is capable of producing excellent photos.
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  4. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

    I've used many compact 35's over the years, and one favoirte is the FED 50--similar to the Olympus Trip 35, but with a wider range of shutter speeds and more information in the viewfinder. It wouldn't really qualify as a "modern" film camera, but there is something appealing about a programmed, scale-focusing camera that doesn't require batteries.

    FED 50 Review: The shape of things that might have been - Canny Cameras
  5. Thanks to donations from friends, I have a box full of these cameras; many of them actually work.

    However, when I do want a small 35mm film camera, I still love my Rollei 35 most of all.

    It's more classic than "modern", of course.
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  6. Not modern, but I agree: the Rollei 35 is a great choice for compactness and battery independence. I have three: Rollei 35, Rollei 35S, and Rollei B35. A more modern favorite of mine is the Olympus XA.
  7. Minox 35ML or similar. Contax T
  8. The mostly plastic 35mm compacts from the mid 70's to late 80's leave me cold, both in styling and the stinky slow zooms on some of them. Plus I just cannot abide auto only exposure control. As far as a compact 35 I like my Oly 35RC. Certainly not perfect but solid and good enough.
    Cons; a hard to grip aperture ring, a silly 43.5mm filter size, defunct (mercury) battery needed. (I use #675 Zinc air cells), focusing ring feel is too light and loose for my taste.
    Pros; Compact, solid feel, shutter speed easy to access and adjust, RF patch easy to see, RF easy to adjust, GN lens, (not a big deal, seldom use flash). As far as the odd filter size I keep on a 43.5 to 43mm step down ring, obtained from one of those HK suppliers for $2. Works fine and does not shadow the meter eye. Besides I have a pile of 43mm filters and hoods and caps because I have a Pen F camera and several Zuiko's for it that take that size.
    Finally, full mechanical (not battery dependent) manual control when I want it! This is a biggie with me, I don't care how 'smart' the meter is.
  9. DSCF6659.JPG Back up to the early 1950's & you will find my "ideal" compact. . The Vito II. While in Hawaii, I use this camera at least once a month for work in the Farmer's Markets or wondering around Honolulu. Only needs a monopod to be rock sharp. All the doo-dads go into one very small kit bag. Bill
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  10. Well I Personally like the styling on a lot of these compacts, but yeah in some cases I can see your point.

    I fully agree on the 35RC though - I have one too and it's a wonderful little camera.
  11. I am still partial to this little baby. But a compact like that Canon in the OP's post might be a nice change. For now though, TriX in this camera is a joy.

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  12. That's nice.

    I used to shoot a lot of XP2 through the camera in the OP, it was a nice combination.
  13. Reading this thread earlier made me track down a Pentax IQ Zoom I acquired back in the 90's I think. It has a remarkably sharp lens and is simple, fairly quick. It won't replace any of my larger cameras but sometimes it is just right. I also have a couple of Agfa Ambi Silettes and would love to find a Trip 35 in working order.

    Rick H.

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