So as 2018 draws to a close, it’s interesting to delve into the 35hunter stats and see which posts you read and enjoyed most. Which often aren’t the ones I thought would be read and enjoyed most!
Top Five Posts With Most Views
Strangely, none of the five most read posts of this year were even published in 2018! If you’re a newer reader, maybe you’ve not read them yet – see what takes your fancy.
How I Shoot Film Simply Without A Light Meter (Jul 2016) – My simple guide to using film cameras without light meters has remained the most viewed post pretty much every month since I wrote it.
Lens Love #1 – Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 M42 (Mar 2017) – In praise of the very affordable, capable and deliciously close focusing Pentacon 50/1.8. But you might need patience to find one in good working order.
Preset Aperture Lenses – How They Work And Why You Need At Least One (Mar 2017) – If you’ve never tried a preset aperture lens, I suggest you do, perhaps starting with the excellent and charming Helios 44-2.
Joy In A Leather Jacket (Sep 2017) – My review of the lovely, beautifully designed little Olympus LT-1 film compact. Essentially a Mju-1 in a posh leather jacket, I would recommend this any day ahead of the ridiculous over hyped and over priced Mju-II.
The Thinking Man’s Compact (Jan 2016) – This post about the not quite so common Pentax Espio 160 for some reason continues to get steady attention. If you want a classy compact zoom film camera, this is a great option. Along with about a dozen other Espio models!
Top Five Posts With Most Views (Actually Published In 2018)
Whilst I try to figure out why the posts above from a year or two ago still get more views per month than any written far more recently, here are the most viewed posts actually written in 2018.
How The Internet Has Destroyed Our Grasp Of Great Photography – Why these days everyone’s both a photographer and a photography publisher, and how this has made it almost impossible for photography lovers to separate the wheat from the chaff. And wow is there an abundance of chaff.
Qutest Companion – Pentax Q First Thoughts – The Pentax Q remains a treasured little gem in my core stable of digital cameras in the 11 months I’ve owned it. Essentially it has the flexibility and image quality of a DSLR, in a tiny package. Here are some of the other reasons why I loved it right from the outset.
Irreversible Photography Gets Quter – Pentax Q 07 Shield Mount Lens – Seems you love reading about the petite Pentax, this time with a lens the size and weight of a body cap that gives dreamy lo-fi Holga-esque results and makes the Q even more compact. Tons of fun to use too.
Why I Buy (And Love) Classic Digital Cameras – Which explains why virtually my entire arsenal of cameras now are digital compacts over five years old, and how difficult it is to resist gathering even more.
How Would Your Photography Have Looked Born A Generation Earlier – Seems we all loved pondering this time travelling question – and the range of responses was fascinating too.
Top Five Posts I Wished More People Had Read
When you write a post, it’s difficult to gauge the response it might get. Here are five I really enjoyed writing, but received little love, so I wondered if you might give them a second chance now.
When I Release The Shutter I Feel… – I’ve steadily moved away from gear and review type posts into the more thoughtful and contemplative side of the photography experience, and this was a landmark post along the way. How do you feel when you release the shutter?
Obsessive Photographic Labelling – And How I’m Letting Go – When I shot mostly film, I felt my archived photos needed to be organised and labelled by camera, lens, film, plus any other experimental notes like if the film was expired, deliberately overexposed and so on. If I hadn’t have done this, I would never have figured out what I liked best. It’s been a relief to let go of this process though, and simply save my best images in one folder for each month of the year.
Shoot Photos Without Shame – A simple message, whichever camera, medium and format you wish to use… We’re all different!
The Difference Between Travelling And Just Getting There – One of those posts I thought would strike a chord with most readers, how sometimes it’s just about getting a final result, and sometimes the journey is most important. But for some reason you had nothing to say about this. Perhaps you will now.
How To Control The Compatibility And Cable Chaos Of Digital Cameras – With the Classical Digital Cameras post mentioned above being one of the most read this year, I thought this sister post about how I chose a core set of affordable cameras without drowning in dozens of different leads, batteries, chargers, and memory cards, would be very helpful. But it was far less well received. Maybe you dozed off before you reached the end of the title.
That’s it from me.
What have been your favourite posts this year (on 35hunter, or any other blog your read)?
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