My name is Christopher Pattison and I have accidentally become a collector of film cameras, taking great pleasure in owning, using and writing about landmark cameras in the development of 35mm photography.

Over time, I have come to appreciate cameras as objects of beauty and feats of engineering, as well as tools for a job. I have become interested in the evolution of 35mm photography, and now have a modest yet growing collection of 35mm cameras that are landmark models in some way. I will be writing about all of them eventually on Retro Film Camera and I hope you enjoy what I have to say.

My Approach

There are many excellent sites dedicated to film photography (see resources page) and I didn’t want to repeat the achievements of others. Above all, I wanted to produce concise , attractive information and imagery in a structured way, making information easy to find and the site easy to navigate. I decided the best way to present some of the landmark cameras in the story of 35mm photography was primarily in a chronological way a decade at a time. Hence the name Retro Film Camera.

Additionally, cameras can be viewed by type, their landmark status and brand. Just use the category select menu to choose your preferred way of viewing.

I am working on other concepts to present these cameras in insightful ways, focusing on design and user experience.

Accessible Content

It is important to me to make the content of this site accessible to as many people as possible. The site has been tested with ChromeVox screen reader and Wave (web accessibility evaluation tool). This site is currently accessibility error free according to Wave.


All photographs and text appearing on Retro Film Camera are the exclusive property of Chris Pattison (except where stated otherwise) and are protected by copyright. If you want to use any images, please ask.


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