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Kodak Ektar H35 review. It’s beautiful and fun to use!

Kodak Ektar H35 review.  It’s beautiful and fun to use!

Film photography will always have a special place in my heart. I learned ground photography from film and lost the battle against digital. My preference was always the darkroom. Even with all the advances today’s cameras have, digital feels flat. I have enjoyed seeing companies like Kodak and Ilford keep the film industry alive. The Kodak Ektar H35 is the company’s latest effort to keep analog thriving.

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Kodak’s Ektar H35 is an excellent point-and-shoot alternative without the environmental impact of disposable cameras. It’s a perfect travel companion and small enough to take anywhere. The half frame design means double exposures and double the fun. Is it worth spending $49.99? Absolutely.

The big picture

The Kodak Ektar H35 in Sage is beautiful to look at and easy to use. The retro style is sure to be a favorite among point-and-shoot enthusiasts. It is an excellent option for those who like disposable cameras with no environmental impact. Kodak’s H35 camera is ultra-portable, making it an ideal travel companion. It’s also light enough to throw in your camera bag and leave it there.

The half-frame camera requires some getting used to. Once the brain adjusts to the shooting style, it’s a lot of fun to use. It provides sharp images with lots of detail. Pair it with some Kodak Ektar film for some extra fun and enjoy the muted vintage colors. Photographers who want contrast will enjoy the results when using high-contrast film. The 1/100s shutter speed can easily create blurry photos if you’re not careful. As always, thanks to Blue Moon Camera for developing and scanning our film.

We provide Kodak H35 four out of five stars. Do you want one? You can pick it up for $49.99 at Amazon or Blue Moon Camera.

Advantages and disadvantages

Benefits

  • It is beautiful
  • Anyone can use it
  • Fun to use
  • Small enough to take anywhere
  • The image quality is quite good
  • It costs only $49.99

Cons

  • I should have a faster shutter speed like 400TX
  • The flash fires on the next shot after it is turned off
  • Kodak should use a more durable material for rewinding the film

Equipment used

I tested Kodak H35 with Kodak Ektar 100 and Ilford Delta 100 film. Thanks to Blue Moon Camera for processing and developing our film for this review.

Ergonomics

Kodak’s H35 is a pocket-sized camera that fits well in the hand. It comes with a wrist strap and a carrying case. You won’t notice the weight on your wrist.

The camera is designed like a traditional 35 mm film camera.

A trigger and counter are on top.

Below you will find the film release and rewind of the film.

The rear panel has the film display. Open the panel to load the movie.

Ease of use

The Kodak H35 is easy enough for photographers of all ages and skill levels to use right out of the box. Insert a AAA battery, load your favorite movie and go. The half-frame design means you get twice as many shots, so choose a versatile film speed. It also provides an opportunity to get creative with composition. Get into the habit of shooting in sets of two to ensure all frames are aligned. Do you need extra light? Turn on the flash and fire away.

The camera fits comfortably in the hand and is compact enough to take anywhere. It was a perfect companion for my trip to Europe this summer. The camera is light enough to dangle comfortably from the wrist strap when you’re out and about. It’s also small enough to throw in your camera bag and not be noticed.

The Ektar H35 has a fixed 22mm f9.5 lens with a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second. If you have steady hands, the shutter speed is more than adequate. But shaking when your blood sugar drops makes it too easy to get blurry pictures. Kodak should have chosen the same 1/125th of a second found on the 400TX disposable camera.

In addition, the applicant could have been better. As is, the Kodak H35 has a mesh pattern to indicate where the exact frame is. Light in particular is not always easy to see. The manufacturer should have spent an extra dollar to completely shade it out.

Photographers of all ages and skill levels will enjoy this camera. It is great for travel, landscapes, portraits and events. You can send your precious film to any laboratory of your choice. We send ours to Blue Moon Camera for development and scanning.

Image quality

The Kodak Ektar H35 produces images that are sharp enough with plenty of detail. The slower shutter speed results in blurry photos if you’re not careful. It can create subtle retro colors or poppy contrast, depending on your film selection. A high-contrast film such as Ilford Delta 100 produces striking black-and-white images.

Additional image examples

From day one, The Phoblographer has been huge on transparency. Nothing from this review is sponsored. Furthermore, many people will post reviews and show a lot of editing in the photos. The problem then becomes that anyone and everyone can do the same. They do not show what the product can do. These images are completely unedited.

Who Should Buy Kodak Ektar H35 Half Frame Camera?

This beautiful blast from the past would be an excellent addition for any photographer to add to their collection. I loved using the Ektar H35 in sage green with my yellow Hasselblad when traveling this summer. The half-frame design provides more images and less stiffness.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to let loose, play with composition and have fun. At $49.99, the Kodak Ektar H35 is an affordable film option for photojournalists, landscape, travel and portrait photographers. The pocket-sized camera is perfect for taking anywhere.

Technical specifications

All technical specifications are from the manufacturer’s press release.

  • Film format: 35 mm (half frame)
  • Film transport: Manual wind and rewind
  • Optical lens: 22mm; F9.5; 2-element optical acrylic lens
  • Shutter release: 1/100s
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Power supply: 1*AAA alkaline battery
  • Dimensions: 110(W) x 62(H) x 39(D) mm
  • Weight: 100(g)
  • Materials: ABS

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