This is the last article of our three-part 2020 recap week. If you’ve enjoyed this little trip through some of the best camera reviews and then the most popular articles on the site this year, that’s great! Thanks for enjoying! If you didn’t, well, I’m sorry and we’ll be back to our regular publishing style and schedule this week. If I can just take one more day to reflect on the year and the site…
Over the last twelve months more than 3 million readers have enjoyed (hopefully) the words and images of Casual Photophile. That’s a readership number which I never expected when I began writing for and publishing to this site in 2014. For your visits and readership, I thank you. I hope that our work on this site has helped you escape from doom scrolling the news in this objectively unpleasant year. If you’ve struggled a bit in 2020, don’t worry. You’re not alone. And things will soon improve.
For today’s article, I’ve asked some friends of the site and the writer staff here to pick their favorite article that’s appeared on the site this year. And it’s reminded me of just what I love about running this site – we have articles on old cameras, on the history of the craft, on trivia around the gear that we use, on travel to exotic places, and introspective ruminations on life hung around the frame of photography. I’m so proud of the work my writers produce, and I hope you like it too.
Here are our personal favorite articles which have appeared on the site this year.
Shooting a Forty Year Old Roll of Kodak Plus-X Film
James finds a forty to fifty year old roll of Kodak Plus X black and white film and shoots it one afternoon with his dog, kids, and the ocean.
Rokkor, Nikkor, Takumar and Zuiko - The Stories Behind Japanese Lens Names
What's with those names? Josh briefly tells us the origins of lens brand names such as Nikkor, Zuiko, Rokkor, and Takumar.
Desert Island Cameras No. 09 - Holy Grail Edition
Some of the CP writers pick the camera they'd buy if practicality and money were no concern! See what we chose, and let us know your Holy Grail camera in the comments.
As Olympus Exits the Camera Business, Let's Look at Our Favorite Olympus Articles
Olympus has quit the camera business. In fond rememberance, we look back at our favorite Olympus articles of the past six years.
Ghosts of Portra Past - Shooting Kodak Portra 400 VC and 160 NC Today
Drew shoots, compares, and muses over Portra 400 VC and Portra 160 NC, two formerly-loved and famously dead films from Kodak.
Josh is Grumpy About Scanning Film
Josh has been scanning film for ten years and he's just about had enough. Maybe a rant, maybe a cry for help. Poor guy.
Leitz Tele-Elmar 135mm f/4 – Leica’s Secret Sonnar
An intriuging look at a less often discussed Leitz M mount lens reveals an under-appreciated gem for Leica photographers.
The High Contrast Street Photography of Kris Desautels
We share with you the fresh, high contrast street photography of Kris Desautels as Kris himself shares some tips and photo philosophy.
Sigma SD Quattro Review - The Strangest Camera I've Ever Used
The Sigma SD Quattro is an odd and interesting mirrorless digital camera with a seriously unique feature - a 29MP Foveon sensor.
Fast Cars on Slow Film - Justin Westbrook Shoots Daytona
Justin Westbrook, staff writer for Jalopnik and film photography enthusiast, tells us about his experience shooting film at the Rolex 24 in Daytona.
The Colorful Telephoto Street Photography of Ali Boombayé - Featured Photophile No. 023
In our latest Featured Photophile, we talk with Ali Boombayé, whose colorful street photography breaks with tradition in all the best ways.
Why Take Pictures? Answering the Existential Crisis of the Photography Hobbyist
James explores the existential crisis of the in-a-rut hobbyist photographer - what's the point of making pictures anyway?
The Sea Fog of Klitmøller, Denmark (Cold Hawaii) Shot on Film
In the small fishing town of Klitmøller, Denmark there is a phenomenon called havgus, unfathomably dense sea fog. Here it is, shot on film.
I Understand Why the Yashica Samurai Failed
It's 1987. Kyocera designers ask one simple question. “Can we fit a camera inside a taco shell?” And the Yashica Samurai was born.
Shooting Lisbon with a Minolta SRT 303b and Kodak Ektar
Our own Jeb Inge visits sunny Lisbon, Portugal with a Minolta SRT 303b film camera and Kodak's most vibrant film, Kodak Ektar 100.
Shooting a Twenty-Year-Old Roll of Kodak Supra 100 Film
James shoots an expired, twenty-year-old roll of Kodak Supra 100, an ultra-fine grain, high saturation color negative film.
Agfamatic 2008 Pocket Sensor 110 Camera Review featuring Lomography Film
Our man in Berlin, Jeb, shoots some Lomography 110 film through the Agfa Agfamatic 2008 Pocket Sensor, a compact 110 film camera.
Well, that wraps things up for 2020. I hope that the site has helped you disconnect for a bit, to learn something, or helped you enjoy this hobby a bit more. You can see every article we posted, listed by date, here.
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