The Casual Photophile Story

Casual Photophile is an entertaining and easily understood resource for photo geeks that explores the history and continued use of vintage cameras, as well as the newest technology and trends in photography. In-depth retrospectives, original stories, camera and lens reviews, and unmatched editorial curation tell you why the camera matters.

We understand that by reading CP you’re allowing us to become a part of your hobby and we will never take that for granted. We have a responsibility to put out engaging, thoughtful, professional content.

The name of the site reflects a desire to talk about cameras in a comfortable way, eschewing the snobbery and elitism sometimes encountered in the hobby. CP’s primary goal is to encourage the pursuit of joyful photography in all readers regardless of their experience or knowledge level.


James Tocchio founded CP in late 2013. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic cameras as well as the most advanced, cutting-edge digital machines. He produces editorial content and acts as editor in chief. In addition to his work on CP, he’s also the founder and operator of the online camera shop

Josh Solomon is a photo geek, musician, and student from Los Angeles. He joined the team in 2016 as a contributing writer. When not playing jazz around L.A. or jamming with his band, Young Lovers, he’s shooting film through timeless, mechanical cameras.



Dustin Vaughn-Luma is an experience designer, freelance photographer, and competitive cyclist living in San Jose, California with his wife, three sons, and neurotic bernese mountain dog. The majority of his personal work is shot on 35mm and 120 film, and is developed and scanned at home.



Jeb Inge joined the CP team in 2017. He lives and works in Richmond, Virginia as a photographer and writer. He has also worked in journalism, public history and public relations.








Chris Cushing is a freelance writer, pedant and occasional photographer who still plays with cars. Chris is based in Albany, New York and can often be seen aimlessly wandering the Northeast with a camera twice his age slung around his neck.




Producing content takes time and money. Here are some ways that you can show your appreciation for Casual Photophile.

Patreon allows us to give our biggest fans perks such as a surprise camera delivery every six months, monthly film deliveries, discounts in our camera shop, early access to our podcast, and more. Subscribe via our Patreon page and help us launch into video content and more.

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ADVERTISING DISCLOSURES: We use affiliate marketing links as our primary source of revenue. This means that we may be paid commission on sales of products that we cover. The content found here is not influenced by these affiliate partnerships. All articles, reviews, and editorial material on CP are published upon our own editorial discretion. Trust is everything. We will not publish opinions or articles based on the desires of our affiliates or advertisers.

Additionally we may link readers to our own camera shop, F Stop Cameras. Our reviews or editorial articles will never be influenced by the retail side of the business.

The owner of both Casual Photophile and F Stop Cameras is James Tocchio, who is the registered agent of F Stop Cameras, LLC.

CORRECTIONS: All articles will be rigorously scrutinized for accuracy prior to publishing. Sources are checked and double-checked to ensure accuracy. In the event of a mistake, corrections will be made known and the article will remain published.

PRODUCT SAMPLES FOR REVIEW: We accept products for review. To contact us regarding your product, send a message to If the product is sent for review prior to the product being commercially available we will happily agree to an embargo, and will not publish until the specified time. When products are sent to us for review we will disclose in the writing that the product was provided by the company from which it was sent.

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