Every Article We’ve Ever Written – by Date

Kodak Ektar 100 – Film Profile

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We’re back with another film profile to help you decide which film is right for you. Last time, we talked about Kodak’s Portra 400, a warm and…

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Exploded Views – Olympus OM2

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We’re back with another Exploded View, and this time we’ve dissected a fan-favorite SLR. It’s Olympus’ OM-2, one of the smallest and most technologically advanced cameras of the film…

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Nikon Nikkor 105mm F/2.5 – Nikon’s Most Famous Portrait Lens

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We’re back with another noteworthy lens, and this one’s a real legend for Nikon photographers of a certain age. If you were shooting film during the…

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Zeiss Ikon Contina II (524/24) – Camera Review

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When shooting vintage cameras there exists something of a sweet spot- a kind of “Goldilocks zone” that only a certain number of cameras occupy. For most photo geeks,…

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What is Depth of Field (DOF)

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We’re back with more photography tips to help new (and experienced) shooters better understand this fantastic hobby of ours. In the past we’ve covered things like ISO, zone…

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Should We Photograph the Homeless?

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It’s my belief that a writer’s job is to ask questions. As the owner of a camera shop and the founder of CP, I spend a lot…

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Kodak Portra 400 – Film Profile

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There’s no such thing as a “perfect” film. Let’s just get that out of the way. Every shooter has different tastes regarding tone, color, grain, etc.,…

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Nikon N8008 / F-801 – Camera Review

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Shooting classic cameras often brings compromise. Sometimes your camera lacks auto-focus, other times it’s got no light meter, or maybe your camera can’t auto-expose. I love…

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5 Best Japanese 35mm Film SLR Cameras

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The last time we compiled a “Top Five” list we were focused on the simple joy of point-and-shoot cameras. The automated nature of the five cameras we…

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Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm F/3.5 Lens Review

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Today we’re talking about a truly versatile lens. It’s Minolta’s MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm F/3.5, and it provides one of the easiest and most affordable…

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CP Book Club – Leica : The First Fifty Years by G. Rogliatti

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There are few pleasures as easy to attain as the simple act of sitting and relaxing for a few moments with a good book. And for…

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A Letter to Our Readers

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To Our Readers, For those of you who follow CASUAL PHOTOPHILE’s social media pages (Ello, Facebook, and Instagram, specifically), you’ll have already seen my post regarding the noted absence…

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Exploded Views – Canon AF35M

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It seems we’ve been on something of a Canon binge lately. We’ve reviewed the classic A-1, put a wide FD lens through its paces, and just…

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Canon FD 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

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For a lens to be remarkable it doesn’t always have to be exceptionally gorgeous, have the highest specification, or cost as much as a small, used…

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Canon A-1 Camera Review – Canon’s Greatest Gadget

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Were CP the kind of website to give our reviews catchy taglines, the Canon A-1’s review might pose a problem. I could title it The Forgotten…

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4 Reasons Why the Leica M2 is Better Than the M3

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[Editor’s Note : Someone read this article and sent me a message that, in part, told me to kill myself. Pretty ridiculous, but I wanted to clarify…

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Five Great Point and Shoot Film Cameras Organized by Budget and Capability

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Exploded Views – Minolta MC Rokkor 50mm F/2

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Here’s another installment in our Exploded Views feature. Last time we featured the Canon AE-1, and this week we’re showcasing something that’s admittedly simpler, less jaw-dropping,…

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Leica M2 Vulcanite / Leather Replacement (How To Video)

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I’ve had a Leica M2 with cracked and missing vulcanite sitting on a shelf for over two months. It was sad, ugly, and wasting away. So this…

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Exploded Views – Canon AE-1

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Casual Photophile was born from an appreciation that cameras are amazing, tiny machines. What better way to illustrate the intricacy and wonder of these little devices than…

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Olympus OM2 (OM2n) – Camera Review

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The Olympus OM system has a long history of both exceptional and under appreciated machines. While the OM1 was received by professional photogs, the press, and…

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What is Cross Processing (X-Pro) ?

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Quick Tips, our continuing series explaining elements of photography in simple terms, is back. In past articles we’ve explained things like ISO, how to load film, and unraveled…

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Why Everyone Should Shoot Manual … Sometimes

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Much has been written about the technical benefits of shooting in Manual mode, and while these articles do well to explain why shooting this way can…

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Canon AF35M vs Nikon L35AF – Camera Review

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A few months ago we talked about one of Nikon’s best point and shoot 35mm film cameras, the L35AF. This week, we’re taking a look at…

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Nikon 50mm Manual Focus Lens Shootout

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The 50mm lens; for decades it’s been the do-it-all piece of glass for countless photographers. From product photography to portraits, journalism to snapshots, 50mm lenses are so highly…

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How to Slow Down & Love Photography … Again

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For me, photography is often a solitary pursuit. At times this is a blessing. The calm of twiddling dials and manipulating a tripod can be a meditative…

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Rollei B 35 – Camera Review

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I get the word from a friend at the very last minute; a seat’s opened up to see the Boston Bruins on home ice, but I’d…

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Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 Lens Review – The Original Nifty Fifty

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In previous weeks we’ve talked about some noteworthy lenses, including a Minolta fish-eye and a Nikkor ultra-wide. Today, we’ll talk about a more standard focal length, a…

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

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These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely…

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Nikon L35AF – Japan’s Pikaichi Point and Shoot

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Photophiles in the 1980s had it good. The camera industry was surging forward on a wave of prosperity. Cameras featured greater automation, ease of use, and affordable quality. At…

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5 Best Travel Cameras – Digital Edition

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The last time we talked about travel cameras we focused on making a list of five retro machines. It was a pretty excellent list. Picking any…

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Minolta Autocord – Medium Format Camera Review

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In the early days of mass-produced cameras, when a photographer talked about “the best” he invariably talked about Germany. This reflected a truth; Japanese cameras of…

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Noteworthy Lenses – Nikon Nikkor 20mm ƒ/3.5

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It’s time for another examination of a noteworthy lens. Last time we looked at the Minolta Fish-Eye Rokkor-X 16mm F/2.8, and again we’re checking out a…

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5 Best Travel Cameras – Film Edition

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One of the greatest joys in life is travel, and one of the greatest joys in travel is taking pictures. Whether you’re looking to populate an…

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Minolta SR-T 202 – Camera Review

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Beginning in 1959 with the Nikon F, Japanese camera makers would spend the next few decades perfecting the SLR camera. As rangefinders and larger format cameras…

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Petri F1.9 Color Corrected Super – A Clockwork Rangefinder at a Point-and-Shoot Price

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Ask ten photo-geeks to make a list of their favorite rangefinders and you’ll likely find ten pretty varied lists. We can assume that most will place the Germans at the…

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Nikon F – Camera Review

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Innovation is a big deal. Companies that invent new products are amazing. Unfortunately for these trailblazers, innovation doesn’t always lead to glory. The last century is peppered with…

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Minolta MD Fish-eye Rokkor-X 16mm F/2.8 Lens Review

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For every camera maker there exists a following of fans who are passionate about that particular brand’s creations, and those collectors always lust after the very best…

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Voigtlander Vitomatic Ia – Camera Review

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Voigtländer is the oldest camera maker in the world. The company was founded, astoundingly, in 1756. To help put this in perspective, that makes Voigtländer 20…

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Canon AE-1 – Camera Review

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Canon and Nikon; today, these two brands are synonymous with professional photography, both make fantastic machines, and even the uninterested public considers them equals. But it…

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Canon Canonet QL17 – The Ultimate Street Shooter?

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Street photography, both easily accessible and frustratingly fickle, is one of those wonderful artistic pursuits that can be entirely rewarding even if mastery eludes you. Clichés be damned, street…

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Minolta’s X-7A Might be the Perfect Beginner’s SLR – Camera Review

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It’s easy to become a numbers-junkie. Whether it’s cameras, cars, watches, or tech toys, it seems that someone’s always shouting about the superiority of one machine…

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Canon T50 – Camera Review

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Throughout the 1970s, camera makers everywhere were surging forward on a wave of technological advancement. The continually improved designs of SLRs coupled with perfect marketing practices…

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Minolta XE-7 SLR – Camera Review

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I admire risk-takers in any industry because I feel that visionaries are the ones who urge everyone forward to a better future. The camera industry is no different. When…

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