Every Article We’ve Ever Written – by Date

5 American Cameras Worth Owning and Shooting

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Today is the 4th of July, and while I’m no history professor, I at least know that this is the day we Americans celebrate the resistance…

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Topcon RE Super 35mm Film SLR Camera Review – The Greatest Loser

2000 1123 Josh Solomon

History, according to a popular truism, is written by the victors. And so it is in the world of cameras. Our victors? Nikon, Canon, Leica, etc.…

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Minolta AF Macro 100mm F/2.8 A Mount Lens Review – Spoiler : It’s Perfect

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Photography is a fluid craft. The light, our subjects, and even our interests are always in flux. So it helps when our gear can keep up.…

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Annie Leibovitz Looks Inward for Pilgrimage – CP Book Club

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

Annie Leibovitz is the most recognizable name in modern photography. Not only does the average person recognize her name, but most know her work; the Yoko…

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Six Months with the M2 and My Struggles with the Myth of Leica

1999 1124 Josh Solomon

Author’s note: The Leica M2 is an interchangeable lens rangefinder introduced in 1957 by German optical powerhouse Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH. It is the successor to…

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Nikon Nikkor O 35mm F/2 Pre-AI Lens Review

1999 1333 James Tocchio

Not long ago, I reviewed the fastest 35mm Nikkor that Nikon has ever made, the 35mm F/1,4. While incredibly luxurious in the hands and a stellar…

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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 – Film Profile

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Not every day is a Portra day. And this reality set in hard when my local camera store started charging $13 per roll of Portra 400…

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Let’s Roast – We Pick Our Most Hated Cameras

1600 900 James Tocchio

Get ready for some grumpy, burnt out bitching about camera stuff from writers who possibly spend a bit too much time shooting them. You’re still here?…

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Canon EOS 650 Camera Review – The Autofocus Revolution Arrives

1924 1082 Jeb Inge

The late 1980s brought big changes and a moment of decision for every camera maker in the world. And the harbinger of that change was a…

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Featured Photophile No. 009 – Ethan Covey

1509 2000 James Tocchio

Featured Photophile, our recurring segment showcasing talented amateur photographers is back with more photo inspiration for you. Today we’re spotlighting a shooter named Ethan Covey. His take on today’s…

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Polaroid SX-70 Instant Film Camera Review – The Pinnacle of Polaroid

2000 1125 James Tocchio

James reviews the Polaroid SX70, the most impressive Polaroid camera ever made.

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Five Slightly-Less-Famous Photographers You Should Know About

1141 729 James Tocchio

You know those famous photographers everyone’s always squawking about? Bresson, Ansel Adams, Daidō Moriyama, uh… Eric Kim? Well this isn’t about them. They’re covered ad nauseam and…

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Pentax 645 Camera Review – The Best Entry Level Medium Format Film Camera

2000 1334 Jeb Inge

The desire to jump into medium format photography is usually accompanied by visions of Hasselblads, Rolleiflexes, and the Contax 645. And that’s understandable – the first…

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Five Reasons Vintage Zoom Lenses Aren’t Terrible

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Few things in the vintage camera world are as universally reviled as old zoom lenses. They carry a reputation for being bulky, useless in low light,…

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Minolta Hi-matic 7sII – 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera Review

2000 1125 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

We review Minolta’s final fixed lens 35mm film rangefinder camera, and it’s a real beauty – the Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII.

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Shooting Film Through Thailand with Dan Diaz

2000 1333 James Tocchio

Editor’s Note – James here. You may have noticed that we’re branching out from our usual gear reviews and opinion pieces. While those will still make…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 03 – Minolta Edition

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Minolta was one of the greatest camera makers of all time, during the film era. In this article, we pick our favorites from the brand.

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We Go Hands On with FilmLab, a New App for Scanning Film with Your Smartphone

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Abe Fettig is looking to change the way many of us scan our film. “I feel like people really enjoy spending time in the dark room,…

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Konica Big Mini BM 201 – Point and Shoot Film Camera Review

2000 1125 Josh Solomon

The hype train for point-and-shoots travels faster than a Japanese Shinkansen, and seems to change tracks more often than a hobo runnin’ from the law. Every few…

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Documenting East Germany with Expired Film from 1990

1800 1319 Jeb Inge

When I first acquired a number of rolls of Kodak film that expired in 1990 I stored them in my freezer. And there they sat. I…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 02 – Olympus Edition

2000 1125 James Tocchio

We’re back with another installment of Desert Island Cameras, the recurring article in which we answer the question, “If you could only have one, which would…

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Featured Photophile No. 008 – Enzo Gohlke

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Featured Photophile, our recurring segment showcasing talented amateur photographers, is back. Today we’re spotlighting a young photophile named Lorenz Gohlke, known to his pals as Enzo. Enzo is a classic…

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Six Months with the Rolleiflex 2.8 D – Medium Format TLR Camera Review

1999 1331 Josh Solomon

After reviewing vintage cameras for a while, you tend to become distrustful of any camera or lens with a legendary reputation. All of us here at CP…

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1905 Ticka Watch Camera – An In-Depth Look

2000 1125 James Tocchio

There’s this guy I know; one of those old-timey photo geeks that have seen it all and own most of it. He ran a camera shop for…

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Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F/1.4 C/Y Mount – Lens Review

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Today’s lens review isn’t going to change the way you take photos, and if you’re already shooting a fast fifty don’t expect to be surprised. Today’s…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 01 – Nikon Edition

1280 723 James Tocchio

Ahoy matey. Here’s a fun post for you guys, and before you get too deep, keep in mind that we want to hear your thoughts on…

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Rollei 35 SE – Camera Review

2000 1125 James Tocchio

James reviews the Rollei 35 SE, a super compact 35mm film camera from the famous German camera makers known for their TLRs.

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How to Shoot Easy Macro Photos Using Close-Up Filters

2400 1600 James Tocchio

Are you interested in macro photography but not so interested in shelling the clams to pay for an expensive macro lens? Or maybe you’re not interested…

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Five Best Affordable Rangefinder Cameras

2000 1125 Josh Solomon

Rangefinders. The mere mention of this type of camera inspires visions of the erstwhile street shooter; a clandestine spirit who is here and not here, never participating but…

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Fujifilm X70 Mirrorless Camera Review

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Fuji’s now-discontinued X70 is still one of the best compact digitals I’ve ever used.

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Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim Camera Review – The Widest Toy Camera Around

1280 720 Josh Solomon

[Author’s note: Many thanks to Nick Marshall for lending this camera to us for review. Check out his instant/toy camera photography here] The internet’s a strange place.…

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Zeiss 35mm F/2.8 C Biogon ZM – Lens Review

1280 720 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

In the early days of Instagram I had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands using my telephone camera as a primary shooter. During these…

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Pentax LX Camera Review – The Best Professional 35mm SLR Around

1280 720 James Tocchio

I’ve spent the past few months shooting an amazing and beautiful 35mm film SLR from Japan. This camera has it all – a complete system with…

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We Pick Your First Film Camera For Under $50

1280 720 James Tocchio

Recent articles by the likes of TIME magazine, BBC news, and others have announced to the masses what many of us have known for years – film…

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SMC Pentax M 40mm F/2.8 Pancake Lens Review

1280 720 James Tocchio

Lilliputian. Svelte. Teensy and weensy, and of course, teensy-weensy. All words I’d never expect to write in a lens review, yet here we all are and…

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Kodak Brownie No. 2 Camera Review – Shooting a Hundred-Year-Old Film Camera

1280 720 Josh Solomon

[Author’s note: Many thanks to Nick Marshall for lending this camera to us for review. Check out his instant/toy camera photography here] It’s 2017, and most…

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Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 – Six Months In

1280 720 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

It’s been more than six months since Bellamy Hunt (a.k.a. Japan Camera Hunter) brought a new black-and-white film stock to market, and while snide comments about Bellamy’s motives have…

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Olympus Infinity Stylus (Mju) – Point and Shoot Camera Review

1280 720 Josh Solomon

The Olympus Infinity (Mju) line is one of the most-hyped families of cameras in analog photography. Google the name and nearly every resultant post will gush…

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The Family That Shoots Together… Street Photography With Kids

1280 849 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

As a young man, I occasionally engaged with photography with just a general interest. In the mid-1980s, point & shoot and instant cameras were plentiful, and I…

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Nikon Nikkor N 35mm F/1.4 – the Fastest 35mm Nikon Lens Ever

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Today we’re looking at a super-fast Nikon lens that no one really needs, yet many shooters covet. The Nikkor-N Auto 35mm F/1.4 from 1971 (along with…

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5 Polaroid Cameras Worth Owning, Shooting, and Collecting

1280 853 James Tocchio

Polaroid cameras are a dime a dozen, and utterly fantastic. But some are more fantastic than others. While I love the ubiquitous 600-series machines for their ease…

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Why Photography is the Best Hobby

1280 720 James Tocchio

People have always asked me why I like photography so much. The early answer was an ignorant shrug, “I just like it.” And the conversation would…

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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400 – Film Profile

1280 720 Josh Solomon

The world of photography gear is, to put it bluntly, confusing as hell, and it can be hard to know which lens, camera, and film, is…

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Our Favorite Posts, Thanks, and Happy New Year

1280 720 James Tocchio

Hi everyone. James here. As you all surely know, the last few pages are being written and soon we’ll close the book on 2016. For us…

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How to See in Black-and-White

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Color, in many ways, is the essence of life. Our eyes and brains are built to see it. Brand identities are built on it. And so…

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Featured Photophile No. 006 – Gareth Buckett

1024 686 James Tocchio

Featured Photophile, our recurring segment showcasing talented amateur photographers, is back. Today we’re spotlighting a young photophile named Gareth Buckett. His photos show a technical ability and an understanding of…

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Nikon F6 – Camera Review

1280 720 Josh Solomon

Well, this is it. I shut the gold box for the last time and laid it into a bigger, blander box, a Priority Mail shipping label…

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Leica Sofort – Instant Camera Review

1280 720 James Tocchio

It’s the end of 2016, a year of global controversies, and today we’re here to examine what might be the most divisive object in the history…

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Push Processing Film

1280 853 James Tocchio

[Editor’s Note – James here with a quick message to introduce the next contributor to our new Tips and Techniques segment. Cameron Kline is someone you may be familiar with;…

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Featured Photophile No. 005 Shaq Baker Shoots India

1968 1152 James Tocchio

Featured Photophile, our recurring segment showcasing talented amateur photographers, is back. Today we’re spotlighting a young photophile named Shaq Baker, and while he’s a prolific photo maker, we’re solely focusing on…

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