Every Article We’ve Ever Written – by Date

Push Processing Film

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[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

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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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The Subject is the Subject

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[Editor’s Note – Hey everyone. James here. We’re launching a new feature on CP. Every week, with the help of some really talented pro photographers, we’ll…

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Chinon Auto 3001 Multifocus Point and Shoot Camera Review

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My dog, Cooper, is a big fluffy oaf; a joyful dope who finds the kind of bliss in play that the rest of us can only…

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Ilford HP5 Plus – Black and White Film Profile

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We all know a knockoff when we see it. Fake Rolexes, certain Russian motorcycles, and pretty much anything bought off of a street cart in Hong Kong,…

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5 Reasons to Shoot Film When Traveling

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Got a trip coming up? Are you the kind of person who shoots both film and digital cameras? Then let me make a suggestion; the next time…

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Featured Photophile No. 004 – Stéphane Heinz Shoots the Hasselblad X-Pan and Rolleiflex

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Featured Photophile, our recurring segment showcasing talented amateur photographers, is back. Today we’re spotlighting a wonderful shooter named Stéphane who’s created some amazing photos with two very distinctive cameras. But…

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Pentax K1000 – Camera Review

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A plump, chunky camera stares at me from across the room. I avert my eyes and glance back at the computer screen, my stomach growing queasy…

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Fuji GW690 – Medium Format Camera Review

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After nearly three years of running this website, I’ve finally discerned the characteristics that make up my ideal camera. I like versatility and affordability, so interchangeable…

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Featured Photophile No. 003 – La Fille Renne, France

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We’re back and spotlighting another excellent, non-professional shooter in our latest Featured Photophile. I can’t remember where I first came across the photos made by La Fille…

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MeFoto Globetrotter Air Review – a Travel Tripod That Actually Works?

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Travel tripods are notoriously bad. Flimsy and cheap, they’re disposable products destined to be discarded and replaced by something better. Or at least, that’s the perception.…

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Remember the ’90s – Camera Edition

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The decade that brought us Dunkaroos and the Macarena also brought with it a scourge in the form of plastic-fantastic, homogeneous camera design that manufacturers would…

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How to Buy a Used Lens Without Getting Burned

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Lenses are expensive. But used lenses are cheap. And thanks to their adaptability to today’s amazing mirror-less cameras, legacy lenses are becoming an ever more popular…

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Olympus Trip 35 – Camera Review

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As enthralling as photography can be, long days, months, and years spent shooting can wear you out. In the worst case, it can lead to a…

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Featured Photophile No. 002 – Alex Denault, Canada

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Featured Photophile, our recurring segment showcasing talented amateur photographers, is back. Today we’re spotlighting a nice guy named Alex who’s managed to create some amazing photos in a…

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Relive the Past With Eleven Minutes of Nikon Commercials

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Are you at work? Do you hate your job? Then why not stick it to your awful boss by spending eleven minutes watching vintage Nikon commercials? We’ve scoured…

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Leica Store Boston Opening Weekend, Sneak Peak at Leica’s Sofort Instax Camera, and My First Instameet

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I walk east down Boylston Street as the early morning sun continues its slow ascent ahead of me. Knife-edged shadows cut into the gleaming, white marble of the…

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Cinestill 800T Film Profile – Shoot Like Abrams, Allen and Tarantino

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Living in Los Angeles is a bit different than outsiders think. In the popular imagination, LA is a sprawling, steamy city teeming with lawyers, writers, and…

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Featured Photophile No. 001 – Luca Ellena, Switzerland

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Today is the beginning of a new Feature here on CP. It’s called Featured Photophile, and here we’ll showcase the photography of a talented amateur shooter, and give…

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Mint InstantFlex TL70 – Instant Camera Review

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I spent this past weekend shooting an instant camera like no other. Mint’s InstantFlex TL70 is a twin lens reflex in the vein of Rollei and…

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Nikon S2 – Camera Review

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Every photo geek has their Holy Grail. We all dream of having the perfect machine, and more than most of us spend lots of time and cash…

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Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm F/4.5 Aspherical III – M and E Mount Lens Review

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Super wide-angle lenses are unique. By their very nature, they’re specialized, uncommon, and expensive. So to go searching for a capable, versatile, and inexpensive super-wide seems…

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Five Books Every Photo Geek Should Own

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Documentarian and filmmaker Werner Herzog once said, “If you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.” The same is true for any aspiring creator, whether…

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Minolta XK – Camera Review

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It was after climbing 2,000 feet above sea level, with several hundred more to hike, that I decided to hate Minolta’s XK. I stood hunched and…

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Nikon FG – Camera Review

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In my last article, I mentioned a shiny, little Nikon FG. The FG happened to be my very first 35mm film camera and remains one of my…

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Why Fujifilm Superia 400 Should be Every Shooters First Film

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[Editor’s Note : One of the most common questions I’m asked is one that’s very difficult to answer. People who’ve never shot film want to know where…

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Five Tips for Building a Full Film Camera Kit for Under $100

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We’ve all been there; spent too long staring at a famous photograph shot on film, handled a friend or relative’s classic camera a little too covetously,…

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Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 – Lens Review

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I shoot a lot of old cameras, archaic machines that in some cases recall a time when the United States was comprised of only forty-eight such…

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Five Famous Photographers and the Cameras They Used

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It’s no secret that we love our gear here at Casual Photophile. A quick glance through the archives is enough to illustrate our undying love for…

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Nikon FE – Camera Review

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My eyes flitted from one glittering storefront to the next, unsure of which to enter. For weeks I’d been craving a cannolo, a Sicilian pastry with a…

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Pentax SV – Camera Review

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Life has a way of giving you exactly what you need when you least expect it to. So when I came across a Pentax SV for…

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Minolta M Rokkor 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

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The end of a tiresome week found me weary, disheartened, and worn out. It also found me stuffed into a small, German sedan with my wife,…

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Leica IIIc – Camera Review

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What can we say about Leica that hasn’t already been said? The subject of countless articles and blog posts, every inch of every Leica ever made…

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Why I Choose the Minolta CLE Over Any Leica M

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The best 35mm film cameras in the world are Leicas, and the best of the best is the M series. These are a known facts, right?…

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Kodak Tri-X – Film Profile

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Guitarists have the Fender Stratocaster, soldiers the AK-47, and handymen the world over have WD-40. These products have become the standard bearers in their fields; tools…

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Should You Buy a Mechanical or Electronic Camera?

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Spend any amount of time on photography forums and you’ll learn pretty quickly that photographers will argue about anything. Analog versus digital, slides versus C-41, Nikon…

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Minolta MD W. Rokkor-X 24mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Lens Review

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The Minolta MD W Rokkor X 25mm F/2.8 is a classic film-era wide angle lens that performs beautifully on today’s mirror-less digital cameras.

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Olympus OM-1 Camera Review

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James reviews the Olympus OM1, one of the smallest and greatest all-mechanical meter-assisted 35mm SLR film cameras ever made.

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Nikon F3 – Camera Review

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There are rare objects in this world that have the power to stop people in their tracks. Works of art so beautiful that they demand a lingering gaze;…

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Fomapan Creative 200 – Film Profile

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We’re back with another film profile, and since we’re smack in the middle of a series on home-developing black-and-white film we’ve decided to spotlight, you guessed…

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5 Best Medium Format Cameras for Beginners

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It happens to the best of us. At some point in the photographic journey, every photo geek is going to run into a wall. Things get stale.…

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Exploded Views – Nikon F3

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After an extended hiatus, our Exploded Views feature is back, and I’ve brought to bear my most ambitious effort yet! I’ve chosen a truly legendary camera, Nikon’s F3,…

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How to Develop Black and White Film at Home – Part Two: Developing The Negative + Video Guide

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We’re back with the second installment in our continuing feature on developing black-and-white film at home, and it’s time to get down to business. Are you…

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Contax 139 Quartz – Camera Review

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I recently found myself the reluctant owner of a Contax 139 Quartz 35mm SLR, a camera about which I knew little and for which I cared…

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Not Everyone Needs a Leica

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I recently overheard a teenage customer asking the clerk of a local camera shop about some gear. He wanted to replace his kit lens, but he…

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How To Process Black and White Film at Home – Part One: What You’ll Need

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There’s no better way to connect with the very essence of the medium than by shooting black-and-white film, and while the C-41 process B&W films are…

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Five Best Cameras for Photography Students

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There’s a certain question that I get asked virtually every single day. People need to know what camera they should buy for their upcoming high school or…

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Canon AE-1 – Video Review

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After much filming, lots of trial and error, and countless hours of editing, we’ve finally finished our very first video review. We’ve started with a camera…

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Minolta XE-5 – Camera Review

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I began my photographic journey with a Minolta DSLR, the rather fantastic-in-its-day Maxxum 5D, so when I felt the urge to try some film shooting more…

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10 Holiday Gifts for Photo Geeks

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The holidays are here, and you’ve got a photographer on your shopping list. At the best of times, this can be a daunting task; camera enthusiasts are seriously picky…

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