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Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon is a freelance writer and touring bassist living in Los Angeles. He has an affinity for all things analog. When not onstage, you can find him roaming around Southern California shooting film and humming a tune.

Josh is Grumpy About Scanning Film

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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.

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Surviving 2020 with an Olympus Pen FT

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Josh reviews the half-frame 35mm Olympus Pen FT in this review that’s much more than just another camera review.

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We Interview the Director of Sirkhane Darkroom, a Mobile Photography School for Refugee Children

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We speak with the director of Sirkhane Darkroom, whose aim is to teach the arts to children refugees from the Syrian Civil War on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border.

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All About the Nikon Nikkormat Series – a Retrospective

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Josh dives into the history of Nikon’s first succesful amateur SLR camera, with details by model and which you should buy today.

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Rokkor, Nikkor, Takumar and Zuiko – The Stories Behind Japanese Lens Names

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What’s with those names? Josh briefly tells us the origins of lens brand names such as Nikkor, Zuiko, Rokkor, and Takumar.

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Nikon Micro Nikkor 55mm F/3.5 Macro / Standard Lens Review

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Josh reviews a classic Nikon Nikkor lens, the Micro Nikkor 55mm F/3.5 macro lens. It’s a standard fifty and a macro lens in one!

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Four Lessons Learned Through the Photography of Jazz Bassist Milt Hinton

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Josh, Casual Photophile’s resident photo nerd and pro musician, explores the personally inspirational work of jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Film Photographer – 2019

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Here is our last minute holiday gift guide for the photographer in your life, with great ideas for gifts at every budget. Happy Holidays!

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Women at War – Three Pioneering Female Combat Photographers – Part 2

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We spotlight three incredible, pioneering conflict photographers who also happen to be women, in part two of our series on the topic.

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Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8 Lens Review – Value Proposition

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Kit lenses are, for the most part, forgettable things. The hordes of slow wide-range zooms and 50mm f/1-point-whatever lenses have very few standouts among their ranks. They’re meant to be good-enough until the mediocrity becomes…

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Five Best Medium Format Cameras for Beginners in 2019

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We update our list of the best medium format cameras for those photographers just starting medium format in 2019.

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Five Favorite Photos – Robert Frank

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Josh picks five favorite photos from legendary photographer Robert Frank.

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Trying to Care About Film Photography with a Nikon EM

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Josh is in a photographic slump. The Nikon EM is a simple camera. Can this machine help him slug his way out of the rut? Or is it a swing and a miss?

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The Essentials – A Guide to the Best of Pentax’s Camera Systems

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In our latest Essentials article, we spotlight the best gear from Pentax. From collectible rarities to pro-spec SLRs, this is what Pentaxians dream of.

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