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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.

A Quick Guide to Kodak Film

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Readers of the site often ask us for film recommendations, so we thought it would be helpful to publish a quick guide to each brand’s film stocks. Keep in mind that these are only brief…

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Kodak Funsaver Disposable Camera Review – Cheap is Good

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The disposable camera is the ultimate tool for casual photography. It’s made for non-photographers, vacationers, first-time film shooters, and even experienced shooters looking to simplify their kit. But what’s really remarkable about the disposable camera…

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Five Favorite Photos – Willy Ronis

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When describing photojournalism, the words “joyful” and “lovely” don’t often come to mind. Most photojournalistic fare depicts human suffering, and the images are often more provocative than they are beautiful. Even the more poetic works…

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Helios 44M 58mm F/2 Lens Review – Another Round of Russian Roulette

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Our frequent coverage of lenses and cameras from the former Soviet Union might make us seem like ardent fans of the subgenre, but I can assure you it’s not the case (true at least for…

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Reliving Polaroid’s Glory Days with the Polaroid Sun 660

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Growing up, there was one object in the house I coveted more than anything else – the Polaroid 600 sitting on the top shelf of our housemates’ dresser. On occasion I’d see it being passed…

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Gold Collector Cameras

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There’s a famous scene in This Is Spinal Tap in which the guitarist of Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel, shows off his guitar collection. He finally comes to the crown jewel, a Sea Foam Green Fender…

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Industar 61 L/D 55mm F/2.8 Soviet Rangefinder Lens Review

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Writing for a photography website comes with some interesting side-effects. Aside from getting to shoot and own some of film photography’s greatest machines, you also end up with a few that leave you scratching your…

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Five Favorite Photos – W. Eugene Smith, Master of the Photo Essay

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To pick only five photos from any distinguished photographer’s catalog is difficult most days. Today, in particular, it’s outright impossible. That’s because today’s subject is none other than the master of the photo essay, W.…

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

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We answer emails about recommending cameras and lenses every day, so we thought it might be helpful if we published brief guides to the most popular camera brands. These guides are not meant to be…

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We Review Maitani’s Masterpiece, the Olympus XA Rangefinder Camera

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Hype can kill. We’re no strangers to the phenomenon here. We’ve tested plenty of popular cameras that have failed to support the weight of expectation and popular opinion, and it’s always disappointing to shoot a…

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The Nikon FM is All the 35mm Film Camera You Really Need

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My eyes drifted from one storefront to the next, my stomach grumbling in the late spring heat. For days I’d been craving a taco, a dish so common in my home city that they may…

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Nikon F – The Camera That Changed Everything

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If there’s one camera that’s been a constant presence throughout my years as a photographer and writer, it’s the Nikon F. Nearly every research trail or trip to the camera show somehow ends with the…

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How Fuji C200 Convinced Me that Cheap Consumer Grade Film Still Matters – Opinion

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Author’s note : For a more technical look at the properties of Fuji C200, please refer to our film profile on AgfaPhoto Vista 200, AgfaPhoto’s discontinued rebrand of this film stock. Cheap consumer-grade film might…

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Five Favorite Photos – Saul Leiter

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“There are the things that are out in the open, and there are the things that are hidden,” muses Saul Leiter in the documentary on his life and work, In No Great Hurry. “The real…

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