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James Tocchio

James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

Canon EOS 1V Review – the Last Professional Film SLR from Canon

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James reviews Canon’s last professional 35mm film SLR camera, the Canon EOS 1V. It’s nearly perfect, and surprisingly priced.

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Stop Trying To Turn Film Cameras Into Digital Cameras

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James offers an opinion on the recurring product launches that promise to turn your film camera into a digital camera.

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f/8 And Be There – the Unclear Origin of a Photographic Mantra and What It Really Means

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James explores the unclear origin of “f/8 and be there” and contemplates what the photographic mantra really means today.

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These Star Wars Props Were Made Out of Vintage Camera Parts

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Star Wars is packed full of props, and its no surprise that many of them were made from recycled camera parts! Here are a few.

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Polaroid’s The Button is a Surprisingly Good Instant Camera

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James reviews a somewhat anonymous and simple Polaroid instant film camera – 1981’s The Button.

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Shooting Film : Everything You Need to Know About Analogue Photography – Book Review

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James reviews the new book Shooting Film : Everything You Need to Know About Analogue Photography by Ben Hawkins and Lisa Kanaever-Hunsicker.

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Olympus 35S 35mm Rangefinder Camera Review

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James reviews a beautiful, old-school rangefinder-focusing 35mm film camera from Olympus, the Olympus 35-S of 1955.

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Behold Oscar Isaac Holding a Contax T2

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It’s a slow day here at CP HQ. Not going to lie.

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Enjoy These Fujifilm, Kodak, and Nikon TV Ads from the 1980s and ’90s

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Lately I’ve been scouring internet archives for old television commercials from our favorite camera and film brands. Enjoy!

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Kodak Announces Gold 200 in 120 – an Affordable Medium Format Color Film!

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Kodak has just announced that Kodak Gold 200 will now be produced in 120 medium format! The film, which is available to order for retailers and dealers in 5-roll Pro Packs starting today, is priced…

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Print, Print, Print, Print, Print! Print Your Photos!

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James goes off on a real tangent. The short version – print your photographs and you’ll be a happier photographer.

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Shooting Lomography Fantome Kino, an 8 ISO Black and White Film

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James shoots and reviews a couple of rolls of Lomography Fantome, an ultra-low ISO black and white 35mm film.

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NONS SL660, an Interchangeable Lens SLR for Instax Square Film, Now on Kickstarter

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An instant camera from NONS which is now funding on Kickstarter will allow photographers to create sharpness and bokeh on Instax Square film with Canon EF, M42, Nikon F, Pentax K, and Contax/Yashica mount lenses.

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REVIVAL, a Documentary About the Resurgence of Film Photography, Funding on Kickstarter

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There’s a new project on Kickstarter, a documentary called REVIVAL, which will spotlight artists shooting with film in the 21st century.

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