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James Tocchio

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.

In Case You Missed It – Our Favorite Articles of 2020

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This is the last article of our three-part 2020 recap week. If you’ve enjoyed this little trip through some of the best camera reviews and then the most popular articles on the site this year,…

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Our Ten Most Popular Posts in 2020

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Over the last twelve months more than 3 million readers have enjoyed (hopefully) the words and images of Casual Photophile. That’s a readership number which I never expected when I began writing for and publishing…

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The Cameras We Reviewed in 2020

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Photographers know a thing or two about perspective. Sure, 2020 has been trash, but damn did we write about some gorgeous cameras this year!

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Holiday Gifts for Photographers – 2020 Edition

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Our 2020 list of the best Holiday gifts for photographers. Find what to buy, and share this list with your friends.

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Check Out These Amazing Items from Flints Auctions’ November 19th Catalog

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Joshua from Flints Auctions gives us a look at some of the incredible photographic rarities to be had in their upcoming November 19th auction.

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How to Expose Both Sides of 35mm Film to Create Stunning Images – Video

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In this video feature, Dave Carulli shows us how to expose both sides of a roll of 35mm film to create stunning images.

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Leica Elmarit-R 28mm F/2.8 Lens Review

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James reviews the Leica Elmarit-R 28mm F/2.8 wide-angle fast prime lens for Leica R mount and digital mirrorless cameras!

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Make a Difference in Someone’s Life – Buy a Hat from Brooklyn Film Camera

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Make photography film again with a hat from Brooklyn Film Camera, with a bonus that all profits will be going to charity!

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Rolleiflex SL66 Camera Review

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The first medium format SLR camera that Rollei produced, the Rolleiflex SL66, is one of the more interesting cameras I’ve ever shot.

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Pentax 67 Review – It’s a Big Camera

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James shot the Pentax 67 in 2016 and 2018, and was less than impressed. In 2020 he tries again. Here’s the review.

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A Scary Day – a note from site founder James

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At 10AM this morning I began to feel dizzy and nauseous. Five minutes later my heart rate was above 175 beats per minute. I told my wife I couldn’t catch my breath, and sat down.…

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Digitizing Negatives at Home – a Comparison of Methods and Results (DSLR vs Flatbed vs Lab Scans)

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Our friend Tony Huynh compares the major methods of scanning, with plenty of sample images and insight into the processes.

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Kitamura Camera in Shinjuku, Tokyo is a Must-See Shop for Photographers

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Kitamura Camera has opened a new flagship shop in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and it’s the most beautiful camera shop I’ve ever seen. See the photos.

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KEKS EM-01 Light Meter Review

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James reviews the KEKS EM-01, a compact and elegant shoe-mounted light meter that’s especially useful for classic camera shooters.

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