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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.

Catarina Milhais Reis Captures the Light and Color of Portugal

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Today’s article spotlights Catarina Milhais Reis, a photographer whose vision and talent shares with us the light and color of Portugal.

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Ricoh GRD IV Digital Point and Shoot Camera Review

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Ten years after its release, James stumbled onto the Ricoh GRD IV, a premium compact digital that still surprises (in ways good and bad) a decade later.

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Why Take Pictures? Answering the Existential Crisis of the Photography Hobbyist

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James explores the existential crisis of the in-a-rut hobbyist photographer – what’s the point of making pictures anyway?

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Five Inexpensive Accessories to Get More Out of Your Photography

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Another article helping you get the most photographic bang for your buck. Here are five cheap accessories to boost your photography.

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Ten Great Point and Shoot Film Cameras From $25 to $99

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For every expensive, over-hyped point and shoot camera there are ten or twenty others that are damn near as good at one-tenth the price. Here’s a list of a few that we’ve personally enjoyed.

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Our Favorite Lenses as Chosen by Your Favorite Camera Geeks

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An all-star lineup of camera likers pick their favorite lenses, including JCH, Hamish of 35mmc, and many more. Plus, we want to know your favorite lens!

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Chinon Splash Review – My Sleeper Point and Shoot of the Year

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The weatherproof, sand and dust resistant Chinon Splash is so surprisingly excellent that it may be James’ sleeper point and shoot of the year!

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Wabi-Sabi of Photography and Why I Stopped Chasing Perfection

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James contemplates Wabi-sabi, the Japanese concept of beauty in imperfection, and how discovery of this concept has changed the way he photographs.

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Minolta MC Fisheye Rokkor X 7.5mm F/4 Lens Review

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James shoots and reviews the Minolta MC Fisheye Rokkor X 7.5mm F/4, the widest lens that Minolta ever produced.

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Canon MC Review – an ’80s Masterpiece that Fails Today

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James reviews the Canon MC, a point and shoot 35mm film camera from 1984 that’s all style and very little substance to today’s shooter.

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Minolta MC Rokkor X 85mm F/1.7 Fast Prime Portrait Lens Review

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James shoots Minolta’s first and fastest manual focus prime lens, the Minolta MC Rokkor X 85mm F/1.7. Plus sample shots and a buyer’s guide.

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Leica R8 Review – Leica’s Most Advanced Film Camera

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James examines the Leica R8 of 1996, the first 35mm film SLR camera designed by Leica since 1974.

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Quarantined? Here Are Five Photography Projects You Can Do From Home!

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James is sick and quarantined at home. Here are five photography-related projects for when we’re all stuck in the house. Stay healthy, have fun!

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How I Got Into Large Format Film Photography and How You Can Too

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A friend of the site tells us how he got into large format film photography, and lays a path for you to take your first steps, too.

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