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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.

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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My Hunt for the Surprisingly Elusive “Leica M of SLRs”

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James muses over his search for the perfect camera, what he calls the “Leica M of SLRs.”

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Konica Tomato and Konica Pop 10 Review

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James reviews the Konica Tomato and the Konica Pop 10, a pair of simple 1980s 35mm point-and-shoot film cameras with style.

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Meet the Nons SL42, A New Instant Film SLR Camera with M42 Lens Mount

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A new Kickstarter campaign has launched today which seeks to fund production of a new Instax instant film camera, an SLR with an M42 lens mount!

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We Should All Be Shooting Dorky AF SLRs and Here’s Why

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Save money, save time, and improve your photography shooting one of these unpopular, ugly and amazingly capable autofocus film SLR cameras.

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Shooting a Forty Year Old Roll of Kodak Plus-X Film

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James finds a forty to fifty year old roll of Kodak Plus X black and white film and shoots it one afternoon with his dog, kids, and the ocean.

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Leitz 21mm F/4 Super Angulon R – Leica R Mount Lens Review

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James spends six months with and then reviews an ultra wide angle lens for the Leica SLR system, the Leitz 21mm F/4 Super Angulon R.

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Choosing Your Kid’s First Camera

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If you’re a parent and a photo geek, you should buy your kid a camera. Here are some of the best cameras for kids of various age groups as chosen by our writers.

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How I Fought My Way Through Photographic Burnout, and How You Can Too

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Losing interest in photography? Getting overwhelmed? Here’s how James fought his way through photographic burnout, and how you could too.

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FILM Ferrania Store Re-opens, Ferrania P30 Film Now Shipping to USA and Canada

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We chat with Dave Bias, Sales and Marketing Director for FILM Ferrania who have just reopened their online shop selling Ferrania P30 film to the USA and Canada.

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