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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.

The Three Fs of Polaroid Photography

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During a televised comedy special in the 1980s, a once-beloved comedian famously spoke the old witticism that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” After that,…

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Canon Sure Shot Zoom XL Review

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James reviews the Canon Sure Shot Zoom XL, a chunky Canon point and shoot 35mm film camera that first debuted in 1989.

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The Nikon Z5 is the Best Value Full Frame Mirror-less Camera Available Today

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Here’s why the Nikon Z5 is the best value full frame mirror-less camera you can buy today.

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Pentax Unveils Plans to Build a New Range of Film Cameras

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Pentax unveils plans to release a whole range of new film cameras! Details here!

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A Thank You Note, and Happy Holidays

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Ray Bradbury, my literary hero, famously posted a sign above his typewriter that read “Don’t Think.” The idea, as he related it, is that a writer should write not with his or her head, but…

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Keks KM02 OLED Light Meter Review

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James reviews the latest OLED light meter from KEKS, the KEKS KM02. At $110, it’s a real contender for best value light meter.

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Ray Bradbury’s Sun and Shadow Shines a Light on Photographic Cultural Appropriation

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Ray Bradbury’s Sun and Shadow is a beautiful short story that examines photographic cultural appropriation. Synopsis and thoughts in today’s article.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo Camera Review

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The Instax Mini Evo is Fuji’s newest Instax Mini instant film camera, and it’s also a digital camera. See why that’s so great in this review.

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Leica’s New M6 and Solving the Film Photography Accessibility Problem

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Want to shoot film without spending a ton of money? Here’s one simple tip that will help you make that happen!

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Rollei Rolleiflex SL35M Film Camera Review

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James reviews the Rollei SL35M, a basic 35mm film SLR camera from the 1970s, and tells what makes it special in today’s digital world.

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It’s Okay to Like Cameras More Than You Like Photography

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James weighs in on the push/pull between those who love photography first and those who simply love cameras.

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Contax S2 Review – A No Frills Titanium 35mm SLR

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James spent a couple of weeks shooting the Contax S2 earlier in the summer. Here’s everything he learned about this titanium SLR.

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MiNT Camera Plans to Make a New Premium Compact 35mm Film Camera

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I got an interesting email the other day. Seems that MiNT Camera wants to make a new premium 35mm film compact. And they just might do it.

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What Is Polaroid Up To?

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Polaroid is poised to announce something new (not a camera, they say) on September 21st. What could it be?

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