Film

Kodak BW400CN – Film Profile

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We’re back with another film profile to help you decide which film is right for you. In the past we’ve profiled two Kodak films that are still being produced today; the smooth-as-silk Kodak Ektar 100, and the invitingly…

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Zeiss Ikon Contina II (524/24) – Camera Review

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When shooting vintage cameras there exists something of a sweet spot- a kind of “Goldilocks zone” that only a certain number of cameras occupy. For most photo geeks, a camera needs to be old enough to have…

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Should We Photograph the Homeless?

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It’s my belief that a writer’s job is to ask questions. As the owner of a camera shop and the founder of CP, I spend a lot of time thinking about photography, cameras, and what it…

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Exploded Views – Minolta MC Rokkor 50mm F/2

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Here’s another installment in our Exploded Views feature. Last time we featured the Canon AE-1, and this week we’re showcasing something that’s admittedly simpler, less jaw-dropping, and easier on our bleeding fingertips. It’s Minolta’s MC…

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Exploded Views – Canon AE-1

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Casual Photophile was born from an appreciation that cameras are amazing, tiny machines. What better way to illustrate the intricacy and wonder of these little devices than to tear them apart and splay their innards across a…

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What is Cross Processing (X-Pro) ?

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Quick Tips, our continuing series explaining elements of photography in simple terms, is back. In past articles we’ve explained things like ISO, how to load film, and unraveled the mysteries of the focus scale. Today we’re looking at…

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Why Everyone Should Shoot Manual … Sometimes

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Much has been written about the technical benefits of shooting in Manual mode, and while these articles do well to explain why shooting this way can improve the quality of your photographs they don’t always…

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Rollei B 35 – Camera Review

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I get the word from a friend at the very last minute; a seat’s opened up to see the Boston Bruins on home ice, but I’d need to leave immediately and meet him on Causeway…

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

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These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely worth owning. Not convinced? Then consider that just a…

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Minolta Autocord – Medium Format Camera Review

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In the early days of mass-produced cameras, when a photographer talked about “the best” he invariably talked about Germany. This reflected a truth; Japanese cameras of the 1930s and ‘40s were in large part inferior…

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Noteworthy Lenses – Nikon Nikkor 20mm ƒ/3.5

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It’s time for another examination of a noteworthy lens. Last time we looked at the Minolta Fish-Eye Rokkor-X 16mm F/2.8, and again we’re checking out a wide-angle lens from the Land of the Rising Sun.…

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Minolta SR-T 202 – Camera Review

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Beginning in 1959 with the Nikon F, Japanese camera makers would spend the next few decades perfecting the SLR camera. As rangefinders and larger format cameras gave way to this new wave of machines, more…

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Petri F1.9 Color Corrected Super – A Clockwork Rangefinder at a Point-and-Shoot Price

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Ask ten photo-geeks to make a list of their favorite rangefinders and you’ll likely find ten pretty varied lists. We can assume that most will place the Germans at the top, the Japanese at the bottom, and there may be…

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Canon T50 – Camera Review

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Throughout the 1970s, camera makers everywhere were surging forward on a wave of technological advancement. The continually improved designs of SLRs coupled with perfect marketing practices created astronomical retail success for Single Lens Reflex makers.…

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