Our Favorite Posts, Thanks, and Happy New Year

Hi everyone. James here. As you all surely know, the last few pages are being written and soon we’ll close the book on 2016. For us at Casual Photophile, it’s been a great and challenging year, and we want to finish it off with a message to our readers, and with a round-up of the articles that were our personal favorites.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your hobby and for taking the time to read, comment, share, and follow. 2016 was just the second full year that CP has existed and I’m amazed and bolstered by the modest success the site has enjoyed. The more than 1,000,000 visitors that we’ve had is a milestone I never dreamed of reaching when I founded the site from the humble surroundings of a basement home-office. I’m proud that my and Josh’s writings have been featured on noteworthy photo sites like PetaPixel, JapanCameraHunter, and B&H Photo’s social networks, and I think we’ve created a lot of compelling content for you all to enjoy.

More than anything, I hope we’ve been of some use to you. I hope we’ve helped you learn something, entertained you, and helped you enjoy photography a bit more than you might’ve had the site not existed. Thanks for helping us grow and joining us in spreading the joy of classic cameras in the modern age.

2017 is going to be a massive year for the site, and we’re looking forward to growing Casual Photophile into a special destination for all photo geeks. We’ve got lots of new ideas and content on the way, and a few secret developments that’ll allow CP to grow even faster in the new year.

Until then, feel free to comment here and let us know what you’d like to see in the future. More frequent posts? Daily articles? Video content? More of the same? You name it. We’re listening.

Happy New Year, everyone. Go shoot some photos.


One last thing – here’s a small sample of our favorite articles, cameras, etc. Catch up, enjoy some good writing, and share these special posts with your friends.

Lens reviews – Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mmMinolta M Rokkor 28mm

Camera reviews – Pentax K1000, Olympus OM-1, Minolta XK, Leica Minilux, Contax 139Q

Opinions – Not Everyone Needs a Leica, Why I Choose the Minolta CLE Over any M 

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  • Reply
    December 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Perhaps more lens reviews? I noticed that you’ve done something for most of the big Japanese brands, with one exception- Fuji’s Fujinon range. Would like to see a review on one of theirs. 🙂

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      James - Founder/Editor
      December 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Just mentioned to Josh yesterday that we need to prioritize lens reviews. On the way! Thank you.

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    Merlin Marquardt
    December 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the roundup/update. I think you have a great site. My advice is to focus on quality articles rather than just quantity of articles. Hope you have another great year.

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      James - Founder/Editor
      December 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Merlin. I appreciate that you’re always adding useful comments to the conversation here. Thanks again.

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    Jim Grey
    December 24, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Um, a million views in 2 years is far more than modest success. I’ve been at it almost 10 and am about 25,000 views shy of a million. And I consider *my* blog to be modestly successful.

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      James - Founder/Editor
      December 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Jim. You’ve got a great site full of great stories and a unique perspective. One of my favorites.

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    December 26, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I always make sure to pop by and check out your site – well written reviews and features. Keep it up for 2017!

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    December 26, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Looking forward to more of the same great writing and maybe more features in the New Year, always been a big fan of the site James, keep up the good work, hope you had a great Christmas and a great New Year too.

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    December 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Happy holidays, James. And congratulations for the deserved success in your valuable site, there is scarce information or will to share about the world in film that it’s a fortune to have you and your collaborators in this than more like a work it is a shared passion : )

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      James - Founder/Editor
      December 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks for this, Francis. A well-timed comment at a moment when the work is getting difficult.

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    Susan Bradley
    December 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Love your site, always learn something new. Keep up the great work!

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