About Casual Photophile

CP is an entertainingly written and easily understood resource for photo geeks that explores the history and continued use of vintage cameras, as well as the newest technology and trends in photography.

We’re not just another blog, not just another gear site. We don’t just tell you about a camera, we tell you why the camera matters. We tell stories. Stories that transport you, stories that let you stroll with a camera or lens from the comfort of your living room, stories that make you think, and stories that entertain as much as they inform.

We’re not a loose collection of random posts written by strangers sourced from camera forums. We take this job seriously. We know your time is valuable. We understand that by reading CP you’re allowing us to become a part of your world (if only for fifteen minutes a week) and we will never take that for granted. We have a responsibility to put out engaging, thoughtful, professional content, the kind that is so hard to find in the era of blogs and forums. The information you find here will always be accurate and as unbiased as possible. We want your trust and we’ll work forever to earn it.

The name of the site reflects a desire to talk about cameras in a casual way, eschewing the snobbery and elitism sometimes encountered in the hobby. With this in mind, CP’s primary goal is to encourage the pursuit of joyful photography in all readers regardless of their experience or knowledge level.


James Tocchio launched CP in 2014, and he’s the man behind almost everything seen on the site. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic cameras as well as the most advanced, cutting-edge machines. He loves legacy lenses, chatting with strangers, and dogs. In addition to his work on CP, he’s also the founder and operator of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com, and the registered agent of F Stop Cameras, LLC.


Josh Solomon is a photo geek, musician, and student from Los Angeles. He joined the team in 2016 as a contributing writer. When not playing jazz around L.A. or jamming with his band, Young Lovers, he’s shooting film through timeless, mechanical cameras.


I’m James, and I want this site to grow. Producing the excellent content here takes time and money. If you like Casual Photophile, here’s how you can help.

The easiest way you can help the site to grow is by using my affiliate links when you shop for anything online. Bookmark them and use them every time you need something from AmazoneBay, or B&H Photo. This will cost you nothing, but will help the site earn advertising revenue which I’ll use to continue producing free content for you photo geeks!

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ADVERTISING DISCLOSURES: We use affiliate marketing links as our primary source of revenue. This means that we may be paid commission on sales of products that we cover. The content found here is not influenced by these affiliate partnerships. All articles, reviews, and editorial material on CP are published upon our own editorial discretion. Trust is everything. We will not publish opinions or articles based on the desires of our affiliates or advertisers.

Additionally we may link readers to our own camera shop, F Stop Cameras. The owner of both Casual Photophile and F Stop Cameras is James Tocchio, who is the registered agent of F Stop Cameras, LLC.

CONFLICT: No one on staff will accept gifts from any company that we intend to write about. No one on staff will have investments in, or be employed by any company we write about.

CORRECTIONS: All articles will be rigorously scrutinized for accuracy prior to publishing. Sources are checked and double-checked to ensure accuracy. In the event of a mistake, corrections will be made known and the article will remain published.

PRODUCT SAMPLES FOR REVIEW: We will accept products for review. To contact us regarding having your product reviewed, send a message to Contact@Fstopcameras.com. If the product is sent for review prior to the product being commercially available we will happily agree to an embargo, and will not publish until a specific time. When products are sent to us for review we will disclose in that review that the product was provided by the company from which it was sent.

For any additional information or concerns, message us – Contact@Fstopcameras.com

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