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Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon

Student, photo geek, contributing writer. When not jamming with my band in L.A., I'm shooting uniquely mechanical cameras.

Lomo’Instant Wide Instant Camera Review

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Few things in this world are as fun as an instant camera. Just try holding back a smile while watching a camera spit out a white piece of paper on which an image magically materializes.…

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Eastman Kodak Double-X (5222) – a Cinematic Black and White Film

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The word “cinematic” can be pretty vague. It’s one of those meaningless filler words that can be applied to anything and that tells you absolutely nothing about what you’re looking at. Oh look at this…

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Topcon RE Super 35mm Film SLR Camera Review – The Greatest Loser

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History, according to a popular truism, is written by the victors. And so it is in the world of cameras. Our victors? Nikon, Canon, Leica, etc. Info on those manufacturers still operating today is plentiful,…

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Six Months with the M2 and My Struggles with the Myth of Leica

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Author’s note: The Leica M2 is an interchangeable lens rangefinder introduced in 1957 by German optical powerhouse Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH. It is the successor to the famous Leica M3 used by Henri Cartier-Bresson, among…

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Konica Big Mini BM 201 – Point and Shoot Film Camera Review

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The hype train for point-and-shoots travels faster than a Japanese Shinkansen, and seems to change tracks more often than a hobo runnin’ from the law. Every few months, it seems, another point-and-shoot camera becomes the talk…

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Six Months with the Rolleiflex 2.8 D – Medium Format TLR Camera Review

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After reviewing vintage cameras for a while, you tend to become distrustful of any camera or lens with a legendary reputation. All of us here at CP have stories of disappointment with well-regarded cameras. It’s not…

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Five Best Affordable Rangefinder Cameras

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Rangefinders. The mere mention of this type of camera inspires visions of the erstwhile street shooter; a clandestine spirit who is here and not here, never participating but always observing. We imagine these shooters gripping their German…

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Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim Camera Review – The Widest Toy Camera Around

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[Author’s note: Many thanks to Nick Marshall for lending this camera to us for review. Check out his instant/toy camera photography here] The internet’s a strange place. Name it, and you can bet there’s an online…

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Kodak Brownie No. 2 Camera Review – Shooting a Hundred-Year-Old Film Camera

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[Author’s note: Many thanks to Nick Marshall for lending this camera to us for review. Check out his instant/toy camera photography here] It’s 2017, and most people don’t think of photography as any kind of…

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Olympus Infinity Stylus (Mju) – Point and Shoot Camera Review

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The Olympus Infinity (Mju) line is one of the most-hyped families of cameras in analog photography. Google the name and nearly every resultant post will gush about the entire range, with tall tales of a…

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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400 – Film Profile

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The world of photography gear is, to put it bluntly, confusing as hell, and it can be hard to know which lens, camera, and film, is right for you and your budget. It gets even…

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Nikon F6 – Camera Review

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Well, this is it. I shut the gold box for the last time and laid it into a bigger, blander box, a Priority Mail shipping label from Los Angeles to Boston its only decoration. I…

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Ilford HP5 Plus – Black and White Film Profile

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We all know a knockoff when we see it. Fake Rolexes, certain Russian motorcycles, and pretty much anything bought off of a street cart in Hong Kong, these poor quality imitators just can’t match their real…

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Pentax K1000 – Camera Review

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A plump, chunky camera stares at me from across the room. I avert my eyes and glance back at the computer screen, my stomach growing queasy with anxiety. Writing about this camera is proving tiresome,…

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