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Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon is a freelance writer and touring bassist living in Los Angeles. He has an affinity for all things analog. When not onstage, you can find him roaming around Southern California shooting film and humming a tune.

Which Contax T Series Camera Should You Buy?

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In 1984, Zeiss’ Contax brand partnered with Yashica to make the Contax T cameras, a series of luxury compact cameras aimed at moneyed enthusiasts. The cameras were small jewels of photographic design and technology, and…

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The Sweetest Taboo – The Unlikely Story of Leitz Minolta

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The 1970s were a great time for camera geeks. The decade brought us the apex of professional mechanical 35mm SLRs in the Nikon F2, and the beginning of the amateur 35mm SLR segment as we…

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Five Favorite Photos – Elliot Erwitt

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It’s hard to really pay attention these days. The times we live in are loud, distracting, and complicated, and I continually find myself trying to find new ways to refocus and keep things simple. It follows…

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Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H Film Profile

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I’m going to talk about Fujifilm’s Fujicolor Pro 400H, Fuji’s pro-level color negative film. I really am. But I’ve got to get something off my chest first. I really don’t like being the “get off…

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Nikon Nikkor 55mm F/1.2 Lens Review – The Fast and the Spurious

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After shooting the Nikon Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 fast prime for the past month, I’m reminded of my old, high school jazz instructor. He would always tell our band, ”Speed isn’t everything.” Our problem was that…

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Nikon F2 Camera Review – Nikon’s Pro SLR Evolves

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From its inception, the Nikon F2 has enjoyed a reputation rivaled by few and envied by many. The camera was designed to be nothing less than the perfect expression of the professional 35mm mechanical SLR…

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A Quick Guide to Kodak Film and When to Shoot Each One

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Readers of the site often ask us for film recommendations, so we thought it would be helpful to publish a quick guide to each brand’s film stocks. Keep in mind that these are only brief…

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Kodak Funsaver Disposable Camera Review – Cheap is Good

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The disposable camera is the ultimate tool for casual photography. It’s made for non-photographers, vacationers, first-time film shooters, and even experienced shooters looking to simplify their kit. But what’s really remarkable about the disposable camera…

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Five Favorite Photos – Willy Ronis

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When describing photojournalism, the words “joyful” and “lovely” don’t often come to mind. Most photojournalistic fare depicts human suffering, and the images are often more provocative than they are beautiful. Even the more poetic works…

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Helios 44M 58mm F/2 Lens Review – Another Round of Russian Roulette

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Our frequent coverage of lenses and cameras from the former Soviet Union might make us seem like ardent fans of the subgenre, but I can assure you it’s not the case (true at least for…

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Reliving Polaroid’s Glory Days with the Polaroid Sun 660

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Growing up, there was one object in the house I coveted more than anything else – the Polaroid 600 sitting on the top shelf of our housemates’ dresser. On occasion I’d see it being passed…

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Gold Collector Cameras

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There’s a famous scene in This Is Spinal Tap in which the guitarist of Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel, shows off his guitar collection. He finally comes to the crown jewel, a Sea Foam Green Fender…

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Industar 61 L/D 55mm F/2.8 Soviet Rangefinder Lens Review

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Writing for a photography website comes with some interesting side-effects. Aside from getting to shoot and own some of film photography’s greatest machines, you also end up with a few that leave you scratching your…

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Five Favorite Photos – W. Eugene Smith, Master of the Photo Essay

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To pick only five photos from any distinguished photographer’s catalog is difficult most days. Today, in particular, it’s outright impossible. That’s because today’s subject is none other than the master of the photo essay, W.…

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