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James Tocchio

James Tocchio

James Tocchio is the founder of CP. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic cameras and the most advanced digital machines. In addition to his work on CP, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

Featured Photophile No. 017 – Carianne Older and Portraits on Film

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Featured Photophile, our recurring series showcasing talented photographers, is back with more photo inspiration for you. Today’s FP spotlights the rather incredible portraiture of Carianne Older. Her use of color, props, and lighting is really…

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Diving Deep with Nikonos – A Brief History of Nikon’s Underwater Cameras

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I watched with helpless horror as my camera fell, seemingly in slow-motion, fumbled from the uppermost point of a rough stone jetty. It tumbled and bounced from rock to rock on a plummeting course to…

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Carl Zeiss G Mount 28mm F/2.8 Biogon Lens Review – Another Impressive Contax G Lens

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For the right photographer, recommending the Carl Zeiss 28mm Biogon in G mount is about the easiest piece of consumer advice I’ve ever written. Do you like a wide field of view and own a…

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Kodak’s T-MAX P3200 High Speed Black & White Film Makes a Comeback

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Kodak Alaris recently surprised the film photo world when they announced their intention to resurrect T-MAX P3200, a high-sensitivity black-and-white film that had been discontinued in 2012. And now they’ve done it. P3200 is back,…

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Which Leica Rangefinder Should I Buy? CP Answers

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Every day, someone asks me which Leica rangefinder they should buy, and I think they expect me to come back with an easy answer; “Get an M-whatever.” But it’s not that simple. Instead, I ask…

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FUJIFILM to Discontinue Acros 100 Film in October 2018

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UPDATE : This report has now been officially confirmed by Fujifilm. Looks like murmurs out of Japan point to some troubling news for Fujifilm shooters (again). It seems that the brand will discontinue Acros 100…

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Featured Photophile No. 016 – Miguel Mercado

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Featured Photophile, our recurring series showcasing talented photographers, is back with more photo inspiration for you. Today’s FP features Miguel Mercado. We’re proud to have been one of the sites that helped Miguel connect with…

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Making the Most of Motion in Photographs – Photo Tips and Techniques

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Not all photos need to be crystal clear and clinically sharp. Shots that are technically imperfect often end up being the most engaging, since these bring with them a sense of energy and liveliness. But…

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Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera Review

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I’ve spent the past month shooting Leica’s newest mirrorless digital camera, and something very strange has happened. Leica’s CL has turned me into a real fan of Leica. Startling, I know, but it’s true; I…

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The Alpa 10D – Hand-Made Mechanical 35mm Film SLR from Switzerland

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I’ve been shooting an Alpa 10d for a year now, and every camera geek I’ve shown it to has asked the same question. “What’s that?” This is no great surprise. Today Alpa makes cameras that…

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Lomography’s Lomo’Instant Square is A Strong Choice for Instant Film Shooters

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Back in 2017, Lomography raised more than half a million dollars via Kickstarter to fund the production of their latest instant camera, the Lomo’Instant Square. Lomo promised the camera would be the first and only…

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These Failed Camera Designs Were (and still are) Pretty Terrible

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Reading the pages of CP, it would be easy to assume that every camera made before the digital age was a masterpiece of design and function. But that’s so, so wrong. Today we enjoy the…

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Nikon’s FM3a Isn’t a Perfect SLR, But It’s Pretty Damn Close

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I don’t think there is such thing as a perfect camera. Beyond the quirks of design that cause even the best of cameras to annoy, there’s personal preference to account. Some people like large cameras,…

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Rio De Janeiro on Film / Thoughts of a New Film Photographer with Alim Sheikh

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Today’s article comes from Alim Sheikh, a CP reader and a shooter who’s relatively new to film. He left his digital camera at home during a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, and here he…

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