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James Tocchio

James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

Nikon L35AW Underwater Point and Shoot Camera Review

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We start this review with a megaton bombshell of investigative journalism. And then talk about Nikon’s L35AW, a wonderful waterproof point-and-shoot.

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Photo Challenge for July 2019 – Use Silhouettes

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Our Monthly Photo Challenge for July 2019 is to use silhouettes in your photography. We’ll tell you how, you go do it. Let’s see what you’ve got.

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Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros II is Coming – New Black-and-White Film in 2019

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Fujifilm Japan has just announced a new black-and-white film, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros II, and that it will be available in 35mm and 120 formats beginning in the fall of 2019 (the full press release…

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Making Film Soup with Elzi Boba – Featured Photophile No. 019

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I see a lot of photos in my role here at the site. I understand most of them. I can read the light and intuit some of the work that went into making them. But…

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Nikon Nikonos V Camera Review

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In April of 1984, Nikon released their final and most advanced manual-focus underwater camera, the Nikonos V. For nearly twenty years it would stand as the most successful underwater and all-weather camera that Nikon (or…

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Ricoh GR1v Film Camera Review

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Ricoh’s user manual describes the GR1v in the typically understated fashion used by many Japanese companies as an “Ultra Slim 135 Film Format AF Camera.” And it’s certainly all of that. It’s also gorgeous, solidly…

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Ilford Simplicity Black & White Film Developing Starter Pack Review

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I was recently given a relatively new product made by Ilford, a one-time-use black-and-white film development chemical kit called the Simplicity Starter Pack. This kit comes with all the chemicals a shooter will need to…

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The Contax TVS is the Best Contax Compact to Buy Right Now

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Popular opinion on the Contax TVS says that its sluggish aperture and softer zoom lens make it a third-rate camera. The choir sings that the TVS is the compact Contax that you buy, only if…

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What is Zone Focus, Plus How and When to Do It

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Zone focusing (sometimes called scale focusing) allows a photographer to know what will be in focus without even looking through the viewfinder. It’s an invaluable technique that’s often used in street and other types of…

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Shooting the Pontiac Super Lynx I – Camera Review

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The Pontiac Super Lynx I is one of the most beautiful 35mm film cameras I’ve yet seen. It’s also a rare camera. Finding one in excellent condition (and with the SOM Berthiot 50mm F/2.8 Flor…

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I Called the Contax T2 Overrated, This Reader Disagreed

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Every Friday, I end the workweek by posting an Ask Me Anything on the site’s Instagram stories. Through these AMAs, readers of the site and customers of the shop get a chance to yell at…

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Olympus Écru – Camera Review

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In 1991, Olympus released an unusual point-and-shoot film camera. They called it the Écru, a French word that, according to Google, means “raw” and according to my French friends means “off-white, not quite beige.” In…

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The Wirgin Edixa Reflex B is Everything I Love and Hate About Film Cameras

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I spent the past week shooting the Wirgin Edixa Reflex B, a West German-made SLR from the 1950s, and when I took it this weekend to a Boston film photographer meet, the reactions around it…

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Kodak Professional T-Max 100 Film Profile

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Kodak Professional T-Max 100 is my current favorite film. I’ve said the same in the past of Fujifilm’s Superia 1600 and Ferrania’s P30, two lovely emulsions that I love to shoot. But the former is…

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