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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.

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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How I Improved My Photography in Five Simple Steps – Step One: Fail to get Pregnant

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I went from being someone who knows almost nothing about photography to being someone who knows a little bit about photography by following these five simple steps. This isn’t a roadmap for everyone, but it…

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This is the Best Camera Condition Description I’ve Ever Seen

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There’s a running gag among the CP staff writers, and if you’re a camera collector or anyone who has spent some time browsing eBay for vintage cameras you’ll likely get the joke. It centers around…

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Nikon FM2/T Camera Review – a Stronger and Lighter Nikon

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In 1993, Nikon released a special version of its most respected compact SLR. They wrapped the bones of the FM2n in titanium, called the camera the FM2/T, and decorated it with a price tag of…

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Five High Quality 35mm Rangefinders You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Leica too trendy for you? Sick of hearing about the Nikon SP? First, what’s wrong with you? And second, what’s wrong with me? Because I’m sick of them too! Looking for something to spark the…

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Announcing the CP Film of the Month Club – Support the Site, Get Film

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Today we’re launching our Film of the Month Club for CP readers and fans of film photography. Subscribers will receive a roll of film every month, plus access to an exclusive and focused CP Film and…

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