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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.

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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Why Everyone Should Own a Film Camera

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In the same way that every self-respecting human should own a wristwatch, so too should everyone own a film camera. A watch tells people you’ve got places to be. A camera tells people you’ve got…

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Ferrania P30 Alpha Film Profile, plus we chat with FILM Ferrania US Director David Bias

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FILM Ferrania is a unique company with a unique product. The Italian cinema film maker reached their peak of influence in the mid-twentieth century, and their first new product since a 2014 resurrection is a…

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Relax with Eleven Minutes of Japanese Canon Commercials from the 1980s and ’90s

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Real world problems got you down? I feel you. What you need is to disconnect with eleven minutes of vintage, Japanese commercials from Canon. With everything from anthropomorphic rabbits to stop-motion animated spider-aliens with Canon…

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The Magic of Slide Projectors and Why You Should Own One

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Gleeful giggling, happy screams, and the thunderous reverberations of a three-year-old girl hopping up and down on hardwood flooring. These were the sounds that rang through my house the first time my daughter saw a…

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Featured Photophile No. 015 – Bob St. Cyr

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Featured Photophile, our recurring series showcasing talented photographers, is back with more photo inspiration for you. Today’s FP features some really incredible photos from a shooter named Bob St. Cyr. His landscape shooting shows a…

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Minoltina P Camera Review – A Mostly Forgotten Full Frame Compact from Minolta

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Editorial discretion at Casual Photophile dictates that we don’t write about every camera ever made, and the cameras that we do write about don’t necessarily need to be “the best.” Our only requirement of the…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 06 – Canon Edition

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We’re back with another installment of Desert Island Cameras, the recurring article in which we answer the question, “If you could only have one, which would it be?” In our quest to help you choose…

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