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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.

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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My Photographic New Year’s Resolution – What’s Yours?

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Today I woke up being kicked in the head. I did not get drunk last night on New Year’s Eve, and the foot that woke me with a kick is not a colorfully worded metaphor…

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Leica? More like Lies! Lies…ca? Or Something?

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When Ernst Leitz GmbH invented the M system in 1954, they named their first M camera the Leica M3 for a very good reason. The name M3 signaled to the unwashed masses that the camera…

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2018 in Reviews – Every Camera We Shot This Year

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2018 has been a great year for the site. My amazing team of writers and I have worked hard to put out worthwhile camera culture content, and in the past twelve months more than two…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 08 – Medium Format Edition

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I’d forgive you if you’re not familiar with our Desert Island Cameras feature. It’s been exactly six months since the last installment, after all. Blame the editor. Now let’s get you up to speed. Our Desert Island…

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Leica CL Review – the Smallest M-Mount Rangefinder Defies Comparison

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The great thing about the Leica CL, when new, was that it shed the trappings of the brand whose name it wore. It wasn’t trying to be a Leica M. It was its own thing,…

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