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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.

Pack Film Comeback – Everything You Need to Know About the Supersense Kickstarter

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A new Kickstarter from a familiar face in the instant film community hopes to resurrect the magic of peel-apart pack film. Supersense is an Austrian company led by Florian Kaps, the former founder of Impossible Project.…

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Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F/2.8 Aspherical Lens Review

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Leica has just revealed a cosmetic update to its digital mirrorless Leica CL, and this time, it’s silver. But I’ve already reviewed that camera. Can I really request a test camera based on a new…

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The Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9 is an Ultra Wide and Super Fast Point and Shoot Film Camera

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I spent five of ten vacation days shooting a Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9 point-and-shoot film camera. I also spent five of ten vacation days with flu-like symptoms. Surprisingly, the two experiences weren’t all that dissimilar.…

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Why the Zeiss ZX1 Has Got Me All Jazzed Up

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In my publicly visible role as a professional camera liker, people on the internet sometimes tell me I’m wrong about things. This happened just the other day when, in my excitement about an upcoming product…

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The Essentials – A Guide to the Best of Olympus Camera Systems

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Lusting after rare Nikons and Contaxes keeps me in occasional blinders. But every now and then, one of the writers here sends me a wakeup call. This happened the other day when Dustin, our resident…

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Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera Review

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The Agfa Ambi Silette is an odd duck. Here we have an all-metal, fully mechanical, interchangeable lens rangefinder camera with bright-line frame lines for three focal lengths, parallax correction, and a sophisticated leaf shutter. It’s…

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The Great Joys and Many Compromises of Shooting a Minox Spy Camera

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The Minox spy camera is a near-perfect analog to the romantic myth of the charming spy. The idea of this tiny film camera is one of sophistication and luxurious style. But like the fictitious spooks…

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Featured Photophile No. 018 – the Visual Diary of Hern Tan

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Hi there – please introduce yourself. Heyo, I’m Hern Tan. I’m nineteen years old, and hail from Singapore. Great honour to finally be on Casual Photophile! When did you start shooting? What’s your favorite camera,…

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Olympus Mju II Review – a Skeptical Look at a Cult Favorite

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A skeptic at heart, I’d been side-eying the Olympus Mju II for a long time. As prices for this tiny point-and-shoot camera from the 1990s continued to climb over the last few years, my incredulity…

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Rubinar 1000mm Mirror Lens Review

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In MotoGP, the world’s highest level of professional motorcycle racing, the bikes that riders ride are called liter bikes because their motors have an engine displacement of 1,000 cubic centimeters (cc). Since cubic centimeters are…

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Nikon SP Limited Edition 2005 Overview – Nikon’s Rangefinder Swan Song

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The Nikon SP Limited Edition from the year 2005 is a really special camera. All things considered, it may be the brand’s best film camera. It’s the most capable rangefinder that Nikon ever built, handcrafted with…

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Moshi Arcus Multifunctional Backpack – a Camera Bag Worth 1,000 Words

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The Moshi Arcus Multifunctional Backpack is pretty damn nice, and I say that as a guy who detests writing or talking about camera bags. Further proof that fate is unfailingly cruel, I get an email…

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Kodak Ultramax 400 Film Profile – Confessions of a Film Snob

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The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. When the CP crew and I chose our desert island film (the film that we’d each shoot for the rest of our lives if we…

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Leica M5 – 35mm Film Camera Review

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The Leica M5 is the most radical Leica M film camera ever made. Debuting in 1971, it deviated from the earlier M formula by introducing a totally new design aesthetic. It also brought functional and…

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