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Nikon FM3a Review – A Nearly Perfect SLR

2200 1238 James Tocchio

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

2200 1423 James Tocchio

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

2200 1238 James Tocchio

This isn’t an anti-digital imaging opinion piece. I love digital cameras. But I think that everyone should own and shoot a film camera in the same way that I think that everyone should own a…

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Canon FD 24-35mm f/3.5L – Earning the Red Ring

2200 1237 Chris Cushing

My preference for shooting vintage Canons can make reducing the weight of my camera bag a real struggle. My preferred camera, the F-1, tips the scales at 820g bare. The A-1, though substantially lighter, is…

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

2200 1238 James Tocchio

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

2542 1472 James Tocchio

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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Five Tips for Shooting Concerts on Film

2200 1418 Josh Solomon

As both a longtime gigging musician and film geek, I often end up slipping into the crowd during downtime to take some pictures. And over the years I’ve noticed more and more people doing the…

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Olympus 35 RD – Olympus’ Final 40mm Rangefinder

2200 1238 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

It was 1975 when Olympus made the call to launch their final Hail Mary in the competitive 40mm fixed-lens rangefinder game. Olympus engineers aimed to better the already well-received Olympus 35 SP and replace it…

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The Magic of Slide Projectors and Why You Should Own One

2200 1238 James Tocchio

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

2200 1653 James Tocchio

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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The Schneider Kreuznach 50mm f/2.8 Lens – Or Why I Love To Hate the Kodak Retina Ib

2200 1238 Chris Cushing

In the world of cameras and optics, few companies are as storied as Leica and Zeiss. Founded in 1846, Zeiss is one of the most enduring manufacturers of anything mechanical anywhere in the world. Leitz…

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

2200 1238 James Tocchio

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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Five Favorite Photos – Jeff Mermelstein

3000 1999 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

Street photography is profoundly weird. It’s a type of photography without a specific definition. It can be the antithesis of perfection. It can be unvarnished and raw. To become adept at street photography takes years…

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Minolta X-570 and the Maxxum 7000 – The End (and Beginning) of an Era

1940 1091 Jeb Inge

Minolta’s story is almost Shakespearean; filled with both beauty and tragedy. The company was one of the most innovative and groundbreaking in the photo industry. They consistently invented new technologies and implemented breakthrough features years…

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