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Minolta XK – Camera Review

It was after climbing 2,000 feet above sea level, with several hundred more to hike, that I decided to hate Minolta’s XK. I stood hunched and panting over a tangle of evergreen roots attempting to relieve for the hundredth time the throttling grip of the camera strap that clawed the back of my sunburnt neck. I wiped the sweat out of my eyes with the back of an equally moist hand, squinted against the sun, and managed to catch a fleeting…

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Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 – Lens Review

I shoot a lot of old cameras, archaic machines that in some cases recall a time when the United States was comprised of only forty-eight such distinct territories, and it’s not unusual to find a lens of similar vintage mated to my Sony a7. So it goes without saying that much of my experience in photography comes with considerable compromise. A slower-than-useful maximum shutter speed, poor optical coatings, or cumbersome weight and size, for example. With one eye on the…

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Minolta M Rokkor 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

The end of a tiresome week found me weary, disheartened, and worn out. It also found me stuffed into a small, German sedan with my wife, our one-year-old daughter, and enough bags, totes, and rucksacks to brave it for three weeks in Patagonia. But we weren’t going to Patagonia. We were going to Chatham, a coastal town protruding like a ganglion cyst from the elbow of Cape Cod, to see eroding beaches and million-dollar homes and lighthouses and fog. And…

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Why I Choose the Minolta CLE Over Any Leica M

The best 35mm film cameras in the world are Leicas. This is a known fact, right? And the best of the best is surely the M series, yes? I mean, at this point in time the argument is essentially decided. If someone with no experience in photography were to dip their toe into the hobby in even the most superficial way, this unassailable opinion is so ubiquitously plastered across forums, websites, and social media, that it would take a true maverick…

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Minolta MD W. Rokkor-X 24mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Lens Review

I think that every photo geek should have a wide-angle lens in their bag. With a dedicated wide-angle prime we’re able to make images that are simply impossible to make with any other lens. For me, there’s no better way to add instant dynamism and visual interest to photography than by shooting the world through a wide bit of glass. Today we’ll be taking a look at one of the very best wide-angle legacy lenses. This lens offers a near-perfect blend of optical ability, build…

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Five Best Cameras for Photography Students

There’s a certain question that I get asked virtually every single day. People need to know what camera they should buy for their upcoming high school or college photography class. It’s a great question, and one that I’m always happy to answer, as it means that someone’s about to begin a process of discovery that often grows into a lifelong passion for the medium. After fielding this question three times today, I’ve put together a quick article showcasing what I believe are…

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Minolta XE-5 – Camera Review

I began my photographic journey with a Minolta DSLR, the rather fantastic-in-its-day Maxxum 5D, so when I felt the urge to try some film shooting more than a decade later, Minolta became my launching point. After careful research, I purchased the XE-7, and it turned out to be one of my favorite buys of all time. This camera was so special to me, in fact, that it’s entirely responsible for spawning the germ that would become CASUAL PHOTOPHILE. It was…

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The Best First Film Camera for Any Shooter

It’s one of the questions we’re asked most often here at CP, across our social media accounts, and through our online shop. Every day, new shooters and experienced digital photographers ask us to help them choose their first film camera. It’s not an easy task. Often we don’t know the shooter’s goals, experience level, or budget. What we do know, is that there’s a film camera out there for everyone. They just need to find it! With this in mind, we’ve put together…

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Minolta MD 50mm ƒ/1.4 – The Ultimate Standard Legacy Lens?

With the runaway success of today’s mirror-less digital cameras has come another photo gear boom. And while the products in question are neither new nor novel, they’re essential and seem almost tailor-made to the mirror-less machine. We’re talking about legacy lenses. With impressive performance and value, legacy lenses have become a real passion for more and more in-the-know shooters. And it’s easy to see why. Cameras like Sony’s A7 and Fujifilm’s X-Series have never looked better than when fitted with a classic,…

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