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Five Slightly-Less-Famous Photographers You Should Know About

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You know those famous photographers everyone’s always squawking about? Bresson, Ansel Adams, Daidō Moriyama, uh… Eric Kim? Well this isn’t about them. They’re covered ad nauseam and we know you’re tired of hearing the same old.…

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Five Reasons Vintage Zoom Lenses Aren’t Terrible

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Few things in the vintage camera world are as universally reviled as old zoom lenses. They carry a reputation for being bulky, useless in low light, and criminally soft, especially when compared to legacy prime…

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Five Best Affordable Rangefinder Cameras

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Rangefinders. The mere mention of this type of camera inspires visions of the erstwhile street shooter; a clandestine spirit who is here and not here, never participating but always observing. We imagine these shooters gripping their German…

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5 Polaroid Cameras Worth Owning, Shooting, and Collecting

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Polaroid cameras are a dime a dozen, and utterly fantastic. But some are more fantastic than others. While I love the ubiquitous 600-series machines for their ease of use and their ability to pull me right…

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10 Holiday Gifts for Photo Geeks + Another Giveaway

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The holidays are almost here and you’ve got shopping to do, either for yourself or for another photo geek on your list. Not sure what to buy? Need some inspiration? We got you covered. Here…

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5 Reasons to Shoot Film When Traveling

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Got a trip coming up? Are you the kind of person who shoots both film and digital cameras? Then let me make a suggestion; the next time you’re traveling, leave the DSLR at home and only…

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Remember the ’90s – Camera Edition

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If it isn’t already apparent, James and I love old things, and when it comes to cameras, you can’t beat the classics. Cameras of the past were simpler to operate, more fun to shoot, and…

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Five Books Every Photo Geek Should Own

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Documentarian and filmmaker Werner Herzog once said, “If you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.” The same is true for any aspiring creator, whether we’re making movies, music, or photographs. The knowledge gleaned…

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Five Tips for Building a Full Film Camera Kit for Under $100

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We’ve all been there; spent too long staring at a famous photograph shot on film, handled a friend or relative’s classic camera a little too covetously, or suddenly recalled a camera from childhood that we…

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Five Cameras Used by Famous Photographers

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It’s no secret that we love our gear here at Casual Photophile. A quick glance through the archives is enough to illustrate our undying love for classic cameras, but while our addiction to the tools…

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5 Best Medium Format Cameras for Beginners

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It happens to the best of us. At some point in the photographic journey, every photo geek is going to run into a wall. Things get stale. You’ve been shooting the same subjects with the same…

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Five Best Cameras for Photography Students

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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…

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10 Holiday Gifts for Photo Geeks

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The holidays are here, and you’ve got a photographer on your shopping list. At the best of times, this can be a daunting task; camera enthusiasts are seriously picky about their gear. But this isn’t just any shopping…

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5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras – Part 2

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A while back, we published a rather popular list of some of our favorite point-and-shoot film cameras. We made it pretty clear that our list was just a small sampling of the amazing machines out there. Even…

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