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Pentax Spotmatic Camera Review – One of the Longest-Lived Mechanical Cameras Ever Made

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Volkswagen produced the Beetle in one form or another for more than six decades. Six decades of building one of the most simple, spartan family cars on the planet. And the Beetle outlasted every single…

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Pentax Super Takumar 50mm F/1.4 M42 Mount Lens Review

2000 1125 Chris Cushing

Eight elements. Eight. The original Zeiss Planars got by with just six, the Planar T* of the 1970s used seven. Minolta, Canon and Nikon all used seven elements in their fifties. Pentax themselves reverted to…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 05 – Pentax Edition with Ned Bunnell, Former President of Pentax U.S.

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Desert Island Cameras is back with another very special guest. Last time, we picked our one-and-only Leicas with Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter, and today we’re picking our favorite Pentaxes with former president of…

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Pentax 645 Camera Review – The Best Entry Level Medium Format Film Camera

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The desire to jump into medium format photography is usually accompanied by visions of Hasselblads, Rolleiflexes, and the Contax 645. And that’s understandable – the first has pedigree, the second has cool factor, and the…

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Documenting East Germany with Expired Film from 1990 – ExpireDDR by Jeb Inge

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[James here – This is the first post from one of our new writers, Jeb Inge. He’ll be producing our usual brand of content as well as stuff like this occasionally. Hope you like it.] When…

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Pentax LX Camera Review – The Best Professional 35mm SLR Around

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I’ve spent the past few months shooting an amazing and beautiful 35mm film SLR from Japan. This camera has it all – a complete system with detachable prisms, backs, winders, focusing screens, choice of attachable…

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We Pick Your First Film Camera For Under $50

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Recent articles by the likes of TIME magazine, BBC news, and others have announced to the masses what many of us have known for years – film photography is back. And you can bet that this…

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SMC Pentax M 40mm F/2.8 Pancake Lens Review

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Lilliputian. Svelte. Teensy and weensy, and of course, teensy-weensy. All words I’d never expect to write in a lens review, yet here we all are and I might as well get these silly synonyms for…

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Pentax K1000 – Camera Review

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A plump, chunky camera stares at me from across the room. I avert my eyes and glance back at the computer screen, my stomach growing queasy with anxiety. Writing about this camera is proving tiresome,…

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Pentax SV – Camera Review

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Life has a way of giving you exactly what you need when you least expect it to. So when I came across a Pentax SV for the first time, I knew life was throwing me…

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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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Casual Photophile Year in Review 2015

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The upcoming holidays herald the end of another year at CASUAL PHOTOPHILE, and 2015 has been our best year yet. In the last 365 days we’ve published a number of articles of which we’re quite proud,…

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Why Everyone Should Shoot a Wide Angle Lens

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One of the simplest ways to increase the dynamism and visual interest of our images is by using a wide-angle lens. By widening our angle of view, we’re able to capture shots of the world around us…

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Pentax – A SMC 35mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

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I’m back from a brief vacation and I’ve brought with me a treasure trove of material for my photophile friends! First on the docket is a review of a pretty rare and rather wonderful legacy lens from Pentax.…

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