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Casual Photophile’s 2014 Year in Review

Casual Photophile 2014 Review

Eight months ago I launched Casual Photophile, and in that time the site has quickly become one of the most intellectually rewarding endeavors with which I’ve ever been involved. In this short time the site’s readership has grown at an astounding rate, and I’m thankful for every visitor. I’ve also been given the opportunity to play with an incredible number of cameras, met countless interesting and friendly people, and learned a lot about this hobby of ours.

I’d like to take a moment to thank every one of you who have visited the site. Additional thanks go out to all those friends I’ve met out in the field when shooting. And a special thanks to those who have reached out in the comments, on Facebook, Ello, or on Instagram. It means a lot to connect with friends from all over the world to discuss cameras and photography. This is, in fact, the entire purpose of the site. So thank you, to every one of you.

As 2014 winds down, I’ve put together a collection of posts from this past year. These are some of the site’s most popular posts, some of my personal favorites, and some that you may have missed.

Thanks again, have a great new year, and keep checking in to Casual Photophile for everything that’s to come in 2015.

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Petri F1.9 Color Corrected Super – Camera Review

Petri F1.9 Color Corrected Super

Ask a hundred photo-geeks to make a list of their favorite rangefinders and you’ll likely find ten pretty varied lists. Granted, we can assume that most will place the Germans at the top, the Japanese at the bottom, and there may be a few wacky Eastern Europeans thrown in for variety. Yes, photographers are seriously fickle beasts, and this is not a one-size-fits-all hobby. But even considering the typically eclectic tastes of photographers, I’d be willing to wager that none of them would mention the uncommon name Kuribayashi.

Then again, I could be wrong. It’s happened before. In any case, the machine I found myself holding a few weeks ago was proudly engraved with the names Kuribayashi and Petri, two names with which I was entirely unfamiliar. I started out with low expectations. After all, if it were any good wouldn’t I have heard of it? Reining in this sudden surge of pompous arrogance, I loaded a roll of film and started shooting. By the end of the day, Kuribayashi’s Petri F1.9 Color Corrected Super rangefinder had won me over. This relatively uncelebrated gem from a lesser-known Japanese manufacturer, while not perfect, has enough going for it to make it worthy of any photophile’s collection.

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