Chamonix 5x7 ???

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  1. herb

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    I am using my rather elderly Arca 5x7, and have a Canham wood 5x7 which I don't use much, was thinking maybe the Chinese guy would be making 5x7s at some point.

    How does one contact this dude?
     
  2. Hugo Zhang

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    PM sent.
     
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    herb, Hugo is a GREAT guy!

    That is all :smile:

    Jason
     
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    Hah-- Jason, wait until you get that Chamonix, you will double your praise.

    They are both delightful to work with, Hugo and Chamonix. I also wish that they had a 5x7!

    JT
     
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    Man, don't rub it in JT! I don't think I can wait until late July!
     
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    Chamonix just lost my respect

    Hugo may be a pleasure to work with, but Tiejun is not. I have been getting mixed answers to an _bay question I asked back in May. I have been looking for a 5x7 camera with an International back for a project I am working on. I like the specs on the Chamonix, although I haven't seen one (only pictures on the web).

    I asked a question about the 5x8 camera they are selling now. I asked why 5x8 and not 5x7 that will accept 5x7 accessories. I got a reasonable answer stating that 8x10 film is easier to purchase and cut than 5x7 film in China, but that they had made a run of 5x7 cameras. He said they had one left, and would send details.

    After waiting over 6 weeks for details, I inquired again about the 5x7. Tiejun's response was that they have not yet designed the 5x7, and had no information.

    In the 6 weeks, I could have aquired one of several 5x7 cameras of known quality for less than the 5x8s are selling from Chamonix.

    I lose respect when someone is that deceptive.

    I am looking elsewhere for a 5x7 camera. I just deleted all Chamonix information from my files.
     
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    Why not consider a Canham - about the same price as a Chamonix 5x8, but made in the USA - with good service.
     
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    My understanding is that the sales on eBay are unauthorized by Chamonix. They have no connection to Chamonix, other than buying and reselling stock--and Chamonix is unhappy about it, but there's nothing they can do. Hugo works closely with the Chamonix and has been very easy to work with and completely reliable. He'll also offers better deals than the guy on eBay and knows exactly what's in stock and the production schedule. So, Chamonix, a company that makes superb cameras and their official agent, Hugo Zhang, shouldn't be confused with eBay resellers. I hope you find your 5x7, but do yourself a favor and contact Hugo if you want accurate information on the Chamonix.
     
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    I'll keep an open mind - to a point.

    After reading that Tiejun may not be a proper representative for Chamonix, I have attempted to send a personal message to Hugo for correct information. His mailbox is full, and he did not receive the mesage. I will try to find out more, and reserve judgement until I hear from Hugo.

    After reading all the posts in various forums, the impression is that _bay is the only outlet for Chamonix. If that is not the case, I would rather deal directly with the company. There doesn't appear to be a website, which would make things much easier to understand.

    Hugo, if you read this, please contact me regarding the availability of 5x7 cameras.

    Thank you all.

    Steve
     
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    Hey Steve,

    Not sure if you have his e-mail address or not, but here it is anyways:

    hugoz_2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

    As Barry mentioned, it is to my understanding that Hugo is the authorized US dealer.

    Best of luck,

    Jason
     
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    I have bought my Chamonix 5x8 back in February 08 through Hugo and am still very pleased :smile: . I was pleased in dealing with him, I am pleased with the camera.

    In case, you may have a look at

    www.vasina.net/?page_id=94
     
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    Jiri, you have wonderful work on your website!

    Jason
     
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    Oh, thank you Jason.
     
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    This is the first glimpse of a prototype Chamonix 57N-1 horizontal only camera. It came out last night. The cameras will be ready in about two months. The 5x7 cameras with reversible back will follow shortly.

    http://forum.xitek.com/showthread.php?threadid=532668
     
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    Is there a price on the 5x7?
     
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    Not yet. I will know in two weeks.
     
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    Oh, I am so doomed -- my better half is going to shoot me if I buy one of these 5x7s.

    I think some moonlighting is in order...

    JT
     
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    I have added some words on the camera Chamonix 5×8" to my website after using it for almost 8 months.

    Here are the links:
    www.vasina.net/?p=94 for the first part
    www.vasina.net/?p=711 for the update after 8 months, and also first impressions of the 4×5" reduction back.
     
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    I can't understand the confusion over Chamonix cameras, the information is clearly stated right here. :D
     
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    Sorry - but you've been misinformed. As Barry S mentions in his post, the eBay site is not an authorized Chamonix dealer.

    I belive you have Hugo's email address and someone has provided the web address for Chamonix, if not, here it is again: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com

    Hugo Zhang's email: hugoz_2000@yahoo.com

    The vast majority of us Chamonix owners have nothing but praise for this company as well as our correspondences and dealings with Hugo. Hugo has always been responsive.

    Remember, Chamonix is a very small company. They're doing the best they can to respond to the demand for their cameras.