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    Quote Originally Posted by mfratt View Post
    But before this thread gets too off track, can anyone speak to the quality of the Chamonix against a pricier camera? I do like the Lotus a lot from what I see, buts its also $3000...
    As a Chamonix 45n-2 owner. I think its an excellent camera and provides tremendous value for the price. I took a workshop with a LF photographer that uses Ebony cameras exclusively and he was quite impressed with my Cham.

    Michael Gordon: http://www.michael-gordon.com uses the Chamonix as well.

    I may be biased since I own the camera but I don't see the advantage of paying $3K for a camera that doesn't give you that much more.

    I would upload some pics from my workshop but they are HUGE! over 28MB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    I found that I do not have to put the 4x5 Graflex Model D up high on a tripod. Waist level works well. Raising a camera high for distant landscapes is like asking someone at the Grand Canyon to step back a little more so they will be in focus!...
    You are correct. I rarely do "distance landscapes" so my opinion was biased towards my intimate landscapes in the redwoods. At waist level, I would just get a lot of images of sword ferns! My lens is usually about 6 feet above the ground.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilmsmaggie View Post
    As a Chamonix 45n-2 owner. I think its an excellent camera and provides tremendous value for the price. I took a workshop with a LF photographer that uses Ebony cameras exclusively and he was quite impressed with my Cham.

    Michael Gordon: http://www.michael-gordon.com uses the Chamonix as well.

    I may be biased since I own the camera but I don't see the advantage of paying $3K for a camera that doesn't give you that much more.

    I would upload some pics from my workshop but they are HUGE! over 28MB.
    I will chime in with my $0.02 worth here. I have been really impressed with my "first run" Chamonix 045N-2 (in teak), bought April of this year. It has its faults, but quality of construction of my copy is not one of them. I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I had a "tripod accident" with my Chammy that sent the camera crashing into a metal railing and from there to a concrete sidewalk. I expected bent metal and splinters, but damage was limited to a few "dents" in the wood on the corner of the ground-glass holder. The impact knocked everything (and I do mean everything) a bit akimbo, but the important thing was that the lens board stayed in place, none of the hardware was bent, and none of the joinery failed. I re-zero'ed the camera and continued shooting.

    That being said, I would remind any purchaser of a Chamonix, Shen Hao, or similar camera that standards and sources for materials may change between production runs and that a careful inspection of the camera on delivery is important.


    Steve

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    I switched from a monorail to a 4x5 Shen Hao (wood.) I really like it. It does what I need it to do. I went with a wood one because it's so beautiful. It's a piece of art itself. To me, the aesthetics of the camera are very important. I sometimes use it on a wooden Berlebach tripod, but mostly on my Gitzzo 1325 carbon fiber. It looks great on both.


    Kent in SD

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfratt View Post
    What would you folk say about a Graflex camera for someone looking for an all-around field camera which adds the ability to be handheld?
    I'd go for a Super Speed Graphic most definately since they have plenty of movements for "field" stuff & are usually a lot cheaper than a Technika. For pure handheld work, a top RF Crown would be my choice.

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