Welcome to Chamonix View Camera!
We are a small workshop of eight experienced craftsmen and we are located in the city of Haining in Zhejiang Province, China.
The company was started in 2005 by a Chinese photographer and mountaineer.

Our mission is to design and build the lightest, the most rigid, and the most beautiful cameras for large format photographers. A Chamonix view camera is a  camera designed by a photographer for photographers.
There is an old Chinese saying: A journey of ten thousand miles starts with the first step. We took our first few steps with encouragement and support from photographers all over the world. We are humbled and are very grateful for that support. 

Now Chamonix View Camera builds 18 different models in formats ranging from 4x5 to 20x24.  One model is a camera whose format, 5x8, approximates the golden ratio.  And we also build cameras with unusual formats such as 6.5x8.5, 7x17, 8x20, and 12x20.  Chamonix makes beautiful film holders for all the formats that the company builds.

Important notice: The eBay store that sells Chamonix cameras is run by a local dealer in Beijing, China, who is not authorized by the Chamonix View Camera Company to sell its products overseas.
Thank you for your visit.


Update about wood Although some cameras shown in these pages are made of sapele,  North American sugar (hard) maple, and American walnut, now we only use teak and cherry.  We have deliberately limited the woods we use because we have stringent requirements of stability in the wood used to build a camera or film holder.  Both teak and cherry are woods of exceptional color, grain and stability.  Thus in this website you will see cameras that are made of woods that are no longer available; we show these cameras to show you the very high standard of fit and finish that are hallmarks of the Chamonix team's work.

Take a look!  Click on the links below to learn more about Chamonix View Cameras.

The 45N-2 is our most popular camera, and Michael Gordon gives you an excellent introduction to the construction and features of Chamonix View Cameras.     

                       45N series cameras intro by Michael E. Gordon

And many photographers using the wet plate process find Chamonix View Cameras to be ideally suited to their work.

Using the wet plate process in the Chamonix View Camera by Martin Sowter