In 2013 Chamonix added a new model–the very popular 45F-1–to the Chamonix 4x5 camera family. Now in 2017 Chamonix has introduced the 45F-2 which replaces the 45F-1.
The 45F-2 retains the innovations of the 45F-1, but now has an improved front standard having two knobs instead of a single knob on each side so that the photographer can separately control the rise/fall and the tilt movements.
The 45F-2 retains the key feature of the 45F-1: the base and asymmetrical tilts of the rear standard. This feature makes the camera much easier to use when applying the Scheimpflug principle in compositions involving landscape and
The base and asymmetrical tilts of the rear standard are controlled by a single knob on the standard. It remains locked when not in use and when it is needed it can be unlocked with a simple twist of the fingers. This knob has a special pale gray coating to differentiate it from other knobs, making it easy to find and quickly add adjustments.
The design of 45F-2 camera retains the improvements of the 45F-1, such as the wider base and narrow top of the rear standard. This profile makes the control of the base and asymmetrical tilts highly visible. The design also increases the rigidity of the standard.
The 45F-2 camera has a special ground glass with four dotted lines. No matter which way the ground glass faces–in landscape or portrait orientation–an object placed on the dotted line on the ground glass will stay in focus as rear tilt is applied.
The dimensions of the 45F-2 when folded are 208 x 182 x 92 mm (approx.8.2 x 7.2 x 3.6 in). The 45F-2 weighs 1600 g (3.52 lb).
The 45F-2 comes in black finished metal and currently we have them in teak wood. The camera comes with a universal bellows in either black or red.
Pictures of the 45F-2 are below the pictures of the superseded 45F-1. The 45F-1 pictures show the color and grain of the teak used in the 45F-2.