Chamonix added a new model--the very popular 45F-1--to the Chamonix 4x5
camera family in early 2013. The most significant feature that distinguishes
the 45F-1 is is the added 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 quickly add adjustments without fumbling around.
The exterior design of 45F-1 camera is slightly different from 45N models as well. Viewed from the side, the rear standard has a wider bottom and narrow top. This new design of the standard helps to quickly see this additional control. The design also increases the rigidity of both front and rear standards.
The 45F-1 camera has its 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 45F-1 adds a few millimeters of thickness and about 20 grams weight to
the camera. This is a small price we have to pay for adding the important base
and asymmetrical tilts of the rear standard.
The dimensions of the 45F-1 when folded are 208x182x92 mm (approx.8.2x7.2x3.6 in). The 45F-1weighs 1550g (3.4 lb).