The 45N-2, composed of wood and carbon fiber composite material, is designed to be both light and durable while retaining the aesthetics of hand craftsmanship.
This camera weighs only 1550 grams. The 45N-2 reflects Chamonix's
experience in building the 45N-1, which was replaced by the 45N-2 in 2011. Its graceful appearance is matched by the resilience of its carbon fiber components.
Less frequently used view camera movements are omitted to ensure the slimmest, lightest build possible. While not perfect for every task, the 45N-2 is readily portable and is easy to operate.
The design of the 45N-2 structure overcomes some limitations found in
most wooden view cameras. For example, the screw-focus mechanism and
stainless-steel focus track make the camera much more accurate and durable than traditional models. Moreover, the front standard can be detached so that, with the extension accessory, the bellows can be extended freely like a monorail view camera. This is especially useful for lenses of long focal length and outdoor macrophotography.
The 45N-2 is designed to be compatible with any lens board of the Linhof type. Chamonix also manufactures its own lens boards which are Linhof compatible. These are made not of aluminum alloy, but carbon fiber, which provides higher durability at only 2/3 of the weight. We suggest that Chamonix users choose carbon fiber boards with the 045N-2 to bring out its best in both performance and appearance.
The features of the 45N-2 which are major improvements over the 45N-1:
1) The middle bed sliding mechanism has been changed from sliding
track to ball bearing track and the focus adjusting rod has
been changed to smaller diameter stainless steel. This increases
rigidity of the camera and the
accuracy and ease of focusing. It has a nicer feel too.
2) Tracks have been added to rear group sliding mechanism to further
increase the accuracy and ease of focusing.
3) The swing of the rear standard has been re-designed to make the
swing easier to use.
5) The bellows locking tabs on the front standard have been improved
to avoid any rubbing of bellows when the camera is folded.
6) The Fresnel lens is now installed on top of ground glass to prevent
possible focus shift.
7) The 45N-2 is supplied with the universal bellows so that very
wide angle lenses having a short focal length can be used.
Please see below for the 45N-2 specifications and some images of the
new 45N-2 camera.