The Whole Plate (WP) format--6.5x8.5 inches--has a long history and enjoys special affection among photographers using platinum and other alternative processes.
Chamonix WP cameras are primarily designed to meet the need of such photographers for a light-weight modern camera. The cameras are made with teak (or black cherry) and lightweight, high-density carbon fiber. The latter is mainly used for the camera base plates to ensure the stability and rigidity of the cameras.
Chamonix WP cameras are handmade following very strict procedures. All wood parts are hand varnished and polished. Each coat is applied to the wood and allowed to dry naturally before another coat is applied. This procedure is repeated 12 times and takes 90 days from start to finish. The result is worth the time; when finished, a Chamonix view camera glows.
The metal parts of the Chamonix WP camera are anodized aluminum with a black finish. The wood choices are teak, and occasionally North American black cherry, a wood used in high-quality furniture and furnishings. There is a slight difference in weight of the camera due to the wood used for the camera. You can choose the kind of wood that you want for your camera. Note that the front standard takes Sinar-type lens board.
|6.5x8.5 SPECIFICATIONS |
Film Holders (See 'ACCESSORIES' page.)
|Bellows||Maximum || 600 mm|
|Minimum|| 100 mm|
| Movements|| Front||Rise: 45 mm|
|Fall: 45 mm|
|Tilt: limited by bellows|
|shift: 50 mm to each side|
|swing: limited by bellows|
| Rear||shift: none|
|swing: 7 degree to each side|
|Tilt: 10 degree backwards, forwards limited by bellows|
| Weight|| teak: 4.3 kg |
cherry: 4.3 kg
Current price list, subject to change without notice.
Whole Plate Camera: $2,740
International EMS shipping: $150