The modern design of the Chamonix 8x10 view camera aims to achieve a perfect balance between light weight and stability. This handmade camera, constructed of wood and carbon fiber composite material, has a special aesthetic finding widespread appeal among photographers.
The camera has a light weight of 4.3 kg. But because of the generous use of carbon fiber material, it is a very rigid camera. To keep its weight as low as possible, we have eliminated some infrequently used movements. It is not a perfect camera for all occasions, but, like others in the Chamonix line-up, it does have its unique charm and character.
Much of its light weight comes from its specially designed T-shaped base plate which has a complex structure like a bridge. This innovation came out of the Chamonix principle of light weight and high quality.
While use of carbon fiber gives the camera extreme rigidity, all wood parts are carefully selected and hand varnished and polished by experienced craftsmen using traditional techniques. Hand-crafted objects usually are the most beautiful, and the Chamonix 8x10 view camera's beauty comes from such craftsmanship. Only a few master craftsmen are qualified for the final steps of construction so that each camera is another example of the unique features of the Chamonix line of cameras.
The metal parts of the Chamonix 8x10 view camera are anodized aluminum with black finish. The wood choices are teak, and occasionally, black cherry.
The Chamonix 8x10 view camera uses a Sinar-type lens board.
After few years in production, Chamonix made a few changes found in the current--second generation--Chamonix 8x10 view cameras available today.
Here is a short list of the changes:
1. Unibody carbon fiber base board
2. Increased rear frame thickness by 5mm
3. Bail back-like mechanism for inserting film holders
4. Front rise and fall lock
5. Weight increased 1kg (2.2 pounds)
All other specifications remain the same.
Pictures of the second-generation Chamonix 8x10 view camera: