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    Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    On my website, I have added my first impressions of a Chamonix 5×8" camera. There are some parameters and a lot of photos.

    The camera was ordered through Hugo Zhang, whom I thank help acquiring the camera (there are some issues with the holders to be solved yet, so I'll add my experiences after they are solved).

    To forum moderators: if you think the thread should be in a different forum part, move it there please.
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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    Thank you for a neat report, Jiri. You like blonds, don't you? I wonder how heavy lens can the extended bed withstand without serious bending. I am looking forward to seeing your lovely 5x(7|8) landscape pictures!

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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    Jiri, very nice write up and photos of the new camera. It looks like it could be a 8x10 (or 10x8) with a 5x8 back, do you know if that is the case? I agree that cutting 8x10 down to 5x8 allows you a large selection of film. In fact that is what lead me to move to a 7x11 format (as it is 11x14 cut in half). It is that every so slight pano format, without being full pano that I like. Congrtulations, as the post above mentioned, look forward to the results of the new camera.
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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    sparg, the heaviest lens I have is a Schneider Symmar 300mm f:5,6 convertible lens. It weights around 1kg, and even fully extended, it's very stable and rigid. I don't have any lens that would be heavier to try out.

    Mike, I think it's not the case (being a 8x10 with a reduction back for 5x8). The camera is only the 1inch larger than a standard 5x7 one. I think that it may accept a whole plate back (8,5×6,5"), though. If someone provides me with measurement of the opening in his/her whole plate back, I may measure if it will fit or not.

    I have already developed first 8 sheets of 13×18cm film, but it will take some time before I have a chance to scan them. My old Epson 3170 scanner scans only a 6cm strip of film and stitching is way too difficult (the two lamps in the transparent unit deliver non-uniform light and stitching almost always results in visible banding). I have to pay for the purchase of camera first, then I will upgrade my scanner.

    Btw. My brother-in-law will have a Shen-Hao FCL-57A and we will do a direct side-by-side comparison of the cameras, too... I'll post the results on my website in the following weeks.
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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    Is anyone aware about the possibility to get 8x5 E6 processed ? That could make it a rather interesting as a format!

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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    I process all my films in Jobo 2800 tanks. And I have processed BW, E-6 positives and also C-41 negatives, although so far in smaller sizes, it should be possible to process 5x8 with no problems. I see no problems processing E-6 this way (I have a Tetenal 3-bath E-6kit).
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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - update after 8 months

    Today, I have received the 45" reduction back for my Chamonix 58" camera. I've posted some photos of it on my website here - www.vasina.net/?p=711. I have also written some quick update on the impressions after 8 months of using it.

    With the 45" back, there is one issue I still have to solve - it's made from the dark hazelnut wood, instead of the light maple of the camera itself. I know that it's only an aesthetic issue, it doesn't impair the function of the back, but still it makes me very sad. I've sent a message concerning this to Hugo already, to find some solution with his help...
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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    Contact Edgar Praus at WWWDOT4PHOTOLABDOTCOM. He has 5X8 hangers and does some of the best work available.

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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by buze View Post
    Is anyone aware about the possibility to get 8x5 E6 processed ? That could make it a rather interesting as a format!
    jobo 3010 3005 drum

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    Re: Chamonix 58 camera - first impressions

    Nice camera and great report. I wonder what the weight comparison is to the 8x10? It looks to be about an inch smaller in the back in both directions than my 8x10 Chamonix. I also purchased a 4x10 back for my 8x10. It's a nice setup which I am pleased with. I do find that cutting down 8x10 film requires about a 1/16" sliver to be removed in the long direction for most film to fit easily into the Chamonix 4x10 holders.
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