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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Two non-folding models, 250mm and 350mm maximum bellows draw. With handles, at last!

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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Oh Jesus that looks great. I thought my 045F1 would be the last field camera I would need to buy, but I really will have to get one of these as I like the non-folding design having used an Ebony RSW45 in the past. Seems to address the only real issue with the 045F1, which is easily maintaining proper parallelism with wide lenses. I wonder if that front swing mechanism has a zero detent?

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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Right on time. I bet Chamonix designed (or actually just copied) and finished this model for quite awhile but only release it after Ebony's retiring announcement
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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    ...With handles, at last!
    And, if the knob-on-each-side configuration is a functional as well as visual copy, maybe even focus lock.

    Quote Originally Posted by dave_whatever View Post
    ...I wonder if that front swing mechanism has a zero detent?
    Unlikely. Even Ebony relied on tactile/visual alignment for swing zeroing.

    EDIT: Wrong. I almost never use swing, front or rear. This erroneous comment was based on recalling how the rear swing is centered on my SV57 and SV Wholeplate. Checking them now, I find that their rear standards do rely on tactile/visual alignment for swing zeroing, but their fronts indeed have swing zero detents.

    Quote Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
    ...I bet Chamonix designed (or actually just copied) and finished this model for quite awhile but only release it after Ebony's retiring announcement
    Seems unlikely that they waited. Most probably just coincidence.
    Last edited by Sal Santamaura; 23-May-2016 at 09:10. Reason: Ebony swing information correction

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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal Santamaura View Post
    Even Ebony relied on tactile/visual alignment for swing zeroing.
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    Really? I had a Shen Hao TFC which was a poorer quality copy of the SW45 and the front swing on that had a detent, which I assumed was a direct copy of the Ebony mechanism. You wouldn't think Ebony would have done a specialist wide camera with no swing detent, wouldn't make sense.

    Is it me or on the new Chamonix model website it says they have no rear shift, but they both seem to have a rear shift scale, implying they do.

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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Just now seeing this. I'm also interested to know if the swings (and tilts) are detented at zero position. One of the only gripes I have with my 45n1 is it's hard to get things parallel with the widest lenses. I've been tempted by some of the newer models when they come up for sale used but this model would seem to be a good companion to my N1. Interested to see how it pans out once folks get their hands on it. Can't buy one anytime soon myself.
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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    I emailed the question to Hugo and apparently the H models have detents on both swing and tilt, front and rear.

    Looking at the design, at least on the front, swing should be easier/faster to square up even without a detent compared with the N/F models because you can line the standard up with the focusing block it sits on by feel, rather than having to do it visually with the little white dots.

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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Nice! I think an H is on my wishlist now.
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    Re: New Chamonix H models

    Nice. Hope they make an 8x10 version.

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