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    New (to me) Chamonix 045N-2

    Hello everybody.
    Made an order for this camera.
    Any pointers I should be looking out for? Quirks or future upgrades?
    Or in general, user experience?

    Thank you all
    Danny

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    Re: New (to me) Chamonix 045N-2

    I only got one a month or two ago as my first large format camera and I love it. Obviously no other LF cameras to compare to but I have other new and old cameras as a baseline. I really love how it looks, it feels extremely solid and functions perfectly. I don't find mounting the front standard every time I unpack it that annoying, the little latches to unlock front tilt can be a little fiddly when trying to operate them while under the dark cloth. I also think that the fresnel screen over the ground glass makes critical focus a bit hard at times but that's probably the same for every camera that uses one.

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    Tim Sandstrom
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    Re: New (to me) Chamonix 045N-2

    My favorite 4x5, have many cameras, the only issue I had was getting the front standard 'square',
    so I had a small piece piece of aluminium machined, but frankly, even a credit card will do...
    enjoy the rig, the problems are mostly, as they say, "behind the camera"

    -Tim

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    Re: New (to me) Chamonix 045N-2

    Quote Originally Posted by dasBlute View Post
    My favorite 4x5, have many cameras, the only issue I had was getting the front standard 'square',
    so I had a small piece piece of aluminium machined, but frankly, even a credit card will do...
    enjoy the rig, the problems are mostly, as they say, "behind the camera"

    -Tim
    Hey Tim we met at Pirisima creek large format get together couple of years ago. You showed me that alignment piece, very cool.


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    Re: New (to me) Chamonix 045N-2

    Well, I have a 45N-2, love it, but you have to practice with ANY camera. With practice I pretty quickly learned where to place the front standard, but when I first got the camera, I didn't get it right--took 2 or 3 tries to find the right place for the front standard. Slow learner. I appreciate the light weight and the design considerations that were solved to achieve that weight.
    Peter Collins

    On the intent of the First Amendment: The press was to serve the governed, not the governors --Opinion, Hugo Black, Judge, Supreme Court, 1971 re the "Pentagon Papers."

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    Re: New (to me) Chamonix 045N-2

    Thank you for the hints.
    Tim would it be possible for you to post a picture of that help device?
    Im a mechanical engineer, so learning is not a problem. Actualy Im building a 8x10 based on the 45N-2 and F2. Currently have the bearing slides on order and base plate is beeing machined.

    Danny

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    Re: New (to me) Chamonix 045N-2

    What's the difference between the N2 and the F2?

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