Sunday, December 09, 2007

It's New. It's Cheap. It's Chinese. It's Not Digital.

Possibly as a reaction to the digital explosion (but more likely a result of cheaper labor) the Chinese have done it again. No, not painted more toys with lead paint, but introduced another low-priced view camera.

This one is known as the Chamonix 4x5. It is a lightweight folding camera made of hardwood, aluminum and carbon fiber composites. It weighs in at about four pounds without a lens and costs $700.

Check out the GetDPI forum for some more info.

The Chamonix joins the Shen-Hao view cameras in the low-enough priced that anyone can afford to buy a view camera category. And no matter what any photography snob tries to tell you, you can get just as amazing photos from a $700 view camera as you can from a $3,800 Ebony view camera. After all, a view camera is just a light-tight bellows with some movements. It's the lens that makes the camera, not the type of wood used.

1 comment:

Tim said...

Yes, well, I generally agree but I'm just into my second year of Shen Hao ownership and had the terrifying experience of the wood splitting right along the top where the catch is screwed in, when I hoinked it out of its baggie. Was thinking maybe linhof technikas, for all I disliked the one I had, might have their purposes too!