Chamonix 045F-1 Review - On Landscape Magazine

23rd May 2013
In: Gear, News, Blog
Anyone interested in a detailed rundown of the Chamonix 045F-1 may want to have a read of the review I've written for the landscape photography web-magazine On Landscape.

Out with the Chamonix in March 2013, seen here with a 300mm f/8.5Fujinon lens

On Landscape is a largely subscription-only site run by Tim Parkin which has been going for a few years, and their paid content has really hit its stride over the last year or so, with quality articles from a range of authors. Issues are also available every fortnight compiled as PDFs so you can read them off-line and are ideally suited to reading tablets/iPads - in fact this is my preferred choice. If you haven't checked it out yet, now's your chance.

Rear asymmetric tilt in action

For anyone without a subscription, the main point of the review is that aside from a few minor niggles I think the 045F-1 pound-for-pound is the best 5x4" large format camera available at the moment for all round outdoors use. Its also the lightest camera available with asymmetric tilt, and the only one available new with only a three-figure price tag (well, four-figures in US dollars). You should get one.


Photo comment By Samuel West Hiser: Dave - Nice brief on the Chamonix. I'm curious, did you sell your RSW45 because of lack of movements?
Photo comment By Dave: Hi Sam - parting company with the RSW45 was more about needing to use longer lenses. Had I not got this particular itch I would have been quite happy with the RSW for a few years I think. The only movement I would add to it would have been rear rise, to avoid the rare occaision where using front drop and tilt with a compact 90mm lens I once or twice I would hit the camera bed with the Lee grad filter. Not a problem with a 90mm 5.6 as the lens sticks out front more, if that makes sense.

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