The modern design of Chamonix 8x10 aims to achieve a perfect balance between light weight and stability. This handmade camera using wood and carbon fiber composite has special aesthetic appealing to its users.
It has a light weight of 3900g. But to the generous use of carbon fiber, it is a very rigid camera. To keep its weight as light as possible, we have eliminated some rarely used functions. It is not a perfect camera for all occasions, but it does have its unique charm and character.
Much of its lightness comes from its T shaped and specially designed base plate which has a unique and complex structure like a bridge.
While use of carbon fiber gives the camera extreme rigidity, all wood parts are carefully selected and hand polished and painted by experienced craftsmen using traditional techniques. Hand crafted objects usually are the most beautiful. Only a handful of master craftsmen are qualified for the final procedures to keep each camera achieve a general unity with other cameras while not losing its uniqueness.
The metal part of Chamonix 8x10 camera is anodized aluminum with black finish. The wood choices are Canadian maple and teak.
Chamonix 8x10 camera uses Sinar lens board.
After few years in production, Chamonix made few changes to the new 8X10 camera.
Here is the summery of changes:
1. Unibody carbon fiber base board
2. Increase rear frame thickness by 5mm
3. Bail back like operation of inserting film holders
4. Front rise and fall lock