Just stumbled upon this old thread, and I am wondering about the Chamonix, and thinking about trying my hand with 4x5, purely for the enjoyment and learning experience.
Jack, do you still recommend the Chamonix for the features and price, or is there something better on the market now? I am also partial to the Tachihara and wondering what there is to recommend the Chamonix over the Tachihara. I understand that the Tachihara has a rigid back (?) and base tilt on the front, but is otherwise similar?
I also wonder which lens I should start with. I currently use my 35mm and 120mm Macro on my Contax 645, but the 35mm is sometimes too wide, so I wonder if 90+210mm wouldn't be good? What is are good but not too expensive lenses here? Can they also do macro and portrait duty, as well as normal sharp landscape duty, or do I need separate lenses for that?
Thanks for any tips.