About 17 days ago, I took the plunge and decided to order my first large format camera having sold the majority of my medium format equipment to fund it. It's not very often I purchase anything without first having a close look at it but to be fair, we don't have much choice these days when it comes to large format cameras. Having spent about 2 months researching, asking questions, I decided to opt for the Chamonix 045N-2. Apart from 2 small niggles I could see from the reviews and talking to other users, I still pulled the trigger on it. From placing the initial order to it arriving on my door step took 17 days but according to the delivery company, there has been a huge backlog in the China export depot which may have contributed to the time delay. The EMS tracking data worked flawlessly right from it been dispatched from the factory to it landing on my door step this morning. I have to admit, after 10 days of waiting, I was getting a little anxious so I emailed Hugo the person dealing with my order, his response it virtually instant and very professional. Its early days yet as I haven't even put a sheet of film through it but so far, my first impressions are very very good. The craftsmanship in the materials used and construction is very nice indeed right down to the perfect dove-tail joints in the teak wood body.