Jack Flesher has provided an excellent visual introduction to the Chamonix 4x5 from China at getdpi.com.
Mike (Thanks to Dirk)
ADDENDUM:Re view cameras in general, here's a more traditional model, a Deardorff 4x5, that sold quickly on eBay recently for the rather low price of $2,049 (the Chamonix above, which is indeed based on Dick Phillips' excellent ideas, costs something like $700). The baby Deardorff was most probably made in the 1940s but probably wasn't sold as an historical artifact or a curiosity; it's still a perfectly usable camera today, even purely as a working tool, not as an enthusiast's conceit. (Incidentally, I wasn't able to get permission to use this picture, so if it's yours and you'd like it taken down, please just let me know. Apparently eBay thinks I might be some kind of scoundrel for attempting to contact a seller once an auction is over. I'm not sure what mischief I could have in mind to make them think so, but there it is.)
Does Keats's line "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" spring to mind for you, too?
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Featured Comment by John MacKechnie: "Using a large format camera slows things down...and that can be a very good thing. It's like deep breathing. It's contemplative. It's about process, not pixels. Just being out with a large format makes you feel good, even if you expose only a few sheets of film. And large format cameras are pretty. A large format camera, tripod and kit is, well, it's large and heavy. You can go aerobic just carrying the thing from your car. In Philadelphia, Tsyoshi Ito of Project Basho carries a 7x17 camera around on public transportation to get to his shooting locations. He's like an urban frontiersman facing down the elements to discover something new and special. I recently bought a Zone VI 4x5 on Ebay. I haven't been this excited about making photographs since I bought a Canon TL in 1969."