Half-frame view camera: I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, but Chamonix, the bespoke Chinese view-camera maker, makes a five-by-eight inch camera. Why? Well, because 5x7 film is getting scarce around the world. To get a sheet of 5x8 film, you merely cut a sheet of the more readily available 8x10 film in half. The Chamonix 5x8 starts at $1,850 and is available direct from the manufacturer.
More than one way to skin a cat*.
Because the format is even more oblong than the 3:2 ratio of 35mm or "full-frame," there is no vertical option on the camera—it's horizontal only.
Eye-Fi Pro: I've never used one of these, so don't take this as a personal endorsement (that goes for Chamonix cameras as well, actually), but it looks cool: it's an 8GB SD card with wi-fi that uploads geotagged images to your computer (or a sharing site) without having to be removed from the camera. A toy for the truly lazy, or a baby-step closer to cameras without cards? Don't ask me.
(thanks to Mike O'Donoghue)
*Which, if you stop to think for a second, is actually a really gross expression.
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Featured Comment by Ken Tanaka: "Talk about two 'news' items separated by a century! Before reading, I got the impression that someone had figured out how to rig that Chamonix to a WiFi card. Now that would be '2 Cool'!"
Featured Comment by Jiri Vasina: "I own and use Chamonix 5×8" camera for almost 2 years, although not the horizontal-only model as is pictured here, but a reversible-back one. It was slightly more expensive too.
"It's a wonderful camera, let's me use 5×8" film cut from 8×10". But with a very slight (and temporary) modification I may also use standard 5×7" / 13×18cm holders (and even half plate ones if I choose so)—with the film in that precise size I want.
"If someone wants to read more about this camera, you're welcome to read my impressions or see some of my photos captured with the camera (albeit with different formats, 5×8", 13×18cm and half plate)."