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Thread: Shen-Hao camera

  1. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoskinson
    I own a 4x5 Shen-Hao, bag bellows, 6X12 back, etc. and so far I am pleased!

    I am interested in buying an 8x10 Shen-Hao.

    Does anyone on this forum have any experience with USA importers?

    How about buying direct from Shanghai?
    Tom,
    You may benefit from checking with Sandy King. I believe that he recently told me that he was buying the 5X7 camera direct from the manufacturer. If you want his email address you can message me and I will get it for you. Good luck.

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    Thanks Donald, good suggestion. I have emailed you.
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    Maybe this should be another thread, but........... Does anyone have direct experience with a Bender? I found one thread with one guy who had a Bender, and actually liked it fairly well.

    I'm looking to make the jump from medium format to large format. As I understand it, monorail cameras do have advantages over field cameras, and the Bender looks as though it would be any easy monorail to carry around. OTOH, the Shen is a fine lookin' piece of gear.
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    Doug,

    The Bender is not a typical monorail. Monorails, with a very few exceptions, are hard to carry - at least a lot harder than a field camera. Trust me, I've tried it. If you do field work, you want a field camera. If you want a monorail, look for a decent used Sinar Norma. You should be able to get a nice one for about $400-500, and it is far more than twice the camera of the bender. In fact, it is a classic.

    Of course, for about $750 you could have a nice used Shen Hao (if you can find one) and a used Cambo 'rail for the studio.

    Steve

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    On the View Camera web site

    www.viewcamera.com

    in the Free Articles section there is an article

    4x5 Cameras Priced Less Than $1,200.00. This might be helpful to people.

    Regarding the Bender I have said that if you want to build a kit get one. I am not impressed with the finished product. For the same money there are better functioning cameras.

    There is another kit camera available from

    www.alettaphoto.com

    I have not seen one and the phone number in the contact info is not working but the owner does seem to respond to e-mails.

    steve simmons

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