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    Shen Hao/Linhof boards

    I am thinking of changing my camera from a Graphic to a Shen Hao, and I have a question about the lens boards. Are they flat on the back? Or do they have a lip or recess? I need to know because I will have to make an adapter board to my Kodak Master 8x10.
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    the shen hao boards are chinese copies of linhof lensboards.
    So they have a higher ring on the back around the hole.

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    Is that ring centered or off-set?
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    Slightly off centre, but you're best to get hold of one to match te adaptor to.

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    Ian, is this off center ring on generic boards as well? Or just the Linhof brand? Looking at Badger Graphic, they have Shen Hao brand boards with the hole both off center or centered. If the hole were centered, wouldn't it impact this ring on a Copal 3 hole?

    And does anyone know if the Shen Hao is meant to have the lens on a centered board or an off center board?
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    Which Shen? The bigger ones used to come with adapters to Sinar boards. For lenses in a 3 it can be better to mount it on the Sinar board.

    I use Nikon,Shen,no name and real Linhof boards. They all work.

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    I am looking at the 4x5 cameras.
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    The ring that forms the light trap is always off-center, but the hole may or may not be off-center, depending on the camera, intended use, and any issues having to do with the physical size of the lens. On a Linhof, for instance, the hole should generally be below center, but with a large rear cell or a large shutter, it may not fit the camera that way, so the hole may be positioned higher in such cases.
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    Greg, I have Linhof, Wista, Toyo & Chinese boards about 11 or 12, mine are all identical in fit, I checked them last year.

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    Ian, do you use them on a Linhof or a Shen Hao? I know the Linhof is designed to be used with the hole lower than center, but is the Shen Hao? This will determine which board I get. Knowing that there is a ring on the back to act as a baffle lets me design an adapter board that is easy to build, and I can either center the hole or not for that baffle depending on whether the lens is centered or not. The question remains, though, as to whether the Shen Hao cameras are designed to have the lens centered on the board in zero position, or slightly lower like the Linhof.
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