I've recently discovered I love Blonde, the gentle rubbing down, the smooth silky translucent look . . . . . .
Talking de-waxed shellac here the Blonde variety. In the past I've used normall shellac for French polishing but each light coat darkens the finish, this was an expensive "Blonde" but the results are well worth it.
I've not seen anyone else on the forums using french polish for wood & brass camera restoration but I feel it's well worth the effort.