I'm new to this forum and a real LF newbie in the purest sense.
The only exposure that I've had with this format was back in the '70's in a photography class in Southern California. I now live in the Sacramento, CA area and have been considering a 4X5 camera. According to Ansel Adams book the "Camera," he recommends a monorail type design. However, these tend to be expensive, especially for a first camera. So, I've been looking at the Shen-Hao HZX 4X5-IIA. I believe my Berlebach wooden tripod would be a good support platform for this camera.

Does anyone know if any of the retailers of LF cameras would consider trading for something of equal value?

Anyway, would like hear feedback on Shen-hao or comparable cameras.