The Shen Hao is what I started on, and 4 years down the road it's still my only LF camera, and I still love using it. The Toho interested me when I was buying, but price was a huge factor for me, so the Shen Hao won easily in that regard. It also helped that Badger had a great intro kit with pretty much everything needed to start.

If I was buying now however, I'd more than likely go for the Chamonix for a similar price. I haven't used one, but the weight difference seems pretty significant and it just looks better made with better knobs etc. Still, the Shen Hao's still going strong for me, so it's not exactly made poorly. Basically the weight is the luring factor for me.