I am having a hard time making a choice between a Shen Hao or an Ebony purchase. I do not need a lot of movements, so the Ebony RW45 seems like a good fit for what I intend to be doing. But, the Shen Hao also seems to be an attractive camera with more movements than I would probably ever use in the field. This would be my second view camera, I am looking for something to take into the field and would be using lenses from 90 to 210 for mostly landscape work. I have an 8x10 that I use for studio, still life, etc. that has plenty of movements that these would not have.
So, would I be making a good decision if I went Shen Hao, and later upgraded to something like the Ebony? Or, should I just go with the Ebony?
Some of the issues would be-
Is the Ebony Universal bellows really better than the two Shen Hao bellows? (Regular and Bag)?
Does the type of wood and metal make much difference?
Is the feel of the controls different on the Ebony, enough to regret going with the Shen Hao if that was what I decided to do?
I can not get to a dealer to touch both of these before making a decision, so any input would be appreciated.