The Shanghai Shenhao Professional Camera Co. was indeed at PMA and had their HZX 45 field camera on display. The guy seemed a bit surprised when I asked to see it and proceeded to put it through its paces. The HZX45 had quite a bit of move ment. It put my Toyo 45A to shame. It did some things that my Toyo won't, like back rise, and back axis and base tilts. The brochure also shows a GJ45, which appears to be a simplified HZX45 - it does not appear to have rise or axis tilt on the back. They also have an 8x10 CG810.
Everything seemed to be built OK, but, of course, I didn't get to really try to take pictures with it. I'm afraid that I'm not the best person to judge workman ship, as before PMA, the only LF camera I'd ever seen was my Toyo when it arrive d in the mail. (Those of you who can actually walk into store to see and try an LF camera should count your blessings. The BIG photo store in the state of Flo rida has the only LF camera on a shelf that I know of - another Toyo 45A - altho ugh PMA wasn't an LF show, I saw more LF cameras there than I ever have in my li fe.)
I have the slick brochure and am going to scan it. The print is pretty small, s o I need to scan it at a rather high resolution, so it will be a big file. My g eocities site is packed and I don't think it will take it. Anyone want to host it?
Another thing of interest in the brochure. Seagull has two LF lenses - a 150mm/ 5.6 and a 180mm/5.6. They might prove to be an economical alternative to other choices.
The compendium hood looks remarkably like that for the Toyo 45A.
I'll post again when I have the scan done.
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