View Full Version : Difference between Shen-Hao cameras (CGJ 4x5-I and HZX 4x5 IIA)

Jason Crader
24-May-2002, 19:13

Besides $150 in price, what's the difference between the Shen-Hao CGJ 4x5-I and the Shen-Hao HZX 4x5 IIA? I'm interested in purchasing one of these two 4x5's b ut can't find out any information on how they differ.

And for one final question, will Fuji's Quickload film holder work with either o f the two Shen-Hao cameras mentioned above?

Thanks for your help in advance.

David Karp
24-May-2002, 19:17
This is not meant to be a "snippy" answer. The best person to answer this question is Jeff at Badger Graphics. He is the expert here in the U.S.

24-May-2002, 20:39
The CGJ has no rear raise, rear base tilt only, non-interchangeable bellows. Yes the QuickLoad, ReadyLoad, and Polariod holders will work on either camera.

Christian Olivet
24-May-2002, 23:27
I just bought a Shen-Hao HZX 4x5 from Badger Graphic. I am not sure of the differences between cameras but I know the HZX has more more movements. It will take Fuji's quickload as well as polaroid backs. When I opened the box and started checking the camera I was impressed with the woodwork and the finish on the teak. Very well done. I recommend it if you are on a budget and want to spend the money on lenses.

David Willis
25-May-2002, 00:36
Go to

http://www.ai.sri.com/~luong/photography/lf/cameras/shenhao/shenghao2. jpg

This is a scan of their brochure. Down on the bottom is a table comparing the two 4x5 models.

In short, the HZX model gives you 11mm more rear shift, the 40mm rear rise, and rear center tilt (+/- 10 degrees).

I think the Shen Hao is about the best bang-for-the-buck camera out there. It's not perfect, but it's not too bad.


Matthew Runde
25-May-2002, 01:24
The URL that Dave W. gave is correct, but an extra space crept into it. Hopefully, the following will be correct: http://www.ai.sri.com/~luong/photo graphy/lf/cameras/shenhao/shenghao2.jpg (http://www.ai.sri.com/~luong/photography/lf/cameras/shen hao/shenghao2.jpg).

Matthew Runde
25-May-2002, 01:34
Well, the one that you can see is incorrect (I thought that I fixed it. I must need more sugar.), but if you click on it you will be taken to the right page (I fixed that one!). So much for this newfangled Internet doo-hickey.

Thanks for the URL, Dave.

Jason Crader
25-May-2002, 08:20
Thanks to all who took the time to respond. I greatly appreciate it.