bellows

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by martin_kapostas|1, Jan 12, 2001.

  1. Hello all,

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    Is here somebody who can help me with bellows? I just trying to prepare a self-made bellows. Can somebody help with some istructions, how to fold, what material, etc.

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    Thanx for your help,

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    Martin
     
  2. There was a great article in View Camera Magazine several years ago
    about making bellows. Maybe someone knows what issue.
     
  3. The View Camera issue is the Aug. '96 issue. It is available from View
    Camera for $7 plus shipping.
    Also, try this site - http://www.cyberbeach.net/~dbardell/bellows.html

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    Ed Romney sells a booklet "Bellows Making Text" for $15 , but I'd pass
    on it. I purchased it several months ago and it is of little help.
    Romney provides little detailed info, and most of his booklets are
    seriously out-of-date regarding materials and suppliers.

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    The View Camera article is the best resource I have come across.
    Simple step-by-step instructions. I have built 3 bellows so far, and
    have used a thin vinyl purchased at a local fabric store. For the
    inner liner, the best material to use is shutter curtain fabric. You
    can purchase the curtain material from Micro-Tools for $5 a sq. ft.
    It is very thin, and ultra light and works well. The added bonus is
    because it is light tight, you can use any appropriately flexible
    outer material.
     
  4. Try this webpage * www.cyberbeach.net/~dbardell/bellows.html * If I
    didn't get it copied correctly let me know. -Dave
     
  5. Try a book-binders supply house for the thin flexible materials you
    need. Buy some cheap vinyl to practise with, before you spend real
    money on red leather!<br>The folding takes a bit of practise, and it's
    almost impossible to describe the process in words. It took me about 6
    hours to make a simple compendium hood out of thin black cardboard.
     
  6. Martin
    Try this webpage. http://www.cyberbeach.net/~dbardell/
     

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