Bellows cost

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Bruce Osgood, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. Bruce Osgood

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    I'm considering making an offer on an 8X10 B&J camera that has an extension rail. It has been sitting in a box for 9 years and the owner can only say the bellows are supple and to the best of his knowledge light tight, or they were 9 years ago when he last used it.

    I would like to offer a bid assuming the bellows needs replacement. Does anybody have an idea what that cost might be?

    I looked at a couple of sites that replace bellows but before they can offer a price they need to know precise dimensions and I can't supply that.
     
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    Last year, it cost me 225 dollars plus shipping to have the bellows replaced on my 5x7 Agfa-Ansco.
     
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    I replaced mine about 1 1/2 years ago(half-plate camera) for $105.00, but the bellowsmaker has been problematic and I wold not recommend him in good conscience, although my bellows are fantastic.
     
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    I suspect it's going to be around $250-300 for a new 8x10" bellows from one of the main suppliers like CameraBellows UK (or whatever their current name is).
     
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    Found this online, can't vouch for them as I haven't done business with them, but the website looks professional:

    http://www.gortite.com/bellows/photography.html

    Gortite company. Don't know if they have stock bellows or not. Don't know what prices are like. If anyone does, please post here.

    Regards,
    Martin
     
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    In an exhausting and totally futile search to identify material for making my own bellows, I ran across these people--they are one of the VERY few custom bellows builders on the planet, but I've not personally bought anything from them.

    http://www.turnerbellows.com/bellows.html