Cannabalizing Polaroids for Bellows?

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  1. Nathan Smith

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    Has anyone here had experience in using the bellows off of an old Polaroid camera for repair of a 2x3 press camera?

    I have a B&J 2x3 that has see-through bellows, totally shot. As much as I'd like to try making my own bellows, I don't have time for many projects right now - would pulling the bellows off of an old Land camera work? I'm looking at the less desireable models like the 104, J66, etc.

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    I don't think it'll work. The rear is too big, the front is too small and I don't think it's long enough to be practical. I've saved these bellows from time to time, hoping to find some use for them. Haven't found it yet.
     
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    I have a couple of sets of bellows around here, that would work for 2x3 real good, if anyone is interested, just send me a PM, they can be yours for the cost of postage.

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    PM sent - thanks!

     
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    I can't say for sure it will work at all having not tried it myself, but it sounds as though you may have bellows from the 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 versions. Since my original post I've figured out that only the 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 bellows Polaroid cameras could work -- which limits you to the 80, 80A, 80B, and J33.

    Nathan