How do third-party bellows stack up?

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by jcc, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. jcc

    jcc Member

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    I heard a lot of positive reviews for Custom Bellows in the UK, but the 6-8 week wait is not going to cut for an upcoming trip. Does anyone have any experience with the (cheaper) bellows found on eBay? They seem okay from the ad photos. I know, you get what you pay for. But, if it's light-tight for a year or two, I'm perfectly fine with that. I need a new bellows for a Technikardan 45s. Any thoughts? Are there other alternatives?
     
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    This doesn't answer your question but...

    for last minute bellows repair, has anyone tried wrapping a garbage bag around it?
     
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    It's a crapshoot. Literally. You might get an excellent set of bellows, and you might get junk, and you might get something in-between. The only direct experience I have is installing an epay bellows on a Technika belonging to a friend; the replacement was about 14" in length, which is 2+ inches too short, yet they were so thick that the camera wouldn't close with them installed.
    YMMV.
     
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    I'd use the darkcloth.
     
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    New ones are only $800, but they're the real thing.
     
  6. Ian Grant

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    So are the ones from Custom bellows :D

    I'dpatch up the existing bellows and order a set from Custom bellows, they made me a bag bellows years ago and had the original drawings.

    Ian
     
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    I've had good luck with Rudy on EBay. I'd rather not buy from Hong Kong but I've had great service and pricing from him.
     
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    I ahd custom bellows do a linhof tech III bellows for me it only took a month and total with shipping ended up around $250 and they even installed it to the rear frame I sent them ! I've never been so happy