Huge Bellows

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  1. illumiquest

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    An aerial photographer I know is scrapping his copy camera and getting rid of a huge set of bellows. They measure about 4'x3' in the rear, 15"x15" in the front and probably stretch to 10 feet or so. If there's any interest in something like that let me know and I'll do my best to rescue them.
     
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    4x3 feet rear, 10 feet long? :confused:

    At that size, it more sounds like a potential rare museum piece... maybe contacting someone in that world might be more appropriate.

    I have only once seen something that big, and that was as part of an exhibition dedicated to a former Agfa camera collection displayed at the Antwerp Photo Museum in Belgium.

    Another option might be to contact the owner of this website:

    http://www.glennview.com/index.htm

    He seems to be trading in a lot of unusual (U)LF photographic equipment...
     
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    Bellows that size were common, there's thousands of old copy cameras being scrapped all around the world.

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    Do you have a link to a webpage with some images of such huge copy cameras? I'd be interested to see one.
     
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    I don't Marco, but I do have plenty of adverts for some the cameras in old BJP Almanacs, but the relevant copies are back in the UK or I'd copy some adverts for you.

    I used to see see various sizes of these graphics cameras in printing companies in the 70's and early 80's but the graphics industry switched to newer technologies.

    Similar cameras were used for plan copying, Kodak had a specialist division, so did Ilford just after WWII.

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    Try here Agfa Repromaster

    Or here.

    Even in the town I come from in the UK there were at least 12-15 repro cameras, most medium sized (still not small), but the two printers I used for Typesetting & printing had very large cameras as did two print bureau (graphic designers & plate makers).

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    I worked with a horizontal repro cam in college(1969)that had a larger bellows than that. They were as common as PBJ sandwichs. Every major newspaper in the country had one.
     
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    Very interesting, thanks for the info everyone, and to Giles for bringing this up. I do hope that beast of a repro camera, or at least the bellows, gets rescued.
     
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    Thanks, never knew this. This one is impressive:

    3103625085_311558573b.jpg

    "Newer technologies" being something like this possibly (copy stand with digital cam, picture from 2002), or large format scanners?

    Metis_booth2.jpg

     
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    I also had to laugh when I saw this picture. I know the dollar has lost much of its value, but that people now use them to fix pinholes in their bellows... :wink:

    1238404-lg.jpg
     
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