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Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Kevin Roach, Sep 20, 2005.
anyone know the dimensions of an mp4 bellows?
I have some I will measure later tonight, and PM you.
OK. the thing arrived! It cost me $22 plus $13 s/h
It's 4.5 inches square at the lens board. and 5.5 inches square at the back. Fully extended it is about 11 inches long. The bellows and standard are attached to a huge geared double shaft. It's mighty BIG.
I bought it just for the bellows. MUCH cheaper than a new bellows anyplace else. Now if I can find a camera that it will fit.
Here's a pic of the thing.
Camera? That looks like all the hard parts of an enlarger! All you need are a light head, negative carrier(s), lens boards, and a column with a means of adjusting height and locking it.
Alternately, it's a nearly-complete camera; lens board, Graflok or spring back adapter, and drill a tripod mount into the hefty cylindrical projection...
Lucky dog. I'm a lucky dog.
I found an old Korona field camera on ebay. The camera is in nice shape but with a crumbly bellows. It just happens that the mp-4 bellows is the exact right size for the korona. It's too short to use the extension rail but will do nicely until a longer bellows comes along. Ain't I a lucky dog?
The next problem is finding a 4x5 back to fit. The Korona has a 3x4 back right now but was originally made for 4x5 I believe.
This gives a new meaning to the MP (Multi Purpose) component, of the cameras name.
I once heard a quote attributed to Edison, it went something like this:
"to be an inventor you need two things. a little bit of imagination and a lot of junk."