WTB: 6x6 Replacement Bellows

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  1. Fragomeni

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a set of 6x6 replacement bellows. I'm working on a project which requires a set of bellows like what would come on a common set of macro bellows for 35mm but slightly larger (basically the size of medium format macro bellows). I've looked at a few options such as replacement bellows for Hasselblad Arc Body and Flexbody cameras, bellows from a Pentax 67 macro bellows, bellows from Mamiya auto bellows etc. The problem is everything I can think of comes from an expensive source. I'm wondering if anyone here as set of square medium format size replacement bellows available. Please let me know. Thank you!
     
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    buy a cheap 6x6 folder with a trashed lens and cannibalise for the bellows?
     
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    I have a set off a Durst enlarger, I'll see if I can find them later (this evening UK time). The other option is make some it's not that difficult these are a set I made for my Quarter plate camera, a non tapering set is easier still. Total cost less than $10 and that's with materials left over for more.

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    yeah---durst are square all the way through, but hard to find---omega b22 bellows are pretty big nice too but slight taper...search craigslist for junk enlargers--OR, get one of them folding polaroid cameras---bigger than 6x6 but will work if you are determined.

    alternatively--the bellows draw for medium format is pretty small--you can get some dark fabric/material and make a bag bellows---you won't have sagging problems at the medium format size so a folding bellows is really strictly not a functional necessity for medium format....double construction type heavy plasic bags....or build up a bellows using cardboard and the 3m black photographers tape---that photographers tape is strong and long lasting. one dude made a ulf bellows out of plastic bags that looked pretty good and worked.
     
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    Yea I definitely need square bellows for what I'm working on. Its one of my homebrew camera designs. Pulling them off of an old enlarger isn't a bad idea. I used to have several sitting around but tossed them last time we did a big cleaning.

    I could just make them I suppose. Ian, can you reference any link that you got instructions or a pattern from and also the materials you used. I've made them before but used too thick material so they didn't work out that well.

    Thanks to all for the help!
     
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    I make my own materials, I restore focal pnae and other curtain shutters and make my own shutter cloth and essentially used this for my bellows.

    It's very simple, I use black acrylic paint to seal and make thin black material light-tight, I work it into the cloth wiping off excess - this part is important for best flexibility. I've used 4 different Acrylic paints up to now, while all are fully light-tight I prefer one variety for shutter curtains as there's better flexibility, and another for things like bellows where the finish is more silk like (as opposed to matt). I do use the matt finish on the inside of bellows. It's aslo usefull for restoring bellows.

    I found you needed to look at a few website for bellows making, none was quite right, I tend to make a paper version first, and now have my patterns drwn up in CorelDraw which I just adapt as needed.

    Will check out the Durst bellows in an hour or so if I can find them. :D

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    PM sent re-Durst bellows.

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    The Mamiya TLRs have two sets of bellows. The outer bellows are rectangular and enclose the viewing and taking lenses. Inside there is a square bellows for just the taking lens.

    A scrap TLR would be a good bellows donor. I have one here. It wouldn't be worth posting the whole body to you but if I can work out how to remove them, I could send the inner bellows to you.


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    Cambo SC and similar cameras utilize 6x6 bellows, you might find a camera or bellows uber-cheap on auction sites.
     
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    Are the bellows you mention square? I need bellows that are around 2.5x2.5 - 3x3 inches with reasonable extension (haven't figured out exactly how long yet).

    Since I'm pretty specific about the size and dimensions I need, I'll probably just end up making a set. I'll go either the Gaffers tape route or maybe put a little more effort into it and do as Ian has sugested.
     
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    If I had time I'd make some for you :D Too many issues/problems and zero time :smile:

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    As I have plans to use the outer, rectangular bellows myself, I might have a go at taking the body apart tomorrow. I will let you know what I find. I suspect that the internal dimensions are at least 2.25" square.


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    Haha no worries. I like making stuff anyway so I'm kind of looking forward to making them.

    Definitely let me know when you get it all taken apart. Thanks!
     
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    Bad news unfortunately. As the bellows does not go as far as the film plane, it doesn't need to be full width/height.

    These bellows have an internal dimension of 40mm or about 1.6" so I think the DIY approach is your best option now. Sorry.

    This probably also means that the outer bellows is too small for what I had planned!


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    Darn, no worries. Thanks for checking! I appreciate it!
     
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    Have you considered scavenging the bellows from a Polaroid?
     
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    I'm going to see what polaroids i have stored away tonight to see if any have square bellows. Beign square is important for the purposes of this project. It'll be a nice surprise if I have acceptable bellows in a box somewhere :smile:
     
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    The bellows on my 110a are rectangular, but I'm sure there must be a couple of models that utilized square ones.
     
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    I checked the Polaroid bodies I have and they're rectangular. A buddy of mine has a bunch of random camera parts and there are some bellows in there that he thinks might work. I'll see him Wed and hopefully there is someting there that'll work.