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    Mark,

    I quite undrstand your reluctance as it relates to older cameras that are far from any standard. OTOH, I think you will find that a lot (perhaps evenmost of your potential) customers are using modern 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 cameras that are made in quantity (e.g. Toyo, Canham, Wista, Wisner, Ebony, Horseman, etc.) with readily available dimensional information. My question was aimed at this segment of the market, a segment that is well srved today by both Camera Bellows and Western Bellows, so that those who are intererested could make a quick decision on your product v. that of the competition. OTOH, that may not be relevant if you are more interested in servicing the needs of those using older and more exotic cameras and/or those with special bellows needs. For example, IIRC, a new bellows from MAC for the Toyo field cameras is $125 (don't recall if that is just the bellows or bellows and installation ... but I thought it would be useful if you could give that sort of ballpark info if this is a part of the market that you are intereste in servicing.

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    Aloha and welcome to APUG, Mark.

    My wife grew up in Honolulu, so we visit the islands regularly to see the family. We usually like to spend time on Moloka'i, but maybe next time we'll make it down to the Big Island. It's always good to find more large format types out there.
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    Aloha Ted:

    You make some very valid points, several of which I have already been considering. As I have only recently returned to offer this service for folks, and my previous experience was in camera restoration work, I am somewhat limited as to what modern cameras are out there. Although I may know of a camera by name, I have not taken a good look at all of them.

    However, I guess a real concern of mine is that of being a new member to the forum, and of not wanting to appear to be just cashing in on this forum. I am very prompt with an email response to any inquiry. My pricing scheme is pretty simple though still requires a manual calculation based on a few dimensions. Of course, there is nothing preventing someone from requesting a quote via a form I have at my webpage and then posting their findings here.

    A client of mine just completed his restoration project of an Asanuma King No. 1, incorporating a bellows just hot off my bench, and posted a photo and comment over at the APUG LF Camera & Accessories (http://www.apug.org/forums/forum44/3...-bellows.html). I invite you to check him out.

    A hui hou,
    Mark

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    I am the customer Mark refers to in the post above. I will tell you that my bellows were made by Mr. Kapono for $105.00. They are 18 folds, 8"x8" to around 3"x4", tapered, with full extension around 22". Their quality is superior and their fit is perfect. I am very satisfied with the price, delivery time and service I received and would like to encourage anyone to inquire by e-mail on his website, as he was able to quote the price I paid just based on my filling his initial form and sending him some images of the camera.

    Now, having mentioned the price, Mark is opening up his service to individual customers and may see fit to raise prices as demand increases. That is for him to decide and for you to negotiate. The price I paid should in no way restrict whatever price he wants to quote anybody else. I am sure he will be reasonable.

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    That's a very reasonable price for a bellows of that size.
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    Thats why Dave Parkers business took of as he had a great product (Satinsnow GG) for a very reasonable price. I hope Mark can do the same in his bellows business. It is nice to know somebody that you can trust if you need that kind of service.

    Greg
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    I got a quote from Mark on a bellows for my 8x20. I e-mailed him my frame sizes and he got back to me right away. For my 8x20 the qoute was $365.00-$390.00 plus shipping. He is sending me a sample of the material and the fold for me to take a look at. The bellows is the only thing left for me to do and then my 8x20 will be ready to go. Should have the sample in a day or two. Price seems reasonable and Mark is very good with his communication. From what I've read his quality is great.

    Jim

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