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    Cost of a new bellows

    I've just received a Technika III that was said to have no holes in the bellows. Unfortunatly I've just found 4 pinholes letting in way too much light and I'm gutted

    I'm thinking of returning the camera to the seller but want to check into replacing the bellows. I dont want to try to repair them.

    Can anyone give an indication of the likely cost to replace the bellows?
    Is it a diy job or would a camera repair guy need to do the work?

    Finally if anyone has links to a UK or European supplier I'd appreciate it.

    Fintan

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    http://www.camerabellows.com/ are in Birmingham.
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    Fintan -

    I've never priced a bellows, but the bits and pieces I have heard suggest that the price of a replacement bellows could run US$150 or more.

    Here is a link to a bellows specialist on your side of the pond that I have heard good things about. http://www.camerabellows.com/

    You can make a bellows yourself if you have a little patience and not more than two thumbs. There are a number of sites on the web that provide instructions on how to do this. Here's a link to one site: http://home.earthlink.net/~eahoo/page1/page1.html

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    Camera Bellows UK does a great job, and they probably have Linhof bellows on hand. If not, they make them very quickly. I think my 11x14" bellows was two days in the shop, and I think someone here posted a story about how they needed a new Technika bellows in the US on short notice, and they had it by overnight mail.
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    Fintan,

    I bought a 4x5 bellows for my Linhof Technikardan at Camera Bellows about 2.5 years ago. It was $200 US plus postage. There is no VAT in this figure because it is export. I think mine is a longer bellows than you need, so what you want may be less expensive. I have been very happy with this bellows and their service.

    May I suggest that you go to their site and email them for a quote. That is how I started. They accepted payment by credit card. I faxed mine to avoid the risk in sending the number by email.

    The bellows that came on my eBay purchased camera was also not as described. I got the seller to return the cost of a new bellows. It took some pushing, but it worked. Perhaps try that if the rest of the camera meets your expectations.

    Good luck,

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    Camera Bellows quoted me 85GBP to supply and install new bellows for a Korona 4x5. I plan to ship it out this week.
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    Thanks for all the replies. I've just emailed them.

    I'm wondering if I could replace it or would I have to send them the camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by jp80874
    The bellows that came on my eBay purchased camera was also not as described. I got the seller to return the cost of a new bellows. It took some pushing, but it worked. Perhaps try that if the rest of the camera meets your expectations.
    Thats the dilema I have John, whether to let this camera go and try to return it for a full refund or to try work out a deal for the replacement. I like the camera, it seems in good order, the seller did say the bellows was checked and fine so I'm now wondering about his other assertations about the camera.

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    The bellows is the most likely thing to have a problem on an old Tech III, so I wouldn't assume that there are other problems unless you see them. Try all the movements, and make sure it all works. Show it to someone who is familiar with the camera, if you can. You might ask the seller if they will cover, fully or partially (on the grounds that you could just patch the pinholes), the cost of the bellows replacement.

    If the bellows has to be glued into place, it's probably best to let them do it. If it's just a matter of unscrewing the old one and putting in the new one, then that's not so difficult.
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    Bostick & Sullivan sell a bellows patch kit which contains cloth and flexible cement. It does a more than adequate job on pinholes and small tears.
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    David, no chance of showing it to someone, I dont know any LFer over here. In fact this is the first LF camera I've held in my hands.

    I'm not keen to patch the holes myself [but thanks for the tip anyway Jim]
    I did buy as described "bellows checked and no holes"

    Hopefully I'll get a reply from CameraBellows.com on monday and I'll take it from there with the seller.

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