Need help with light tightening bellows
I just recieved a "new" Plaubel Peco Universal 13x18 camera.
The bellows has some pinholes.
What is the best way to get rid of them, safe buying a new one?
I've heard about using some flexible material to fix bicycle tires?
There might another thread about this, but I can't find it.
My current method is wrapping my dark cloth around it before I expose film, but I would like something more permanent, untill I can afford to buy a new one.
Your answers are much appreciated.
P.S. It would be nice, if it was something I can buy in Denmark (EU).
I've used Gaffa tape to repair light leaks in camera bellows. It's available in various colours, is cheap, strong but flexible and of course is self-adhesive.
black silicone sealant
dab it in the pinholes from the inside, with a tooth pick, etc. and don't fold the bellows up until it has had time to cure. DIY black from clear by combining clear silicone with black charred wood embers that are ground up and strired in. if you can't find black at the store, or silicone to seal the hole, then liquid heel balcking from the shoe store to paint the translucent repair over, again from the inside.
Can you buy Acrylic artists paint in Denmark. Black acrylic small 00 brush, dab from the inside. It can also be used outside, but let dry well before compressing the bellow. This question has been asked many times, and is well covered in APUG archives. The tape on the bellows corners works to a degree, but makes your box look horrible. Even with a perfect bellows I still wrap my dark cloth around and over the camera as insurance.
Good old gaffers tape has worked the best for me. Make sure they are clean and dry when applied and that you've got a quality, flexible, fabric tape. I placed a piece on every corner on my old C-1... it took forever but worked without fail until I aquired a new C-1 with better bellows. Best. Shawn
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Apart form the bellows problem how do you like the camera so far?
Whats it like? Whats your experience?