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    Best materials for making bellows

    Hi there,

    I'm currently restoring a Kodak No.33 5x7 view camera. The bellows are really trashed. I'm planning on making a new bellows.

    I've looked around a lot online but have yet to find a definitively good source for bellows material. Is there anywhere to order fabric online that's appropriate? Ideally I'd like to add in a little more extension to the camera (possibly creating a bed extension), so if I got something that might be a little more compact than the original that would be awesome but I'd be happy to just get the camera working again.

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    Hello

    take a look at this thread. It might help.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum147/...s-problem.html

    I used porters dark room cloth as a liner and covered it with the thinnest black lining cloth I could find at the local cloth store. For me the bellows work well but are a little thick.

    http://www.porters.com/black-out-opa...6-ft-roll.html


    good luck with your search.

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    I ended up covering them with gaffers tape. I was fairly careful and they look ok, if not pretty good. I'm going to spray paint them flat black, I think it will be hard to tell. The only thing I'm concerned about is that they will fold up in the camera. They are currently getting crushed by a couple of books to make them thing out.

    Thanks for the post...that was awesome.



 

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