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    Kodak No. 1 Diomatic

    At a junk store recently I purchased a Kodak No. 1 Diomatic. All mechanisms work (though I'm not sure I trust the listed shutter speeds as, from looking into the back of the camera while open, it does not appear that 1/100 is significantly faster than 1/25). The camera takes 616 flim, and I'm willing to respool 120 film (with spacers) to get it to fit, but only if I think I might get results. Here's the problem: the bellows are dried out and there are light leaks up and down the seams. There is not a lot of leak, no spot a hole even the size of a pinhole, but there is light leaking through. I wonder whether if shot with slow film, say 25 ASA, I'm likely to notice the leaks or whether, in the alternative, there is a way to treat the bellows. Thanks in advance.

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    You will notice the leaks. You'll either have to make a lightproof sock for the bellows or get some Plastigrip from a hardware store and dilute it and carefully paint it on the bellows. Leave them extended until fully (emphasize fully) dry and then maybe put a little talcum powder on them so they won't have any tendency to stick when folded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outwest View Post
    You will notice the leaks. You'll either have to make a lightproof sock for the bellows or get some Plastigrip from a hardware store and dilute it and carefully paint it on the bellows. Leave them extended until fully (emphasize fully) dry and then maybe put a little talcum powder on them so they won't have any tendency to stick when folded.
    Fully informative answer, thanks. I'll try the Pastigrip approach. How much dilution do you recommend?

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    An alternative to Plastigrip is black artist's liquid acrylic paint, well scrubbed into the fabric lining the bellows. A soft toothbrush works well for applying the paint. I save used toothbrushes for this and many other occasional uses.

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    black india ink mixed with pva / white glue
    you might also ger bookbinder/ book repair tape
    it flexes and works well to repair film holder hinges as well
    silver magnets, trickle tanks sold
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    An alternative to Plastigrip is black artist's liquid acrylic paint, well scrubbed into the fabric lining the bellows. A soft toothbrush works well for applying the paint. I save used toothbrushes for this and many other occasional uses.
    This sounds like the simplest approach and the one I'm going to try. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    black india ink mixed with pva / white glue
    you might also ger bookbinder/ book repair tape
    it flexes and works well to repair film holder hinges as well
    Thanks so much, to you and to all for excellent and helpful responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobalobo View Post
    Thanks so much, to you and to all for excellent and helpful responses.
    i try
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