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    Bessa II, 1951, replacing the bellow..............

    Is that something a halfways talented amateur mechanic can do properly without any prob ? Or are there complications to expect ?
    I ask because this is part of my risk calculation when bidding on such a camera.

    Thanks !
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    With some talent, patience, and serious restraint you could replace the bellows.

    Get it from

    http://www.camerabellows.com/About.html

    ... who probably made the original bellows !

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    If you have a few extra bucks, you could send it to Jurgen to let him work his magic. I've purchased a couple folders from him over the past few years and sent one for CLA. I've only had good experiences with him and his work. He's on Ebay as "certo6". He sells his refurbished cameras on there from time to time.
    http://www.certo6.com/services.html
    Hope this helps.
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    Tanks to all for the links, considering his prices Jürgen's service seems to be the best solution.
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    I had Jurgen replace the bellows on my Bessa I (bellows were still light-tight but sort of mangled). He did a nice job.

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    What will a new bellows cost for this camera? Is it worth buying a new bellows or perhaps finding a cheaper old camera of the same size to canabalize instead? I'm sure you can get some Flea-Bay camera real cheap.

    What size is the bellows? Is it the same size as a Retina? If so I may know a source of some parts cameras.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    I think it's worth installing a new bellows that will last a good long time, particularly on a Bessa II, which is a fairly collectible camera.
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    I'm sorry David, I know nothing about collecting but do love these jewels enough to restore as many as i can get my hands on. AT first it didn't make much sence to spend alot of money on a new bellows but if they are as collectable as you say it may be an investment. What are these Bessas worth anyway?
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    Depends on the lens. If it has a Color-Skopar, it's likely to sell for $400-500. I think I paid $650 for mine with the Color-Heliar and sold it to some nutty collector for around $1100. A Bessa II with an Apo-Lanthar and 645 mask can go for $3500-5000.

    While I had one, I thought the Bessa II with Color-Heliar was a great camera, but the ergonomics just didn't work for me. It's kind of a left-handed camera.
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    WOW! That's a collector for sure. I've seen em selling for around $50 but have no idea what lens it had. The ones I've seen didn't look like anything special. I'll look a bit closer now that I have some insight. I wish we had more information or people like you talking about about these collectors. Little details can really make the difference.

    I've had an old collection of Retinas come through my shop recently. These cameras are little beauties and so well built. Do you or anyone else here collect them? Is there a market for em?
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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