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thronobulax

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New bellows now fitted. Still need an adapter for a shutter which I'm working on, and film holder (has been ordered) and lastly of course some film and the right conditions ..... The lens is a Grubb C which was one of the lenses used by Carleton Watkins, although his perhaps perished in the earthquake along with many of his photographs.
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That's really beautiful. What was the source of your replacement bellows?
 

Paul Kay

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They are from www.custombellows.co.uk - they originally made the bellows for the Gandolfis and supplied replacements very quickly indeed although I believe that they have been slower very recently due to covid related restrictions. I now have three cameras fitted with replacement bellows from them I can thoroughly recommend them.
 
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Anthony

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Custom Bellows is a wonderful resource. They've replaced several bellows on view cameras I own. The only problem is, if you have any cameras without them - even with light tight bellows - you have to get those refitted also . . . They just look so beautiful, yeah?

I want to get back to Paul's post about my KMV/Calumet 4x5 view camera. His point is well taken: a wood 4x5 is lighter, folds up smaller, and wood is nicer to the touch in cold weather. And Paul's camera has the same bellows capability. More in fact - you can fit a bag bellows to his.

So why do I use the heavier, bulkier, metal 4x5 camera? If this were a legal argument I'd be hard pressed to make it.

I'll merely say this - as someone that's been involved in photography for many years - I should probably have my head examined.

Maybe I'll have my head examined in Vienna! I can stop at a few cafes before my appointment . . . ? But the doctor may say my case is hopeless; and "maybe you should live somewhere besides America for a while, ja?"
 

Leicamadman

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Unfortunately the Titan moulds were lost by the company doing theABS casting , this happened to other companies as well, The moulds for the Paterson Orbital here also lost albeit for a different material.

Ian
I thought it was only the SF 5x4 that was affected by this - Mike Walkers other Cameras being still available? I hope so as I am thinking about buying another to add to my 5x4 SF.
 

David M

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He does indeed make other cameras in 5x4, 7x5 and 10x8 sizes. They are the wide-angle type. I presume that the greatest loss was the die for the base-plate, which is quite intricate. I have one of the last ten. The knobs are different from yours. He also makes the Ilford pinhole camera. A very helpful chap. Can't say how Covid will have affected the business.

 

Leicamadman

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Mine is serial number 005, one of the first he made and sold direct before he had distribution. He did upgrade it with spirit levels for me and made me a couple of extra lens boards for a grand sum of about £16 at the time. I have always found him very helpful as you say.
 
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