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William McEwen
23-Aug-2009, 12:18
Hello:

Just for fun, we've started a Facebook group called "Red Bellows Society."

The only requirement to join the group is that you own a camera with red bellows.

It's all very informal, and membership is on the honor system. After joining, please post a picture of your camera (or better yet, you with your camera.)

So those of you with red-belows Kodak 2Ds, B&Js, Wisners, Folding Kodaks, and every other red bellows cameras are encouraged to join.

Just go to Facebook and type "Red Bellows Society" in the search engine. You'll find us.

Cordially,

William

munz6869
25-Aug-2009, 05:49
Joined! :-)

Marc

Peter Collins
25-Aug-2009, 19:47
Joined!!

I never thought I would have anything to do with Facebook, but the red bellows on my Wisner made me do it.

Greg Lockrey
25-Aug-2009, 21:40
:( .... this sounds bigoted and exclusionary. :(


How about if you have a red 4x5 pinhole camera? It has interchagable focal lengths which is like a bellows. :)

David Karp
25-Aug-2009, 22:58
I never thought I would have anything to do with Facebook, . . . .

Me either. Then my kids wanted to play on Farmtown! I joined and am now in touch with people I have not talked to in many, many years!

All my bellows are black though.

jack_hui
26-Aug-2009, 01:00
My Tachi with Red bellow .... ha!
http://www.pbase.com/jack_hui/image/87481871.jpg

Ron Marshall
26-Aug-2009, 09:22
:( .... this sounds bigoted and exclusionary. :(


How about if you have a red 4x5 pinhole camera? It has interchagable focal lengths which is like a bellows. :)

Sounds like a case of Red Bellows envy!

Daniel Grenier
26-Aug-2009, 10:13
My Wisner 7x17 has red bellows. Never could warm up to that annoying red mass. It's just wrong and a stupid color for bellows if you ask me... Say, do you tips in your group on how to paint the thing black?

Greg Lockrey
26-Aug-2009, 12:08
Sounds like a case of Red Bellows envy!

:D :D :D Not until now.:)

rknewcomb
26-Aug-2009, 12:56
[QUOTE=Daniel Grenier;501253]My Wisner 7x17 has red bellows. Never could warm up to that annoying red mass. It's just wrong and a stupid color for bellows if you ask me... Say, do you tips in your group on how to paint the thing black?"

Don't sugar coat it, just tell us how you feel.

William McEwen
26-Aug-2009, 13:47
:( .... this sounds bigoted and exclusionary. :(


How about if you have a red 4x5 pinhole camera? It has interchagable focal lengths which is like a bellows. :)

Not exclusionary! We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week. But all the decision of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of broader matters.

We voted. Sorry, no red pinhole cameras. :(

(By the way, my pinhole camera is mostly Kodak Yellow, since it was made out of a 500-sheet Azo box!)

Ken Lee
26-Aug-2009, 13:49
My Wisner 7x17 has red bellows. Never could warm up to that...

My 4x5 Wisner Technical Field has red bellows, and it's a... person magnet.

It's virtually guaranteed to draw onlookers and friendly inquiries.

William McEwen
26-Aug-2009, 13:52
My Wisner 7x17 has red bellows. Never could warm up to that annoying red mass. It's just wrong and a stupid color for bellows if you ask me... Say, do you tips in your group on how to paint the thing black?

Um, no, since we like red bellows.

You can get a replacement bellows in black from a company in England. Here is a link to their order form:

http://www.camerabellows.com/Order_1.asp

Greg Lockrey
26-Aug-2009, 14:04
Not exclusionary! We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week. But all the decision of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of broader matters.

We voted. Sorry, no red pinhole cameras. :(

(By the way, my pinhole camera is mostly Kodak Yellow, since it was made out of a 500-sheet Azo box!)

:) Mine is a Zero Image. Makes surprisingly sharp photos whenever I get a chance to go out and use it. The pic at my signature is made with my 612F (#1 of 1000). I can be snooty too. :) :)

Jim Galli
26-Aug-2009, 15:21
I knew keeping the old Kodak would eventually pay big dividends! :D

William McEwen
26-Aug-2009, 15:47
I knew keeping the old Kodak would eventually pay big dividends! :D

Yes. BIG dividends. :)

Peter Collins
26-Aug-2009, 20:08
:) Mine is a Zero Image. Makes surprisingly sharp photos whenever I get a chance to go out and use it. The pic at my signature is made with my 612F (#1 of 1000). I can be snooty too. :) :)

Ah, Greg. Snooty, but maybe not so unusual. Most people are snooty about something, and most of them manage to keep it under wraps pretty well. (Normal is overrated.) In that department, this forum seems to be 'way above average! Like maybe 3 or 4 standard deviations above the mean?

WalterE54
26-Aug-2009, 20:47
Ok, got to ask, can 'black bellows' folks lurk? Kinda jealous of this exclusive group--bellows do rock, though!

rdenney
26-Aug-2009, 22:22
My first view camera (after having had the use of a wonderful vintage Linhof Kardan in college) was a Newton NewVue. It had red bellows.

I have not been able to tolerate red bellows ever since.

Rick "who can't join...the NewVue left me" Denney

Glenn Thoreson
27-Aug-2009, 08:18
A red camera won't work???? :D



http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a378/Thoreson/th_Printex4X5-1001.jpg (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a378/Thoreson/?action=view&current=Printex4X5-1001.jpg)

William McEwen
27-Aug-2009, 08:35
Ok, got to ask, can 'black bellows' folks lurk? Kinda jealous of this exclusive group--bellows do rock, though!

Sure! There isn't a whole lot going on, though.

Pete Roody
27-Aug-2009, 08:42
Once you have tried black, you will never go back (to red that is). :)

Diane Maher
27-Aug-2009, 11:21
I have a Folding Pocket Kodak and a couple of Century Whole Plate cameras with red bellows. But I have dialup at home and wouldn't even think of doing facebook with a slow connection.

Greg Lockrey
27-Aug-2009, 13:41
A red camera won't work???? :D



http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a378/Thoreson/th_Printex4X5-1001.jpg (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a378/Thoreson/?action=view&current=Printex4X5-1001.jpg)

:( Nope.... bigots! :(

William McEwen
27-Aug-2009, 13:52
:( Nope.... bigots! :(

Greg, just find yourself a nice Kodak 2D or a Wisner or a B&J or a Folding Kodak and you're in! :)

Greg Lockrey
27-Aug-2009, 16:45
Greg, just find yourself a nice Kodak 2D or a Wisner or a B&J or a Folding Kodak and you're in! :)

I could do that.... but it's more fun being a "radical". :)

Peter Collins
27-Aug-2009, 20:58
A red camera won't work???? :D



http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a378/Thoreson/th_Printex4X5-1001.jpg (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a378/Thoreson/?action=view&current=Printex4X5-1001.jpg)

Does it bellow very loudly?

William McEwen
28-Aug-2009, 05:21
I could do that.... but it's more fun being a "radical". :)

Indeed! You and I are kindred spirits.

Greg Lockrey
28-Aug-2009, 05:39
Indeed! You and I are kindred spirits.

:D :D :D It would seem so...

Perhaps I could slap some red paint on the bellows of my Ebony. :eek:

Have fun with your group. I belong to a group here in Toledo called the Curmudgeon League Of Toledo (CLOTs) and the ladies call themselves Curmudgeon Ladies In Toledo (I leave it to you to break it down) that are a bunch of artists and old hippies than have a lot of fun with FB.

Armin Seeholzer
19-Oct-2009, 14:12
I'm also joined the red bellows fraction on FB!
I really like my B&J red bellows not so with the battleship grey!

Cheers Armin