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    replacing Toyo 45E bellows

    Hello

    I've just got a nice Toyo 45E at an extremelly great price, but unfortunately the bellows has some tiny holes. I plan to cover them temporally with liquid electrical tape but I'd love to change the bellows. I know that officially you have to send this model for the bellows to be replaced, but the shipping costs plus the operation would kill my bank account.
    Is it possible to use bellows from a 45G, as those are quite easily available on eBay and put them on the 45E? I've read that I have to unscrew the original bellows and unglue them from some holder, has anyone done this before?

    thank you very much

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    Re: replacing Toyo 45E bellows

    Yes, the standards for the E are identical to those of the G, as are many other accessories.
    You should have no problem using G bellows.

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    Re: replacing Toyo 45E bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Yes, the standards for the E are identical to those of the G, as are many other accessories.
    You should have no problem using G bellows.
    Thank you very much for the quick reply! I'll do so then!

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    Re: replacing Toyo 45E bellows

    The liquid electrical tape works well to patch pinholes, If you are new to LF , I'd patch 'em and use the camera as is.
    Replacement bellows likely cost as much as the camera.
    Real cameras are measured in inches...
    Not pixels.

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    Re: replacing Toyo 45E bellows

    http://m.ebay.com/itm/New-Hand-Made-...-/270903570880

    Some have reported good results from this seller. This does not include the frames.

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    Re: replacing Toyo 45E bellows

    I replaced the bellows on a Linhof with a set made by the ebay seller above (name's Rudy). The product is excellent in my opinion. As David said, no frames are included. To get the old bellows material off the frames I used a cheap heat gun to melt the adhesive, then a little acetone for a final clean. I then used Selleys Shoe Glue to attach the new bellows to the frames. Not a process to be frightened of.

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    Re: replacing Toyo 45E bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by David Karp View Post
    http://m.ebay.com/itm/New-Hand-Made-...-/270903570880

    Some have reported good results from this seller. This does not include the frames.
    I have a set of these bellows on my Toyo. Noticed a light leak last Saturday and after checking them I've discovered they have a pinhole in every corner. The bellows are roughly 3-4 years old and I'm not exactly a heavy user of the camera, I've probably shot 150 sheets in that time and I shoot portraits, so I don't use excessive movements.

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