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    Conley camera restoration.

    Hey out there...
    I acquired an old Conley camera a while back. I thought it was 8x10 but now I think it's really 61/2 x81/2. Needs a new bellows and a little tcl but is otherwise sound. Is it worth restoring and what can I do with it if I do? I already shoot 4x5 by the way.
    Thanks

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Yes, of course it is worth restoring! which version is it--the wooden tailboard or the self-encasing, leather covered?

    In addition to shooting full plate, you could make a 5x7 back or an 8x10 back (or both).

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Thanks for the reply! This is an all wood model with rear movements. I would need a little help / direction on building the other backs, so... HELP!! Any post or videos on how to do this out there?
    Thanks

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Give me a day or so and I will put up a new thread on building camera backs and adapter backs in the DIY forum.

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Thanks Michael. I'm going to tackle the bellows first. That ought to be fun and I have found a couple good websites for that. I see you're from wondervu. I'm in Loveland up north of you.

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Great--close enough to meet up.

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Hey Micael, how much snow you got. I'm about to start on my bellows pattern and paper model with about 9 inches on the ground.

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    A foot of new powder on top of about 8 inches already on the ground.
    Good luck with that bellows.
    I'll post some info on backs in the morning.

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    Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Thanks

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    Exclamation Re: Conley camera restoration.

    Quote Originally Posted by peebs View Post
    Hey out there...
    I acquired an old Conley camera a while back. I thought it was 8x10 but now I think it's really 61/2 x81/2. Needs a new bellows and a little tcl but is otherwise sound. Is it worth restoring and what can I do with it if I do? I already shoot 4x5 by the way.
    Thanks
    6x8 or "whole plate" is a fantastic format. Ansel Adams even said it was his favourite format. You can get the film in ILFORD HP5 Plus, FP4 Plus and Delta 100.

    RR

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