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    Re: Advice on Camera Repair Estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Unless he needs boards, ground glass, Frenels or repair parts. And he still doesn't have front tilts. So why waste money on a quick fix?
    It might depend on the needs of the user. If the only thing that is hindering the owner's use of this camera is a leaky bellows, getting a Chinese bellows and installing it himself will be perfectly fine.

    So, he's back in business for $100. He can shoot this camera until he finds a IV or newer in the right condition for the right price.

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    Re: Advice on Camera Repair Estimate

    Welcome to Large Format Photography Forum
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    Re: Advice on Camera Repair Estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Unless he needs boards, ground glass, Frenels or repair parts. And he still doesn't have front tilts. So why waste money on a quick fix?
    Fair assessment - the ground glass should be OK since I replaced it when I bought the camera. I appreciate the quick fix advice but it's looking more like take the camera as it is and look for another one down the line.

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    Re: Advice on Camera Repair Estimate

    Thank you! It's great to be participating a bit - I've been browsing the forums for years now. I find it interesting to watch conversations like this - I've learned so much reading through threads.

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    Re: Advice on Camera Repair Estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by jbenedict View Post
    It might depend on the needs of the user. If the only thing that is hindering the owner's use of this camera is a leaky bellows, getting a Chinese bellows and installing it himself will be perfectly fine.

    So, he's back in business for $100. He can shoot this camera until he finds a IV or newer in the right condition for the right price.
    That's fair - I could look into the Chinese bellows as a temp fix for a reasonable price... hm

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    Re: Advice on Camera Repair Estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Thomason View Post
    The CLA for the shutter sounds about right. I would order the bellows from one of the vendors that specializes in making them and install them yourself. It's not that difficult. Would save a bunch of money to put toward more glass.
    It looks like the bellows may be worthwhile doing on my own - I turned them down for the CLA at first... that one seemed to make the most sense to me, too, Stephen. I understand CLAs on equipment - the price that caught me off guard was the bellows and everything else. Thanks for replying!

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