Very Nice Job, The blue bellows is really very beautiful. Congratulations.
The bellows are gorgeous! What kind of material did you use? It's overall a beautiful setup, microwave back and all! BTW, what kind of lens is that?
Thanks everyone! I'm very pleased with how the bellows turned out. For reference, Sandeha Lynch made them, and the outer layer is royal blue satin. Inner lining is some proprietary process for making a light-proof liner (). I have a little tweaking to do on the fit yet (kind of a learning curve on installing them - this was my first time), but I'm fixin' to shoot some paper negatives this afternoon, anyway. And the lens is a B&J Ajax #1 Portrait Petzval.
"Microwave back". Too funny.
I love the blue bellows too.
Not quite as usable as Miguel's... this arrived today!
(Goerz Anschütz??) 13x18 folding strut camera. Ernemann Ernotar 150/4.5 lens.
I spent a few hours working out how the shutter works, and making instant work - it was sticking open. Fixed by rearranging the gear below the winding key.
The Albada finder glass is broken, so I need to replace that.
I'm putting a 5x4 back on it as soon as I can buy some timber & cut it... one handed I may need my woodworking neighbour to help.
The 150mm lens is too short to be at infinity when the struts are locked. I have put the 180mm dagor back in its original barrel & botched that into the focusing helical from the broken dogmar lens Randy H had given me years ago.
Once I mount the 180mm onto a lens board I think I'm ready to go!
That's purty, Ash!
Looks like the previous owner was so lazy they just glued the Ernemann lens onto the board having ripped off the original lens.
The board must be OEM because there were 3 holes with perfect spacing for Goerz helical lenses.
Here's the Dagor 180 in its new helical mount (from the broken dogmar 150), perfectly matched & focusing at infinity!
8x10" Hostilux completed w/ image shot on paper neg at f22
Hostipalm handles are modeled on the Linhof design made from solid maple and cherry
5x7" Hostilux completed, both have veiwfinders with 120 degrees
On both cameras the handle can be removed, the veiwfinder can be removed, the level can be removed, and the cable release can be removed or pulled out of hole with slack for vibration free shooting on a tripod.