View Full Version : 5 x 7 Deardorff Bellows velcro solution

Chester McCheeserton
15-Oct-2017, 12:26
I'm wondering if someone would be willing to post a picture of how they dealt with this. I think I've read read the older posts but continue to lose negs like the attached below when I'm using a 150 lens on my 5x7 and forget to wedge the bellows pleats forward with either a folded 4x5 cardboard from empty film box or a binder clip as mentioned by John Bowen.

I'm thinking of super gluing some sort of small piece of velcro but I'm hesitant to deface the camera structurally by drilling in a new hook or clasp to the top of the front standard to attach it to.

It's only an issue when I use close to the max of front rise but I do this frequently and I much prefer the wide bite I get with this 150 lens vs a 180.

Thanks very much for any thoughts or experience you all could share.


Chester McCheeserton
15-Oct-2017, 12:27

16-Oct-2017, 05:21
OK, but it is a way, but not the only way... The paper clamp method can be reversed or re-adjusted, but you are stuck if glued down if your priorities change... (And the re-sale value thingy...)

Linhof Technika's had lugs with little round clips on the side of the bellows, where they would be hooked on spring loaded hooks on the FS, and just pull the larger rear section of the bellows out until the bellows were half extended, when the spring hooks would release and allow the rest of the bellows to extend... Helped prevent internal sag...

On (I think) was a Plaubel LF camera was a mushroom headed shaft that extended from the rail or bed (about the size of a engine valve from a car) that could be raised up and locked in place to provide lift to the bottom of the bellows... Or throw a small block of thick foam in your kit to wedge under the bels if you observe sagging...

If you have to attach something to the outside bellows, don't use superglue as it can attack the bellows as it dries, but contact cement is safer, more flexible, and can be carefully removed with some care...

Steve K