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    Re: Bellows Material

    Hi everybody,

    Another thought, there is the bellows section for a LPL 6x7 enlarger (this is NOT an enlarger for gentlemen with a small p..................Agh my hands have dropped off,divine intervention).

    I've sewn my hands back on so, to continue.............

    Would or could the bellows section of an enlarger be suitable to adapt into a camera, especially if they are from a 5x4 unit?

    I've also spotted an old wooden magic lantern at a very competitive price.

    What do you reckon, people?

    Tim

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    Re: Bellows Material

    Often heat damaged from the hot light bulb
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    Re: Bellows Material

    You might want to try a bookbinding supply they may have a suitable material. When I was in the UK I used this place.https://ratchford.co.uk/products-services/ They would gladly sell us poor students book cloth. They may send samples and you could see if it's relatively light tight. I miss liquorice tablets.

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    Re: Bellows Material

    The Bad Penny Returns,

    That is a good point, Tin Can. But would not a coat or two of some sot of paint cover the damage, or even tape?

    I tried that link Andrew, supa-dupa!

    Bye for now

    Tim

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    You will be back

    Good luck
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    Re: Bellows Material

    like a bad penny Tin Can, like a bad penny.

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    Re: Bellows Material

    Quote Originally Posted by mit nitram View Post

    Has anyone,using BK5 material, have something shiny on the inside to enhance the amount of light inside the bellows?

    Tim
    Tim,
    You want the interior of the bellow to reflect as little of the non-imaging light as possible, to avoid the resulting contrast reduction.
    Same reason we use lens hoods...
    Good luck,
    Len

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    Re: Bellows Material

    Thanks Len,

    I did wonder if there would be some image distortion due to light reflecting in all directions and less of those lovely photons reaching the film plane (getting a bit physical now, photons). I wonder if it would be to read Newton's theories no light, lenses and reflected and refracted light? Has anyone written an article for Dummies on the subject, or know of a decent article on the intra-web?

    Tim

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    Tim's Back Again,

    I made a mistake last time. The sentence should have read " I wonder if it is worth reading" and not the rubbish I did type (a question of the typing not keeping up with the brain and not scanning the finished post, sorry).

    Tim (humble)

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    Re: Bellows Material

    Bellows can vary by application

    Try this forum link first https://www.largeformatphotography.i...=1#post1417728

    Even 2 sliding boxes could be called bellows

    camera bag bellows

    DIY bellows

    enlarger bellows

    Needs vary, many here cover a bellows with their darkcloth

    The biggest problem is our sources for custom bellows is vastly diminishing

    Some bellows were made of Russian red leather 100 years ago and still perfect

    Others were made of paper and did not last long...
    sin eater

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