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    Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    Hello,
    I came across an affordable (now I know why) Burke and James 4x5, however the bellows turned out to be toast.
    Any thoughts on replacements, or building new? I've come across a number of methods however being tapered makes it interesting.

    Thanks
    Michael Johnston
    Wabasha Minnesota

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    Re: Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    Your cheapest and easiest option may be to just buy another camera. I see them closing on Ebay for around $75.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format: http://flickr.com/michaeldarnton
    Mostly 35mm: http://flickr.com/mdarnton
    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Re: Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    Ask this ebay seller how much a new bellows would cost.https://www.ebay.com/itm/Replacement...edirect=mobile
    The hardest part of making a new bellows is finding the right materials.

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    Re: Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    I'm getting that idea....

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    Re: Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    How bad are the bellows? Could they be patched? When I built my 8x10 I used black out fabric from the local fabric store, it may be a little heavy for 4x5. Visit a fabric store with the old bellows and ask if they have something similar.

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    Re: Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    ahhhh, I just now noticed my typo..... what was I thinking, the new 6x6 is 5x5?

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    Re: Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    The bellows are deteriorating beyond repair. I believe though I have enough information to work with and will attempt making one.

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