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    Bellows on my Tachihara: how to tell leather from not leather

    Having just applied some black acrylic paint judiciously to some very small pinholes, I am thinking of treating the bellows exterior. However, they are not original, at least as indicated by the slight misalignment (off-plumb) at the front standard. That's the way camera came to me third-hand. I read that Tachihara used goatskin leather, at least at some point, but my camera has no serial number anyway.

    Is there a way to tell whether they are indeed leather? I have read a number of posts and cautionary tales about applying leather treatment to bellows, and that question was posed in one.

    Lexol appears to be wide recommendation, assuming I know which product (I don't).


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    Philip Ulanowsky

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    Re: Bellows on my Tachihara: how to tell leather from not leather

    The odor? Leather has a smell.

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    Re: Bellows on my Tachihara: how to tell leather from not leather

    My 4x5 Tachi, made in 1982, had very thin black goatskin bellows. There was no mistaking them for plastic. I treated them yearly with Lexol, and had no troubles in the ten years I owned that camera.

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    Re: Bellows on my Tachihara: how to tell leather from not leather

    Thanks, folks. Very thin sounds right, though these may not be Tachihara stock, as noted. The inside is the typical silk (?) fabric, and where I found the pinholes, it doesn't look like plastic wearing out, but a drying process. I guess I'll get some Lexol and use is sparingly.
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