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    8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    Hi, this post is related to the Linhof Kardan TL 8x10" official bellows length.

    I'm really curious about experience with long bellows on 8x10" cameras and at which point an auxiliary bellows support is necessary?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    Shouldn’t be necessary. If the bellows develops sag just take it off and rotate it 90°. If you want, since the rail is flat on top just put a paper cup under the bellows.

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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    So even something between 30-36"?
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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    I'd say bellows support is necessary when the bellows starts to vignette the image frame, or more rarely, if the wind starts moving it about. Like Bob said, just tuck something under the bellows to prop it up a bit.
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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    I've found a piece of card stock folded into a "V" works well under sagging bellows.
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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    Nothing fancy needed. Historically for view cameras that required lots of camera an bellows draw without the intermediate standard for supporting the bellows, use a empty card board box of size that fits to support the sagging bellows.

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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    I keep a strip of that grey case foam in all of my kits to (usually) stuff under between bellows & rail (or bed) to lift the bottom sag...

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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    You mean Linhof doesn't make a bellows support that is micro-adjustable, made of titanium, and have a beautifully engraved Linhof logo?

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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dugan View Post
    You mean Linhof doesn't make a bellows support that is micro-adjustable, made of titanium, and have a beautifully engraved Linhof logo?
    Made of aluminum.

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    Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    So, if it's for studio purposes only, still-life and portrait, and I wish to cover for all future eventualities, then I should just go for 36"/900mm and be done?
    I will probably be using lenses around the 45cm to 60cm mark.

    I've used a 300mm lens for head and shoulders shots on 4x5" and I really like the look of them. So I presume the equivalent is 600mm on 8x10"?

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