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I have an Eastman 8 x 10 camera in good shape, but the bellows is a bit stiff. Is there any known way or product to make is more pliable? It presently doesn't have any leaks or pin holes, should I leave well enough alone?
-- David J. Swatscheno (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 02, 2000
Lexsol leather dressing and conditioner. Vacuum it out gently too.
-- Sean yates (email@example.com), May 03, 2000.
-- mark lindsey (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 03, 2000.
Try not to extend those dry bellows too much until they've been treated. I posted a similar question to yours a while back, and had numerous (some conflicting) responses. However I got impatient, tried to use the camera before treatment and got a few holes in the corners of the bellows as a reward. I had recommendations from ladies hand lotion to saddle treatment oil, but now it looks like my only real option is new bellows. The moral: Slowly does it, don't be impatient.
Better luck to you.
-- Pete Andrews (email@example.com), May 03, 2000.
Hi David, what are your bellows made of??? The lining is different than the outside, so what's it made of too; is the lining cloth-like or rubber-like? David Clark
-- david clark (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 03, 2000.