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Hello all,

Is here somebody who can help me with bellows? I just trying to prepare a self-made bellows. Can somebody help with some istructions, how to fold, what material, etc.

Thanx for your help,


-- Martin Kapostas (, January 12, 2001


There was a great article in View Camera Magazine several years ago about making bellows. Maybe someone knows what issue.

-- E.L. (, January 12, 2001.

The View Camera issue is the Aug. '96 issue. It is available from View Camera for $7 plus shipping. Also, try this site -

Ed Romney sells a booklet "Bellows Making Text" for $15 , but I'd pass on it. I purchased it several months ago and it is of little help. Romney provides little detailed info, and most of his booklets are seriously out-of-date regarding materials and suppliers.

The View Camera article is the best resource I have come across. Simple step-by-step instructions. I have built 3 bellows so far, and have used a thin vinyl purchased at a local fabric store. For the inner liner, the best material to use is shutter curtain fabric. You can purchase the curtain material from Micro-Tools for $5 a sq. ft. It is very thin, and ultra light and works well. The added bonus is because it is light tight, you can use any appropriately flexible outer material.

-- Matt O. (, January 12, 2001.

Try this webpage * * If I didn't get it copied correctly let me know. -Dave

-- Dave Richhart (, January 12, 2001.

Try a book-binders supply house for the thin flexible materials you need. Buy some cheap vinyl to practise with, before you spend real money on red leather!
The folding takes a bit of practise, and it's almost impossible to describe the process in words. It took me about 6 hours to make a simple compendium hood out of thin black cardboard.

-- Pete Andrews (, January 15, 2001.

Martin Try this webpage.

-- David Ocampo (, January 20, 2001.

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