It takes a little practice to make a perfect set of bellows. The material has to be 100% lightproof and of just the right weight to provide the necessary level of flexibility and support. The supporting ribs must also be sufficiently rigid, but not too thick, since there is also a third layer of liner to add. The three layers together have to compress comfortably so that they will bed down easily when the camera is closed.
The Agfa Isolette range is famous for the high quality of its Agnar, Apotar, and Solinar lenses. Even the cheapest of them provides phenomenally sharp images with a good level of contrast. Unfortunately they are also infamous for the poor materials used to make the original bellows. They suffer particularly badly in the corners where constant opening and closing over the years leave tiny pinholes that eventually widen into slits. This is equally true of the Ansco Speedex cameras since these were rebranded Agfas made for export. The bellows are easy to remove and replace, and given the quality of the lenses this is a worthwhile option.
Isolette I, II, or III or Ansco Speedex 6x6 bellows cost GBP £38.00. Agfa Record I, II, or III or Ansco Viking 6x9 bellows cost £48.00. Postage is an extra £9.00 for Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed in Europe, £10.00 for the rest of the world, or £4.00 for First Class Signed For within the UK - (April 2023).
Isolette bellows are available in (from left to right) Black, Bronze, Brown, Blue, Burgundy, Green, and Red. The Agfa Record, the Mamiya Six, and some other classic MF folding cameras can have Black, Bronze, or Brown bellows.
For the Isolette and the Record, I include instructions on removing and fitting the bellows.
You can contact me here for further details ... sandehalynch AT yahoo DOT com
|Other bellows completed in the past:
Star Camera, 10x12
Agfa Ansco, 8x10
Deardorff Precision Studio, 8x10
Houghton Triple Victo, Whole Plate
Asunama, Half Plate
Agfa Ansco, 5x7
Eastman Kodak 2D, 5x7
Eastman Kodak 33A, 5x7
Graflex Portrait, 5x7
Rochester ROC, 5×7
Thornton Pickard, 5x7
Linhof Technika III, 4x5
Plaubel Peko, 4x5
Meagher Tailboard, Quarter Plate
|Toyo 4x5 Long
|Linhof Technika III
|Certo Dolly Super Sport
|Asunama Half Plate