Bellows maintenance... : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread


My Busch 4x5 bellows is almost 40 years old. Though it looks healthy, i want to know general bellows do's and don'ts. I am in tropical coastal region with very high humidity. Ofcourse, all my equipment are kept in dry cabinet when not in use but, they are still exposed to harsh weather for long time when i go for shooting.

So, I am looking for general bellows cleaning, maintenance and preventive tips. Thanks in advance.

-- Reddy (, April 29, 1999


hi dust them regularly, inside and out. check for pinholes. take it into a darkroom, remove the back, shine a flashlight in and check for pinholes. these can then be patched with tape, bellows seal etc. hope this helps. dj

-- N Dhananjay (, May 31, 1999.

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