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New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

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Don Day
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New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Postby Don Day » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:04 am

For my first camera restoration of 2018, I chose a Vest Pocket Kodak Model B that I found on eBay. The set included the near-mint camera, its manual, and a fairly complete original box. Although nearly new in most respects, the camera had a completely hardened bellows that had already separated from the front standard. This had to be rectified either to shoot with or ever sensibly display the camera.

I found a similar new-old-stock bellows from another eBay seller. The front ring was different, so I pried off the front flaps of the NOS ring and glued in the original front ring. With my screwdriver-turned-tab-lifter tool, I replaced the crappy bellows with this modified as-new bellows.

The next day I prepared a test roll of Aero Plus-X film trimmed down to 127 width. I chose an old water tower in Mason to check out the various apertures (circle dial style with 1-2-3-4 settings) using Aero Plus-X film cut to 127 size. This film has nice mid-tone coloration. The swirly edge detail in the result scan is de regueur for the simple meniscus lens, even at the #1 aperture setting (roughly f/22 by guesstimate). Scanned at 1200 dpi on Epson 4990.

This little camera is actually fun to drop in a pocket, and looks great. I must put it away to keep it looking pristine, but we both had fun on the field test.

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As received. Nice on the outside.

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Inside, the bellows was stiff and fragile.

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Put the original front ring on a similar but not exact New Old Stock replacement bellows.

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After replacement, nearly good as new.

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Test shot; Kodak Aero Plus-X, Instantaneous speed, #1 circular aperture setting, hyperfocal distance scale.
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Re: New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Postby alexvaras » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:19 am

Gorgeous!
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Re: New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Postby Julio1fer » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:19 pm

Bellows are a critical part, glad that you got one. The camera seems to perform well! Ah, Plus-X (sigh).
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Re: New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Postby PFMcFarland » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:22 pm

Good work, Don!

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Re: New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Postby LarryD » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:49 am

Good work.
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