Fixing Agfa bellows

Share your advice about camera repair or ask a question.
User avatar
melek
Frequent Poster
Frequent Poster
Posts: 969
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:04 pm
x 17
x 20
Contact:

Re: Fixing Agfa bellows

Post by melek » Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:14 pm

I've tried liquid electrical tape, but it can be messy - and sticky.

I tried this on a fabric shutter curtain, and when it dried, the shutter curtain was extremely stiff. That could be a problem for bellows that need to collapse and expand.

I had a Nikon S that had a ton of holes in the shutter curtain, and I used a fabric marker to fill the holes. I know that is going beyond the scope of this discussion.

Getting back to the gaffer's tape, there were portions that needed some extra adhesion, so I used a tiny amount of contact cement. That worked, because the contact cement remained pliable.
-Mike Elek

titrisol
Enthusiast
Enthusiast
Posts: 397
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:14 am
x 71
x 36
Contact:

Re: Fixing Agfa bellows

Post by titrisol » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:51 pm

It seems that you commented on al old thread in KYPHOTO( saved by RFF) stating that the Solinette was a design from hell :)
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/classi ... 1328462515
scott wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:37 am
That wasn't me, but I remember that a while back. I was talking to someone about it, Pete Lutz maybe?

Anyway, on these folding Agfa/Anscos I always just replace them. Sandeha's bellows fit very well and are pretty easy to install. I've bought the old folding Jsolettes before to act as donors, as they generally had leather bellows that were almost always robust, but I was never able to sacrifice one, as they're nice cameras in their own rights.

My 8x10 Seneca has the bellows patched with gaff tape. Works well for them, but they're a bit stiffer and don't compress nearly as much as before. I don't think it'd work with a 6x6 bellows.
Last edited by titrisol on Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:59 am, edited 1 time in total.
If you can't fix it with a hammer... you got an electrical problem
even duct tape can't fix stupid.... but it can muffle it (SilentObserver)
My Flickr -ipernity
Thanks CE Nelson ;)

scott
Enthusiast
Enthusiast
Posts: 472
Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:06 am
x 39
Contact:

Re: Fixing Agfa bellows

Post by scott » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:13 pm

titrisol wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:51 pm
It seems that you commented on al old thread in RFF stating that the Solinette was a design from hell :)
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/classi ... 1328462515
That's awesome. I have absolutely ZERO recollection of that. Ah, old age striking early...

titrisol
Enthusiast
Enthusiast
Posts: 397
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:14 am
x 71
x 36
Contact:

Re: Fixing Agfa bellows

Post by titrisol » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:36 pm

I diluted the liquid electrical tape with some xylene to make it easier to paint
I covered the 4 corners and most of the rear-side
It seems to have solve the issue, loading some Aviphot in camera and will play with it tomorrow.
I'm leaving the 1st frame loaded to see if there is any pinholes

wish me luck
If you can't fix it with a hammer... you got an electrical problem
even duct tape can't fix stupid.... but it can muffle it (SilentObserver)
My Flickr -ipernity
Thanks CE Nelson ;)

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests