New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

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New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Post by 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.
As received. Nice on the outside.
As received. Nice on the outside.
Inside, the bellows was stiff and fragile.
Inside, the bellows was stiff and fragile.
Put the original front ring on a similar but not exact New Old Stock replacement bellows.
Put the original front ring on a similar but not exact New Old Stock replacement bellows.
After replacement, nearly good as new.
After replacement, nearly good as new.
Test shot; Kodak Aero Plus-X, Instantaneous speed, #1 circular aperture setting, hyperfocal distance scale.
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

Post by alexvaras » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:19 am

Gorgeous!

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Re: New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Post by 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

Post by PFMcFarland » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:22 pm

Good work, Don!

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Re: New bellows for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B

Post by LarryD » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:49 am

Good work.
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