Lancaster Instantograph

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  1. Dany

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    I recently bought a Lancaster Instantograph camera (quarter plate) at a very very low price. You will understand why by looking at the photo I made when back home.

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    I removed every single brass fitting and cleaned it. I also cleaned the varnished wood parts. The diaphragm was stuck and corroded but now it closes and opens smoothly.
    Now the camera looks like this:

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    Well, the easiest part is done.
    Now, I have to replace the bellows (repairing the existing one is rather impossible as it falls into pieces when manipulated).
    Making a new one is possible (tutorials exist on the net) but the right material is hard to find and I feel any way that I will not be capable to do it.
    I hope to possibly find a replacement in one of the vintage camera collectors sales in my country.
    Keep your fingers crossed for me......


     
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    Try contacting the guy at Certo6 he replaces a lot of bellows on folders. He may be able to help you locate the material. The guys name is Jurgen. He will respond . Home
     
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    First off, what a find! I've been thinking lately of building a 4x5 monorail, in viewing the tutorials fabricating the bellows doesn't appear that difficult, especially if you have anything left of the old one to use as a pattern. What was the difficulty in finding the material?
     
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    The materials that may be found to buid a replacement bellows often produce an aspect too "modern" (new) to the bellows when in place inside an old camera . I have seen many of such replaced bellows and I may feel each time that it was not an original at the first sight.
    Many thanks to Jcdeboever for the link. I will look at it.
     
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    Such a beautiful camera. Wish you luck finding the right material for the bellows.
     
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    By this I am assuming that you mean the material itself would not be age appropriate for a camera of this age? I would think that about any material, you use would fall in that category. Possibly a thin leather, but I would think bulk would be another consideration. Curious to see what you settle on.
     
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    good show
     
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    An advertiement dated 1899 showing a similar camera.....

    1899 Lancaster Advert highlight.jpg
     
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    There's a fair bit of info about Lancaster & Sons in the Lens Vademecum, page 265 of this PDF version:
    lensvademecumv3l-1.pdf
     
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    good show. do you shoot any of these beauties? vin
     
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    Dany No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not often, Old things, like men, deserve some rest after retirement.
    Thanks to Expresso2x for the link
    My camera is from the first variation of Instantograph produced by Lancaster from 1888 to circa 1890.
    At this time the shutters were often sold as an option by different makers and were designed to be installed at the front end of the lens.
    These shutters are now extremely scarce and it is therefore very difficult to buy one to complete this kind of camera
     
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    Of course....If you may load the camera with a five ISO orthochromatic film to be in the mood of the time :1219:
     

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