I Found This at PhotoFair!

Spiratone Bellows is really a View Camera!

A few years ago at the PhotoFair I bought a Spiratone T-Mount Bellows system that had a simple 150/4.5 view camera lens attached and is able to use T-mount adapters for most cameras. What really intrigued me with this item was the amazing build quality and the full suite of monorail view camera movements. Seriously this thing is a Sinar miniaturized to work with small format. I really haven’t played with it much in fact it is a bit dusty, but I pulled it out recently and fiddled about for a while.

This particular unit is equipped with a standard T-ring in the back and a T-ring adapter for M42 universal lenses up front. The Spiratone lens is a 150/4.5 that is mediocre and appears to be uncoated. The Bellows, uh, er, I mean camera is well made with solid lock down and smooth controls for movements.

The 150mm lens has decent coverage for 35mm/full frame but the movements can rather easily find the edge of the image circle. Using an APS/C camera like my EOS M5 adds substantial range of movements if you really want to tweak the bejezus out of it 😉 I used my EOS M5 with the Metabones speed booster so I was getting closer to 35mm/full frame coverage. I needed the extra working room as 150mm is a bit long for my small “man cave” / office space.

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1 thought on “I Found This at PhotoFair!

  1. WOW! Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in over three decades. Spira tone was a huge camera store in NYC that had a huge mail order business. Many of us would wait in anticipation of the monthly black and white catalog. Besides inexpensive haloid products, they always found the most interesting photo accessories. All the camera companies has slide copying bellows but no one had anything that elaborate or novel. As you can guess, I really miss them. Max Ponder tries, and to a great he did with Ponder and Best but no one matched Spiratone

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