Nikon's First Bellows for Rangefinder Cameras
Nikon Model 1 Bellows

This bellows/reflex housing features a custom-made block and a Nikon baseplate adaptor attached to both the reflex housing and the bellows. This moves the tripod attachment hole back under the housing for better stability and security. The 135mm Bellows-Nikkor is the standard lens for this bellows. 
Nikon manufactured three series of these well-made, if somewhat primitive, bellows:
• Four or more prototypes were built in1957. They number 5601 through 5604. They differ from the production units in having a narrow-waisted front and having the NKT logo, Japan and the serial number engraved on the bellows front standard. Number 5604 is the one that appears in all of Nikon, Inc.’s advertising.
• Numbers 56001 through 56099 were manufactured sometime between the fall of 1957 and the spring of 1958. The first few in this series have a tripod socket on the front mount. This was soon dropped. They shipped in vertical boxes covered with a dull, mottled grey paper and were labeled “Bellows focusing device for Nikon.”
• Numbers 56100 through 56200 were built in either late 1958 or early 1959. The bellows are the same as the later ones in the first series, but they shipped in horizontal glossy grey boxes that resemble the boxes used for the first Bellows II for the Nikon F. These boxes are labeled “Bellows for Nikon SP,” perhaps to avoid confusion with the bellows for the new Nikon F.
promenade closeup  Detail from The promenade, an oil painting on wood by artist Lisa Langley (1907-1994). Photograph taken using Model 1 Bellows and 135mm Bellows Nikkor.
Langely painting The full painting, The Promenade, by Lisa Langley. Oil paint on wood panel.

Photography with Micro-Nikkor on Nikon FM2

Link to Lisa Langley web page

Gill barn Detail of watercolor  titled The Red Barn, by Paul L. Gill (1894-1938). An early work from 1920 or 1921.

Photograph taken using Nikon Model 1 Bellows and 135mm Bellows Nikkor.

All paintings are property of Gill Works. Ltd.

All text and images are copyright 2004 Michael Wescott Loder. Publication or use without permission of the copyright owner is prohibited.

Link to Wes's photography page.

10th Mt. Pin Unauthorized hat pin worn by officers and enlisted men in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.

Photograph taken using Model 1 Bellows and 135mm Bellows Nikkor.