Contessa-Nettel Cocarette - Open ?

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  1. taulen

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    Hey,
    I just recieved a Cocarette, but have a problem.
    There is a button I think I'm supposed to push half a centimetre, but it's really stuck.
    Does annyone know how I can fix this ?
    Other than this, the camera is almost mint, it is missing it's foot, but that is very common on this camera supposedly. And the lens looks fantastic. But if I cant insert film, there not much point in this, except using it as an ornament =)

    Appreciate all help and comments =)
     
  2. Dave Pritchard

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  3. taulen

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    I have seen absolutely all sites about the camera.

    You can see the button I mean on the last picture on that site. The button in the middle of the piece you pull out. And its stuck, I'm pretty sure that is the button I have to push to open the camera, but no luck in doing so.
     
  4. Jeff L

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    Probably a little corrosion preventing it from sliding. Have you tried lightly prying it. Even a TINY drop of penetrating oil might help. I just checked on my Cocarette and it slides back and forth to lock or release the film holder. Can you see what letter is exposed? Z or A?
     
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    Sorry, I mis-read you.
     
  6. taulen

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    No problem Dave =)

    I finally got it open today. Had to unscrew the six screws on the top, than I was able to release the hatch. And after I had got it open, I saw the problem. One of the hatches that it was supposed to keep the film-holder down, was a little bent, and therefore stopping me from open it up. I bent it back like it should be, oiled it a bit, and then it glided like never before =) Really happy I got it to work, no I have loaded a film, and will be taking som pictures :smile:

    Thanks people :D
     
  7. Jeff L

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    What lens do you have on your Cocarette? Mine is the lowest model with a single element Frontar by Goerz. I found the actual focus and the focus marks to be way off.
     
  8. taulen

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    I have the 10.5 cm. f/6.3 Contastigmat, I think its one of the low end, but I'm not sure, havent seen to many on the net with this one, and not much information.
    As far as I can see, the focus on my cocarette isnt to far off, but I have only 2,3,5 and infinity. So not much to play with. And the aperture stops at 31 ?