View Full Version : Contessa Nettel Deckrullo question

07-26-2007, 02:29 AM
I came by a nice camera in very good shape, except for the missing ground glass and plate magazine. It is a Contessa Nettel Deckrullo NR. 120 (10cmx15cm size negative and with a 18cm/f4.5 Tessar). I believe the size is very close to 4x6 inches. Does that mean that I need to get a 5x7 ground glass and cut it down to 4x6? Any good sources for ground glass outside of Ebay?


Dan Fromm
07-26-2007, 06:07 AM
Use Google to find SatinSnow.

But be aware that because of a family catastrophe and his backlog, Dave may take some time to reply.

07-26-2007, 06:25 AM
What Dan said - see other links to Satin Snow ground glass on the site - for info, I have had good and helpful dealings with Dave Parker at Satin Snow, and my new glass arrived this month. I'd commend him and his product.
I originally ordered in January, if that helps you work out if the time scal's suitable for you. I'd guess it may be rather longer if you were to order right now.
Best wishes

07-26-2007, 10:28 AM
Thanks, I'll give it a try.

07-27-2007, 04:30 AM
It really isn't hard to make your own ground glass with some grinding paste. I use the stuff for lapping in engine valves which you can buy from car parts stores. The difficult bit is getting glas thin enough, window glass is usually too thick but a recycled glass plate can be perfect.

I have also taken glass into sand blasting specialists and asked them to blast it for me. Actually, sand blasting is too coarse, it needs to be 'bead blasting' with the finest beads possible. This takes them about 30 seconds to do and when I asked nicely and explained what it was for they happily did it for free. They did me a big sheet of glass (10- X 12 or something) and I was able to cut it up and repair many cameras with it.