This camera is a Contessa-Nettel Deckrullo presscamera. It's filmsize
is 10*15 cm. In the back it has a plateholder magazine for 12 plates.
Plates are changed by pulling outwards from the handle and then pushing
it back. This camera is very heavy and in my opinion not very good for
hand held shots and let's imagine the big magnesium flash added to this
camera which makes it even more heavier. Or an optional tele-bellows
and lens which nearly doubles the length of the camera. The shutter mechanism in these early
deckrullo cameras was
and is still a nightmare to repair. The shutter mechanism is also quite
unreliable due to the functionality of the focalplane shutter being
partly based on friction. Also though not apparent in these pictures,
the strut mechanism isn't as sturdy as it might seem.
I finally got the shutter to work. Now that I got it fully working I
have started to understand why it was designed like this. I recently
got myself a Contax II and a repair manual for it. When examining the
Contax and reading thru the manual, I noticed that the Contax II's
shutter is a descendant of the deckrullo shutter. Also some of the
problems with deckrullo have been fixed with Contax II. The idea behind
this shutter is great, but there is one thing that mainly causes
most of the problems with this kind of a shutter and it is the shutter
curtain ribbons. The material used in the ribbons has to be exactly the
same as used originally, otherwise there either is not enough friction
or too much of it. Also with time and use the ribbons wears out and lose
their friction and cause the shutter gap not to stay closed when
winding the shutter.
Here is a link to
pictures taken during repair of the shutter.
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