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    Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    I recently purchased some "newly made" ground glass from that auction site and was pretty disappointed. The glass had a milky white color and was not easy to get a good focus. I need to replace the glass on an 8X10 and an 11X14 Century Studio Camera. I have seen a few threads on the forum that mention replacements for specific cameras - but has anyone run across a reliable supplier for custom ground glass that is good quality?

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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    Steve Hopf, he is very friendly and easy to work with and make a superior product. http://www.hopfglass.com/
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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    I make my own, have done for a more than a year or two now, that way I get the screens I need and can use, and I'm well into the 100's now . More importantlY I control the finess and quality. Steve Hopf makes great screens, I have bought from him in the past and can recommend hm.

    However there isn't a perfect screen, some people prefer a very fine milky screen and a big dark clothplus an hout to get adjusted It's about finding a good balance that suits you, the way I grind my screens I can use a plain screen in quite low light and it's not too hard to focus. Add a fresnel and it's very easy.

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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    is satin snow still available?

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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbender View Post
    is satin snow still available?
    No.

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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubert View Post
    The glass had a milky white color and was not easy to get a good focus.
    Perhaps you received "opal glass".

    Opal glass has a distinct milky white surface on one side; the other side is clear.

    It's commonly used as the surface for light tables (in large sizes) or light boxes.

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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    I've been on the search for a few years. I used to by glass from Deardorffs supplier. It was called Satin Ground. I felt it was a nice glass. Their minimum order was 25 sheets and the quality was consistant. Then they changed their minimum to 100 sheets and a few months later they went out of business, I always could grind it myself and started to. I've seen some of Steve Hopfs and it is beautiful. Try his.
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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    I make my own as well. Very easy to do with a little elbow grease and some aluminum oxide powder. I've been using some nice thin glass from surplusshed that works very well for making screens for small classic German folders, which require a very thin screen. It might be too thin for 8x10 though (although it would be very light).

    http://www.surplusshed.com/pages/item/m3012.html

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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    I have a Wista ground glass for sale; I think it's the best screen available.
    Contact me for more details.
    If not, Steve Hopf makes good GG, and Yanke brand on eBay is good, too.

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    Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    Have somebody tried the acrylic ground glass that Richard Ritter use on his cameras? How does it compare to Hopf? What do you prefer?

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