The Vilia is a 35mm camera produced between 1973 and 1986 by BelOMO, a former Soviet optical company based in Minsk, Belarus.
A simple and virtually fuss-free camera, the Vilia possesses an excellent high-contrast glass lens, a leaf-type shutter, plus multiple aperture and shutter speed settings that you can manually control. Aesthetically speaking, the Vilia’s design is somewhat similar to Smena Symbol. During its production, only around 2,000,000 units have been produced.
A lightweight and compact contender in the 35mm SLR division, the Contax Aria boasts a well-designed feature set and a crisp Zeiss lens that will be surely loved by collectors and film photography enthusiasts.
This article is dedicated to the multifaceted American photographer George Krause and to his series depicting funeral monuments realized between 1962 and 1963. I was able to know about this series thanks to an important essay on photography written by former Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director of Photography, John Szarkowski. For this tribute, I loaded my trusty Praktica camera with a roll of Ilford film and took a series of photos in the Monumental Cemetery in my city, Como. Take a look!
Boasting tack-sharp images and dependability with its mechanical features, it’s no wonder that the Vivitar 35ES has quite a fan following. Learn more about this 35mm rangefinder in this installment of Lomopedia.
Wide-angle shooters will surely like this one. Made to be a disposable camera, the modification-ready Konica Wai Wai has made many film photography enthusiasts swoon with its distinctive wide-angle shooting and remarkable effects. Read on to find out more about this peculiar-looking camera in this installment of Lomopedia.
This article is a tribute to Michael Williamson, who documented the living conditions of the sharecroppers of the cotton plantations of Alabama 50 years after the famous report by Walker Evans and James Agee. Williamson worked with the writer Dale Maharidge between 1986 and 1988. Read more after the jump!