Lomopedia: BeLomo Vilia

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A simple yet elegant viewfinder camera, the BelOMO was made as a workhorse for everyday use during the Soviet Era. Find out more about this popular all-manual plastic camera in this installment of Lomopedia!

Photos by cornborn

Manufactured by Belorussia Optical and Mechanical Association (BelOMO) between 1973 and 1986, the BelOMO Vilia was an all-manual 35mm viewfinder camera made for everyday photography. Around 2 million units of this simple yet elegant plastic camera were made, but the numbers have dwindled since production was halted. Many notice that it looks like an improved Smena Symbol, especially since it also uses a symbolic system for exposure setting like the Smena 9M and Smena Symbol.

Technical Specifications:

  • Film type: All standard 35mm
  • Lens: Triplet-69-3 (ТРИППЕТ) 40mm f/4, coated glass, filter thread 46mm
  • Focal range: 0.8m to infinity
  • Focusing: manual front cell focusing, symbols on the distance scale (portrait, group portrait, group, landscape) and DOF scale
  • Viewfinder: bright frame, w/ parallax correction lines
  • Shutter: Leaf type
  • Shutter speeds: B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250
  • Aperture Settings: F/4, F/5.6, F/8, F/11, F/16; setting by a small lever below the lens
  • Cocking lever: also winds the film, short stroke, on the back of the camera
  • Frame counter: auto-reset, additive type, window on the bottom plate
  • Rewind lever: folding crank, on the top plate
  • Re-wind release: button on the bottom plate
  • Memory dial: on the back of the top plate
  • Flash Apparatus: Standard hot shoe, sync at all Shutter Speeds
  • Weight 370 grams (0.8lb) (Camera Only)
  • Size: 13cm (5.1") x 8cm (3.15") x 6.5cm (2.5") (Camera Only)
Credits: zorki, srmarcus, lomovan, juditto, anthropus, cornborn, lazybuddha & marcel2cv

All information for this article were sourced from BelOMO Vilia Microsite on Lomography and Camerapedia.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-02-24 in #reviews #lomopedia #35mm #lomography #belomo #belomo-vilia #soviet-camera

3 Comments

  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Black beauty...^..^

  2. marcel2cv
    marcel2cv ·

    Thanks for using my photos! :)

  3. mighty_pig
    mighty_pig ·

    It should be ТРИПЛЕТ.

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