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Vilia | by Süleyman (Deceased 04.2012)
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Вилия = Vilia, a river flowing through Belorussia and Lithuania

Manufactured by MMZ ( BelOMO), Minsk, Belorussia, former USSR

MMZ logo on the lens

Model: c. 1980, Type 4a

All Vilia produced between 1973-86 with quantity about 2.000.000 units

There are 4 types and 7 sub-types of the camera

As to Alexander Komarov

35mm film Viewfinder camera

Lens: Triplet-69-3 (ТРИППЕТ) 46mm f/4, coated glass, filter thread 46mm,

Aperture: up to f/16 setting: by a small lever below the lens, four leaf diaphragm has a nearly square opening

Focus range: 0.8- 8m +inf

Focusing: manual front cell focusing, symbols on the distance scale (portrait, group portrait, group, landscape) and DOF scale

Shutter: leaf type , speeds: 1/30-1/250 +B, setting. Ring and scale on the lens-shutter barrel

Film speed: GOST/ASA 32-250

Symbolic system of exposure setting: give the film speed by a scale on the ring, now shutter speed is preset according to film speed scale, then exposure is adjusted by changing the aperture from 4 (heavy clouds/rain) to 16 (bright sun). Weather symbols are visible at the bottom of the viewfinder and are pointed by a small bright dot, depending of aperture setting.

Shutter release: on the shutter

Cable release socket: none

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

Viewfinder: bright frame, w/ parallax correction lines

Re-wind lever: folding crank, on the top plate

Re-wind release: button on the bottom plate

Flash PC socket: on the left side of the camera


Memory dial : on the back of the top plate

Self-timer: none

Back cover: hinged, opens by a sliding latch

on the left side of the camera

Tripod socket: ¼"

Strap lugs : none

Body: plastic; Weight: 357g

Serial no. 7559644 on the bottom plate

More info: in Alfred Klomp Camera Page, in Camerapedia, in Fotoua by Alexandr Komarov


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Taken on March 2, 2012