Mi-am cumparat ieri…

…aceasta superbitate de aparat foto!!

L-am gasit la un pret de nimic pe tarabele unui mini targ de antichitati. L-am luat fara sa stau pe ganduri, doar pentru ca mi-a placut. Fara sa stiu nimic despre el ca aparat foto.

Am ajuns acasa si dupa indelungi cautari cu ajutorul bunului prieten Google am gasit o multime de lucruri interesante despre aceasta camera foto.

Interesant de urmarit si acest clip:

De exemplu, am gasit asa ceva:

The Vilia :
A remnant of BelOMO’s more playful days. Between 1973 and 1986, about 2,000,000 of these gems were produced. Since production ceased, their numbers have dwindled, making a mint-condition Vilia an increasingly rare find. Similar to our iconic LC-A Compact, the Vilia was intended as a manual, Soviet workhorse for everyday photography. It has a funky retro design with a hard plastic body reinforced by brushed metal plates on the inside and outside. Kind of a mix between Dad’s favorite wrench and Mom’s prized bakelite Fondue set (for special occasions only)!

As a special detail for the Cyrillic maniacs out there, the Vilia title is boldly emblazoned on the front in both Roman and Cyrillic characters (yes, that says “Vilia” as well). Its fully manual controls require you to think before each shot (..set the distance..check the speed..choose your aperture), but also place total creative freedom into your sweaty palms. Placed inside its twisting barrel lens is a “Triplet” multi-element glass lens that yields dazzling saturation and excellent sharpness. Needless to say, the pictures are beautiful; absolutely drenched in color and vibrance.

“Back to the Future” or “Forward to the Past,” the Vilia is a priceless artifact of a simpler time that charms you with its old-school features while delivering truly gorgeous shots with a special character unattainable by any modern camera.

Sursa: aici.

Si am mai gasit asa ceva, in contradictoriu:

The Vilia is one of the few cameras I only bought for my collec tion. I never liked this camera. It never ap-pealed to me, it didn’t have any nice features, it wasn’t im portant to the understanding of Soviet-Russian cameras, and at 13 I thought it was expen-sive. When I bought it I tried not to think of all the worth while things I could have done with the 30 guilders.

Look ing back I’m still convinced that the Vilia is to-tally in significant, although 13 for a near new one isn’t a really bad deal. I’ve made worse.

To me the Vilia is one of those cheap cameras that people buy be cause “every body ought to have a camera these days”. I won’t deny it takes pic tures, but it’s more like a Lubitel-2for 35 mm than a seri-ous user.

Accord ing to Princelle, the Vilia was manufactured between 1973 and 1986 by MMZ-Be lOMO in Minsk, Belorussia. (MMZ stands for Minskiy Mechanicheskiy Zavod, or the Minsk Mechanical Plant, and it’s not hard to see what the ‘Bel’ in BelOMO stands for. OMO stands for Optical and Mechanical Association.) I have my doubts about the given production span, because my Vilia has serial number 9349046, which seems to indicate it was manufactured in 1993 AD. The production figure given is “over two mil lion”.

The Vilia is made al most entirely of plastic, although the outer casing is clad with metal plates to give it a better finish. The film beams on the inside seem to be metal too. The mechanics are for the greater part also metal. All the plastic gives the camera a bit of a cheap feel. I mean, the unreliable sight of the plastic lens fit ting bob bing up and down as you rotate the focusing ring doesn’t exactly bring joy to my heart.

The Vilia has a central shutter capable of B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and 1/250 sec that does its work when you trip the lever next to the lens. The sound it makes is a bit metallic. The shutter speeds are set by using a ring on the lens barrel.

The control philosophy behind this camera is that you set the film’s sensitivity in GOST on the shutter speed ring (25 GOST = 1/25 sec, 200 GOST = 1/200 secand so on; the speed dial has a special GOST index on the bottom), and that you then adapt the aperture to the current weather conditions by matching a white dot in the viewfinder with the correct type of clouds. That should ensure a perfect exposure.

Focusing is done by rotating the focusing ring. It has both a symbol and a numeric index, and even a DOF scale. Nice. The close focus distance is slightly less than 0,8m. The Newton viewfinder (hazy blue, dis-tort ed) has parallax marks.

The film counter is on the base plate and counts from minus two to thirty-six. It resets automatically when you open the film compartment. The sprocket release is a small pin in the center of the camera. The Vilia has a hot shoe and an X contact, and be-cause it has a central shutter will synchronize at all speeds. On the back is a memo dial for the film sen-sitivity that does nothing apart from helping you re-member. The thumb wind handle has a 150 non-ratcheted stroke with a cheap feel to it. The film pressure plate is made of metal. One of the things I still don’t understand about this camera is why there is a round plug in the back. It makes no sense. It puzzles me.

The tripod mount is left of the center. My Vilia has a carry ing chord that screws into it and fits through a round opening in the cheap carry ing bag.

So you see, there’s not a lot I can say about the Vilia. With cameras like these, it’s not about them, it’s about the pictures they took.

Sursa: aici.

Asa ca nu imi ramane decat sa ma conving singura de calitatea acestui aparat foto. Desi, recunosc – imi place pur si simplu cum arata ;)!



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dan
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 15:32:47

    buna! de curand am intrat si eu in posesia aceluiasi tip de aparat foto. in timp ce cautam pe net diverse despre camera asta am descoperit si blogul tau. in caz ca l-ai folosit si cunosti mai multe despre arta fotografica, in general, ai putea sa-mi spui si mie ce fel de film ai folosit, ce fel de film este cel mai potrivit pt tipul asta de camera, caracteristici, marca. vreau sa ma joc putin cu el, sa vad ce-i poate pielea.


    • Ra
      Apr 20, 2010 @ 22:30:11

      Si eu l-am cumparat duminica si azi am incercat sa-i pun film normal, dar e prea mare cred sau nu stiu eu cum se pune. Am sa ma interesez la un fotograf mai batran, poate stie mai bine. Si eu ard de nerabdar sa il folosesc. De unde l-ai luat si cat ai platit, dc nu te superi ca intreb?! Ma tii la curent dc aflii ceva in plus si viceversa. Mersi mult, o seara frumoasa!! A! mai ai si alte aparate vechi?


      • dan
        Apr 23, 2010 @ 08:04:05

        Nu mai am si alte aparate vechi. Pe asta nu l-am cumparat, l-am descoperit printre niste lucruri mai vechi. Voiam sa-mi cumpar unul nou, digital, dar acum vreau sa-l folosesc pe asta o vreme. Filmul ar trebui sa fie film lat de 35mm. Ar trebui sa scrie pe carcasa filmului un “135”, dupa care ISO-ul si apoi alte cifre care nu stiu ce inseamna. Ca sa bagi filmul in aparat, in caz ca tipul asta de film ai incercat sa-l bagi, trebuie sa impingi in sus cilindrul acela despichat din partea de sus a locasului unde intra filmul, pui filmul si potrivesti acelasi cilindru despicat pe centrul rolei filmului. Daca ai reusit sa pui filmul in aparat si ai facut fotografii, ca sa derulezi filmul, mai intai trebuie sa apesi un butonas metalic care se afla pe fundul aparatului. In continuare, pe mine ma intereseaza care este cel mai potrivit film pentru aparatul asta si anume: color sau alb-negru, marca, poate ISO-ul potrivit – in caz ca lucrul asta influenteaza calitatea fotografiei. Spune-mi, te rog, daca ai reusit sa faci ceva fotografii si cum au iesit dupa developare si printare, eu trebuie sa-l duc pe-al meu la reparat ca imi ramane obturatorul blocat.

      • Ra
        Apr 23, 2010 @ 08:37:53

        Am descoperit cu aj unui baiat cum se pune filmul. Acum am alta belea :)), pe ce apas ca sa fac poza? Pesemne al meu nu merge pt ca pe orice as apasa nu se declanseaza nimic… ISO nu tine de aparat, ci de conditiile de mediu in care faci poza. Ti-as recomanda sa fol iso 200 – e potrivit cam pt orice. Apoi dc fc afara si e soare fol iso cat mai mare. In interior iso 100. Asta dc imi amintesc eu bine… Sper sa nu iti spun tampenii… Daca gasesti pe cineva sa ti-l repare let me know also. As vrea si eu sa il dau la curatat si reparat eventual! O zi frumoasa!!

  2. dan
    Apr 23, 2010 @ 15:56:22

    Declansatorul este pe obiectiv, bucata aia de plastic de pe obiectiv aproape lipita de corpul aparatului. chestia e ca de fiecare data ce apesi pe declansator, trebuie sa misti si tija aceea metalica din spatele aparatului, dreapta sus. Asa aduci urmatorul cadru de film in fata lentilei (sper ca m-am exprimat corect). ISO tine foarte mult de aparat, mai ales la aparatele digitale. In cazul aparatelor pe film am citit pe undeva ca ISO-ul filmului trebuie sa fie acelasi cu al aparatului, care, la Vilia cel putin, se seteaza din spatele aparatului, e acolo un cadran rotund. Doar ca acolo parca scrie (nu sunt sigur acum ca nu am aparatul cu mine) ASA, DIN si GOST. Astea erau standardele atunci, GOST era cel rusesc. ISO este standardul nou. Pozele ce le-ai postat aici, cu ce aparat le-ai facut si cat ai dat pe el? E digital presupun. E d-slr sau compact? Ai folosit setari manuale sau ai folosit auto?


    • Ra
      Apr 23, 2010 @ 22:49:12

      Eu vb despre ISO din ceea ce imi aduc aminte de la aparatele vechi cu film si cumparam filme, asta a fost explicatia pe care am primit-o eu si nu am uitat niciodata. Daca m-a mintit pe mine, te mint si eu pe tine. CU cele digitale e alta poveste. Aparatul cu care fac poze e un Nikon Coolpix L100, e compact. E tarziu acum, dar maine ma uit atenta la Vilia si iti spun ce am reusit sa fac. La majoritatea pozelor imi setez singura aparatul, nu prea merg pe auto in general cand fac poze. Aparatul nu costa mult, e f accesibil. Cam vreo 800 de ron. Nbuna si inca o data multumesc pentru ajutor.


  3. raluca
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 19:33:37

    prin cautarile mele despre vilia am dat peste acest pretios manual http://microsites.lomography.com/vilia/download/vilia_manual.pdf ; enjoy 🙂


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