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The Bilora Bella is a lovely German camera made from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. The cameras featured sturdy, but light, metal bodies in slightly different color variations and styles. This particular camera features blue-gray edging and a taupe body. It is designed to take standard 120 sized medium format film.

Tragically, since this is such a cute camera, it's not working, and is being sold for repair or display. There is something wrong with its shutter mechanism - with the lens full telescoped outwards, the shutter button should depress, but you can't push it down. I am completely stymied by why this isn't working. The shutter mechanism is easy enough to access on this camera, if you do want to try your hand at repairing it (see the last photo in this listing for details). The red window in the back of the camera is also missing.

If you can get the Bella working again, you'd have a really great little camera. There are three shutter speeds (1/100, 1/50, and Bulb) and the lens has a focusing mechanism. What looks like two different available apertures are a little unusual - if you turn the lever to the sun pictograph, you not only get a smaller aperture, but also a yellow filter behind the lens. I can only assume the sun aperture setting was meant only for black and white film.

Cosmetically, the camera is in good condition. It's clean. There are a few scrapes on the painted metal body, and the leatherette has a few small areas of discoloration. The metal ring around the lens has a slight dent in it, and a few scratches on the focusing numbers.

The Bilora Bella takes regular 120 sized film. No respooling needed! It produces 12 images, 2.25" x 2.25" each, per roll. One spare 120 spool is included with this camera.

A manual for a similar camera can be found online here: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/bilora/bilora_bella/bilora_bella.htm

Camera size - 3.75" x 3.5" x 4"
Camera weight - 15 oz.

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Bilora Bella 66 - 120 camera


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: glass, camera, sheet metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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