Helios has landed.

by Berckmans Peter April. 19, 2019 327 views

There is a new toy in my camerabag. It is the Helios 44M 2/58. an old sovjet lens from 1979 with an aperture of f2.0 and a focuslenght of 58mm , that is on my camera around 85mm. These lenses are a bit famous for there bokeh to be exact swirly bokeh. This effect is best seen on a full frame camera on mu aspc it is much less. It is build like a tank, completly metal and has a nice weight to it. 8 aperture blades and everything is manual.

I knew of these lens already a long time , and I have always wanted one. You can pick them up on amazon or ebay for around the 35 a 40 Euros. For that price you get a cult lens that is fun to work with. Coming out of the analog times, it is not the sharpest lens, but for portraits, I think gonna use it for that mostly , that is fine. And the photos have charactre.

Today my Helios arrived in the post and could not wait to try it out. So I went to the cemetry Schoonselhof here in Antwerp, a favourite place of mine to try out new gear. It is always quiet there and today the weather was good.

Her you can see a bit of the swirly bokeh.

If you are in the market for a vintage lens, consider this one. It is cheap, build well and the results are pleasing.I find it can keep its own against my Fuji XF35mm( eq 50 mm ) f1.4, not in sharpness, but in bokeh for sure and creativity.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing this information!

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 7 months, 3 weeks ago

It is a good fun lens

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Jolien Dekens 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Beautiful pictures! I really like the swirly bokeh :)
Must be great to have such a lens! It has a whole history of its own.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jolien Dekens 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You can pick them up really cheap. Must say I am happy with it.

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Russell Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That seems like a fun lens. One reason I keep eyeballing switching over to mirrorless is for the old lenses and the ability to use them. Sure they may not be as sharp but they have a character that is hard to reproduce in the modern lenses. I think while sharp images are important but there are times and subjects that character is more important :). When I first read the name of the title the lens was not even in my mind I was thinking of the Titan Helios hehe.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The old Russians are great,check out Jupiter lenses. After  WW2 they just took the Zeis compagny and brought them to Russia. Even the old ones have Zeis glass in them. They have quite a following.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Olivier Ovaguimian 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Those pictures are great. It seems fun to play with this lens

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Olivier Ovaguimian 7 months, 3 weeks ago

It is good fun. Brings back the analoge time when everything was manual.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lynn F Medley 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I very much like #8 😊

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Lynn F Medley 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That one is nice ,thanks

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Shane Coleman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Peter, you have a good eye!

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Shane Coleman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Shane

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Very nice series Peter. Had to look it up and then went to Amazon in search of. Every comment about this lens, just like yours is full of adoration. Looks like it might be something I could put in my bag without feeling too guilty as far a cost. Thanks for sharing and enticing me, If did notice that your exif can't read the aperture value.....interesting.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 7 months, 3 weeks ago

It is a fun lens. No electronics at all in the lens so no readout of aperture. Just forgot to change the focuslenght in my camerabody it should read 58mm.  Can we change the exif manually in pb?

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't think we can change the exif.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe we should be able to change it. Could help analog shooters or in this case a manual lens.

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