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.