|FAMOUS LENS WHACKING HELIOUS 58MM F/2 44 M42 SHARP MANUAL FOCUS PORTRAIT LENS|
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|For photography lovers looking for a camera lens that captures clear foreground images while providing unique and beautiful bokeh affects, the Helios 44-2 is worth considering. Lens construction within this Helios camera lens for Zenit/Pentax is six elements in four groups. Though it was made in the early 1990s, this 58 mm f/2.0 lens is compatible with many DSLR cameras with an adapter. It attaches to traditional, 35-mm cameras via the M42 x 1 thread. The Helios 44-2 features a maximum focal aperture of f/2.0. High focal apertures yield pictures with detail finer than what is perceived with the human eye. The aperture of this Helios camera lens for Zenit/Pentax is manually adjusted via the aperture ring. Focal length varies a little in this 58 mm f/2.0 lens from 58-60 mm. Because of its adaptability, one-of-a-kind bokeh effects, and high focal aperture, the Helios 44-2 is a fine camera lens for producing photos with unique effects.|
|Focal Length (mm)||58 mm|
|Compatible Brand||Pentax, Zenit|
Average review score based on 14 user reviews
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This lens is excellent for portraits or other low depth of field work wide open. At f/2, assuming you are using it full-frame, expect blurry corners, and a sharp center. This is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your subject and how you want to portray it. At f/5.6 and higher, the entire image will be extremely sharp, on par with the best 35mm lenses.
The quality of the out of focus areas is one of the main reasons to get this lens. Like many former USSR lenses, it is excellent. It can produce swirling out of focus highlights in some situations. The background looks as if it was painted with brush strokes.
Flare for this lens is greater than most other lenses of similar focal length. This may vary depending on your copy. My copy is single-coated. On the plus side, the front element is recessed, providing an ad-hoc lens hood. Still, it's better to also attach a real lens hood if flare is a concern. Then you won't need to worry about flare, unless your light source is in the frame.
Build quality is good - solid metal, and compact.
If you are looking for absolute sharpness wide open, I don't recommend this. It excels at artistic effect. If sharpness is what matters to you, you'd be better off buying a good 50mm f/1.4 and using it at f/2.0 or f/2.8.
In summary, you get two lenses in one - a super sharp f/5.6+ and an artistic low-dof f/2.0.
The Helios 44-series lenses are legends that have been allowed to rise again due to the mirrorless craze. Russian built with Zeiss designs following WWII war reparations, they became the most-made lens of all time by a wide margin. Solid steel with the feel of a tank, they endure. The glass is by many opinions flawed because it isn't perfect in the modern sense of the word... and many people today like perfect. But what these lenses have is character and they have gobs of it. The vivid, saturated colours emphasizing beaming greens combined with the sharpness and Zeiss-clone bokeh mean that your photos might not always be the most exact reproduction of what you're shooting, but they will always be interesting renditions. Every photographer should spend time shooting with a Helios 44-series. It develops skills with light and background that modern lenses can't teach. The preset aperture is ideal for the mirrorless world, assisting with focusing tasks superbly. I own the multiple copies/generations of the 44-2, 44-3, and the rarer 44-3M. My favourite amongst them is the multi-coated 44-3 which tolerates direct lights a tiny bit better, but you really can't go wrong with any version. If you want shots that really stand out, one of these should be in your kit. It'll turn your photography into art and people will continuously ask how you got that shot. Once you shoot with one, you'll never part ways. It's most notable weakness is flare, so I recommend a hood.
Bought to use in a Canon 550d (Rebel T2i)for photo and video shooting. It allows really clean, clear and beautiful images due to its F/2.0 and great quality glass.
I had to declick it to reduce noise for video shooting.
Before buying a FD lens be aware to the crop factor difference, for exemple, in my 550d this lens it becomes about a 82mm.
It requires pacience to get used to use manual focus but it's so worthwhile near actual canon lenses, especially for its price.
Excellent over-all prime lens for any camera (with suitable lens mount adapter). Wide aperture range and very strong construction. With full frame cameras, it would also serve as a wide- lens. Excellent quality optics.
Shouldn't say that because prices will get higher and higher but the Helios 44-2 2/58 is more than good value for the money. Accepting you'll have to learn again playing with focus and aperture rings, you'll get sharp images with reasonably soft edges and kind of a vintage look. Once in your hand, it's cold (due to the metal build), heavier than equivalent modern lenses but definitly a pleasure to play with.
Addiction to M42 lenses is not really far...