The Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 lens is a well-known m42 screw mount Russian lens that were seen on Zenit cameras back in the day. Of the many m42 mount lenses, this is one of the most popular due to its unique characteristics listed below (http://amzn.to/2oBJpVC - Quick Link to like new / used Helios 44-2 58mm lenses like the one in the video). [Learn more below]
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It's popularity has been steady as new photographers buy these old, used camera lenses for use on DSLR cameras as well as old 35mm film cameras that they were originally designed to be used with.
The Helios 44-2 is a 58mm lens with an f range between f/2 to f/16. The most notable thing about this lens is that it has the same optical formula as the Zeiss Biotar in terms of groups and elements (6 elements, 4 groups), but can be bought for a fraction of the price. It was made in m42, m39, Pentax K bayonet and Zenit Bayonet. The lens filter thread is 49mm and it weighs in at about 230 grams. Minimum focus distance comes in around 19.6 inches. The lens has been said to have been made in both single and multicoated versions.
Helios 44-2 58mm f2 lens test footage vid:
These lenses, as stated above, are Russian lenses that could be found on Zenit cameras. Of course, they can be mounted on any m42 camera and anything that has a m42 adapter built for it (like the Panasonic GF2 that it is being used on now). It has been known to be made by KMZ (most likely the manufacturer of the lens featured here), MMZ, and / or Jupiter in the past. This lens is said to be one of the most mass produced lenses in the world.
Photographers love the swirly bokeh. The bokeh balls seem to swirl around the center. People love to shoot foliage with it, but does well for portraiture and street photography. After some research, it seems like the alteration of the permanent f/2 was not unfounded as many prefer to shoot it at f/2 due to the decrease in sharpness when stopped down, depending on the particular copy that has been acquired. Because of the mass production of the lens, some comment about varying quality issues and differences from one copy to another. But, for the price, this is a great lens for its unique characteristics and for those needing something in the focal length. It's definitely well-built with it's metal construction made the old Russian way.
This lens was purchased as part of a lens set with other m42 camera lenses as well as some Konica AR Hexanon lenses and adapters. The 58mm lens. The whole set was a nice range from 28mm to 58mm, so a great buy for the price. This lens has been used primarily as a portrait lens to take pics of friends, family and pets as well as plants and flowers due to unique bokeh. The only thing was the aperture ring modification, but it's great at f2, so no complaints. This lens is just as unique for video as well as. If you're looking for a different framing at f/2 than a 50mm, this is a great way to get a distinct look and feel. Back up a tad (from 50mm land) and you'll be pleasantly or wildy surprised with the results of this old legacy camera lens.
People that collect lenses, especially in the m42 lens mount, know a thing or two about Russian lenses. Among the notable names is Helios. Due to being mass-produced back in the day, there are many copies floating around. If you're searching for an affordable, vintage 58mm lens, check out this Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 camera lens in m42 mount.
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