Showcase Helios 44-2 58mm F/2

Eugg

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Nex 6 and Helios 44-2 58mm F/2,
I like this combo

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few more pics

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I used to have 44-2 on Canon. As I recall it was pretty soft at all apertures but had killer swirly bokeh. Unfortunately I destroyed it trying to clean the internal grime. From what I read the latest copies (past -4) are supposed to be sharper.
 
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It's a tradition here in The Netherlands to have flea markets on King's Day (birthday of our King, which is today) and at the one nearby I picked up a Helios-44M 58mm 1:2. A quick test revealed that it's sharp and contrasty in the center from f/2.8 but it never really sharpens up in the corners. Oh well, such a lens is more fun when using it wide-open to get a dreamy look and the famous swirly bokeh. Like this. Added some clarity reduction to enhance the glowy rendition and some extra vibrance.

 

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Corner sharpness??? It's not what this lens is for :D :D :D f/2 or die :D (j/k)
Do you guys know a good reliable US source for this? I don't feel comfortable ordering it from Ukraine or Russia.
 
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Great images! These remind me of my two Zenit SLRs (made in USSR) with Helios 58/2.0 lenses lying somewhere in the house. I need to find them. Wonder how much I could sell them for.
 

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I give you 50 shipped paypaled for the lens only if there was no fungus or any mechanical wear on it :D
 

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Love the flare!

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Awesome images, looks like there's a few of us enjoying this lens!!
relatively new to MF and legacy lenses, but i've purchased a few lately after realising the images i can get from such an old inexpensive piece of glass. I surfed these forums a lot before purchasing, and I wasn't disappointed.
They really are a cool lenses, no matter what anyone says, ha!
so much fun and once you get the MF quick enough you can really enjoy the lens.

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These are only screen crops, so they aren't the best quality.
Sorry for all the images, But I had a couple days to play with the helios.
 

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Wide open on a NEX6
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I just picked up one in Hungary for $28 including a working Zenit SLR camera :D super excited. It looks so silly on the A7 but I can't wait to see what it can do...
 

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Wide open on an A7 (actually it is a 44-3 version so cheating a bit)
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