Have I mentioned how much I love the Helios 44 series lenses? It's not as fast as my canon 1.4 and not as sharp wide open but it has wonderful character including some bokeh all it's own. I was in a friend's wedding a few weeks ago and figured it was a good excuse to bring out the Helios, I like to use it for more "artsy" shots. I'm glad I brought it along as the official wedding photographers left before the garter and bouquet toss and that's always one of the most memorable moments. The effective focal length of 87 means I had to back out to get the garter/bouquet photos, it also made "people sniping" easier. So, in no particular order here are a few shots. These first three photos are jpg "rich monotone" setting which is HDR but in black and white. I really like the richer dynamic range without the overbaked look that HDR often has. ===================================== Rehearsal ===================================== ===================================== Day of the wedding ===================================== The rest of these photos were shot RAW and then postprocessed in Lightroom 4. The Helios is flare prone, I have a rubber collapsible hood on at all times, but even when it does flare the results are often pleasing. Deadly sharp is this lens. It's a personal taste thing, but I love love love the busy bokeh this lens can give. If you don't have one of these lenses you can get them on ebay for $30-$60 with shipping. With all russian lenses it a bit of a lottery. I bought mine from a usa owner so I paid $70 for it knowing I could easily return it if it wasn't as described, and wouldn't have to wait a week to get it.