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Helios 44m-4 58mm f/2 review | Jonas Dyhr Rask

Helios 44m-4 58mm f/2 review | Jonas Dyhr Rask | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

Todays blogpost is a review of the Helios 44m-4 58mm f/2 lens. The lens was produced in the old Soviet Union by Jupiter among others from 1958 till 1992 and is one of most mass produced lenses in the world! I bought the M42 screwmount version (hence the 44m name), since I have that adapter, but they made it available in many other mounts. The reason for buying this lens was one thing, and one thing only: The swirley bokeh effect! The lens has, what is referred to as optical vignetting, meaning that out of focus “bokeh-balls” becomes more elipsoid as you move away from the center of the image. Also referred to, as “Cat-eye” effect, this phenomenon gives a pronounced feeling that the background “swirls” around the center focus subject. What really surprised me though, was all the other scenarios this lens was good for! The 58mm focuslength on a APS-C sensor turns into a 87mm FOV equivalent which makes it a really nice medium tele lens. For the streets I was VERY surprised at how well it is doing. And it does amazing with black and white photography. The lens is built like a tank! Seriously. METAL and GLASS….the USSR-way!! My copy is very smooth in the focus ring, and the aperture ring has nice clicks. A good condition lens. Because the lens was built in such superfluous numbers they’re CHEAP…. and I mean REALLY cheap! $10 on ebay and you get a good condition lens…. it’s ridiculous, really.....

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Arnold Barr's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:57 PM

Interesting lens, might have to look for one!

Leo GM's comment, May 25, 2013 1:44 PM
thanks for sharing. just ordered one from eBay. soooo look forward to it
Ivo Freriks's comment, May 25, 2013 2:14 PM
You're welcome. I hope you will enjoy your purchase.
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Fuji 10-24 mm f4 lens | Mike Croshaw

Fuji 10-24 mm f4 lens | Mike Croshaw | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I got hold of this lens recently and have been having a play.  I’m not a landscape photographer really but I still wanted this lens for weddings and to dabble a bit with landscape.  I also think its a pretty useful range to carry around with you, despite the relatively large size of the lens.  At the long end its a 36mm equivalent focal length and can be used to shoot people, and at the wide end, it can turn the ordinary into something a bit special because of the crazy wide angle.  Anyway, here are some shots, so far I love the lens and its a keeper for me......

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