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Helios-44-2 58mm f/2

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-05-23


Helios-44-2 58mm f/2

Specs:

Lens:
58mm

Aperture:
f/2 to f/16
8 bladed aperure

Focus:
Infinit to 0.5m (1.6ft)

Mount:
M42

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)


Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Wide open have good center sharpness but quite a lot of corner softness and vignetting.
The lens is great from f/4 or less.
Helios-44-2 58mm
                              f/2
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f/2 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Great!
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Digital
Pictures taken with a Canon 500D at ISO100 and I used a M42 to Canon mount adapter
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                                                          58mm f/2
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f/2 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
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                                                          58mm f/2

Flare
Can get quite a lot of flare.
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                                                          58mm f/2



More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/helios-44-2-58mm-f2/



Filming
Helios-44-2 58mm f/2

Build quality

Really good!
Very solid and well put together.


Conclusion

Famous lens that is renowned for its nice bokeh and I can't say that i'm disappointed there.
Also seems to be popular to use as a macro lens with extension tubes.
With great center sharpness and nice bokeh makes this lens is ideal for that.

Most parts a great lens but not at everything.

Thumbs up:
Bokeh
Center sharpness

Thumbs down:
Flare
Corner softness wide open



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Film: Rollei Retro 400s
Developer: Kodak D76

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