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An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
|Seller Notes:||“The Lens is in Good Condition, without fungus. Cleaning marks on the front optical element, but its does not affect to image. The diaphragm-control ring turns smoothly and accurate. The focus is smooth and precise. There is a small amount of oil on the diaphragms petals.”|
|Model:||44-2||Focal Length Type:||Fixed/Prime|
|Focal Length:||58mm||Compatible Brand:||For Zenit, For Pentax|
|Country/Region of Manufacture:||Russian Federation||Maximum Aperture:||f/2|
|Series:||Sony Alpha||Focus Type:||Manual|
|For photography lovers looking for a camera lens that captures clear foreground images while providing unique and beautiful bokeh affects, the Helios 44-2 is worth considering. Lens construction within this Helios camera lens for Zenit/Pentax is six elements in four groups. Though it was made in the early 1990s, this 58 mm f/2.0 lens is compatible with many DSLR cameras with an adapter. It attaches to traditional, 35-mm cameras via the M42 x 1 thread. The Helios 44-2 features a maximum focal aperture of f/2.0. High focal apertures yield pictures with detail finer than what is perceived with the human eye. The aperture of this Helios camera lens for Zenit/Pentax is manually adjusted via the aperture ring. Focal length varies a little in this 58 mm f/2.0 lens from 58-60 mm. Because of its adaptability, one-of-a-kind bokeh effects, and high focal aperture, the Helios 44-2 is a fine camera lens for producing photos with unique effects.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||114209170|
|Product Key Features|
|Compatible Brand||For Zenit, For Pentax|
|Focal Length Type||Fixed/Prime|
|Additional Product Features|
|Focal Length (mm)||58mm|
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This lens reminds me of the 1980’s - the years of Lomo and Zenit cameras. Helios 44 was standard on the Zenit and - if I remember correctly - optional on a Zorki. I have a drawer full of 50mm lenses, from modern Sony’s and Canons through Sigmas and all manual SLRMagic f/1.1 to older Maxxums and Rokkors all the way to classic Yashicas and Takumars. My all-time favorite is the 50mm f/1.2 Tomioka, the fastest 50 for m42 mount ever. I love the Tomioka not just for being a 1.2 but for its magic bokeh producing an impression, or rather a suggestion of gentle concentric rings capturing the viewer’s focus onto the eyes of the subject. Now the Helios can somehow do the same trick, but at f/2 instead of f/1.2, and at 10% of the price. If you shoot mirrorless or canon or A-mount, you have no excuse. Buy one today and have fun! One thing that I don’t like about the Helios is it’s ergonomics: the aperture and focus rings seem to be in the wrong places: aperture near the front of the lens and focus on the rear, opposite of most lenses you can encounter today. After a few minutes you will get used to it though and the lens will be pure fun!
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Excellent lens for the artistic photographer
This lens is excellent for portraits or other low depth of field work wide open. At f/2, assuming you are using it full-frame, expect blurry corners, and a sharp center. This is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your subject and how you want to portray it. At f/5.6 and higher, the entire image will be extremely sharp, on par with the best 35mm lenses. The quality of the out of focus areas is one of the main reasons to get this lens. Like many former USSR lenses, it is excellent. It can produce swirling out of focus highlights in some situations. The background looks as if it was painted with brush strokes. Flare for this lens is greater than most other lenses of similar focal length. This may vary depending on your copy. My copy is single-coated. On the plus side, the front element is recessed, providing an ad-hoc lens hood. Still, it's better to also attach a real lens hood if flare is a concern. Then you won't need to worry about flare, unless your light source is in the frame. Build quality is good - solid metal, and compact. If you are looking for absolute sharpness wide open, I don't recommend this. It excels at artistic effect. If sharpness is what matters to you, you'd be better off buying a good 50mm f/1.4 and using it at f/2.0 or f/2.8. In summary, you get two lenses in one - a super sharp f/5.6+ and an artistic low-dof f/2.0.
Beautifully made European lens and image quality. Easy to use on Canon DSLR
A classic European lens; the Helios 44M series is possibly the MOST mass produced standard lens in the history of photography. It's a German design refined by the Russian optical industry. It was the standard lens on Zenit 35mm SLR cameras for decades. It has been rediscovered in the last few years as a brilliant lens to adapt to modern DSLR digital cameras. The soft quality and extraordinairy "bokeh" of this lens is legendary. But make no mistake, if you stop it down to f/8 it's a sharp performer too. it fits well to my Canon EOS 5D Mk I body. The one I bought from a Ukraine seller was a Chrome model from 1960. This all metal lens will blow you away with its size, weight and durability. F stop clicks are nearly silent for shooting video, and focus is smooth, though a bit stiff on my copy. You may find some scratch marks or imperfections on your lens as I did. This means you got a good one! Back in Soviet Russia production numbers were more important than quality construction. So often a photographer would take home a Zenit SLR with 4 or more copies of a lens to test! When he found the best one he would return the others. Often photographers would lend each other a good sample of a lens. So a heavily used lens meant it was good from the factory. So don't be afraid of a few small scratches. The seller I bought this from adjusted focus for Canon DSLR mounts. He also included an M39 to M42 lens thread adaptor so I could mount it right to my Canon and shoot. Great for low light portraits since the focal length is a bit longer than 50mm and helps minimize spatial distortion. It focuses close too. Just put your camera in "M" or "A" mode and make some old school low light photos. It's one tenth the price of a new Canon 50mm 1.4, and though not as fast, it has a unique image quality modern lenses can't match.
Fantastic piece of equipment
Awesome image quality. The way the lens handles light can get you some really sick shots. The microcontrast is fantastic.Can be a bit hard to figure out exposure with the aperture not being electronic at all, you'll have to figure out your lens' native aperture, and the manual focusing can be hard with larger apertures so you'll want to make sure to get an adapter with focus confirmation but once you get used to it it's not too bad and totally worth it. Definitely a great buy for $50.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: anzelm18
"Small with several desireable uses"
I do photos and I use different lens from normal to wide and also long lens. My Jena 2.8/80 is my first choice on normal photos and other general use. But is also a good choice for macro photos. I do not do digital photos. I do strictly film photography. I don't have functional issues with my Jena 2.8/80mm Biometar Lens. A good buy for my pertacon six camera and a lot of inches of film to do and look.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: ussr_photo_goods