Russian Vintage Lens - The Helios 44-2

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Introducing the Helios 44-2

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The Helios 44 is a vintage lens that was made in the USSR. There are several different versions of this model, but I was able to get a hold of the 44-2.

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It is a 58mm f/2 lens. This lens has pretty inexpensive for being a such a fast aperture and it is a pretty sturdy lens considering how old they are.

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I bought this thing a while ago and have used it on several occasions for shoots around the home and even in one of my paid photo sessions.


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The lens is full manual focus and aperture control so it takes some getting used to if you aren't familiar with focusing in manual. Luckily with my video background and all of the macro photography that I do, manual focusing is becoming second nature.


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The most distinctive feature about this lens and the one thing that has made it somewhat of a collectors item amongst the fine art photography community is the swirly bokeh effect.


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The colors where very good with this lens. Overall I was very impressed with my $70 purchase on Ebay for such a cool little lens. I am planning on getting another one and modifying it. For more info on how to do it, check out this video made by an amazing photographer @bil.prag

How not to modify your lens (interesting result) - video and sample photos

The modified version gives a very drastic dreamlike effect that is awesome for video and dreamy pictures.

Well, before I end this post I want to share one last photo. This is what my dog Titus would do every time I would try and get him to look at me to get a photo of him.


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Great photography. Keep it up!

That bokeh game is strong!

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Thank you. The bokeh on this lens is pretty sweet.

One of my favourites vintage lenses of all time :-)
Built like a tank, swirly bokeh and that smooth manual focus ring :D
Nice shots and glad to see you enjoying the lens to :)

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Thanks. This lens is awesome. Super sharp and I really like that bokeh. I am going to look at ordering another one and modifying it to get even more of an effect. You flip one of the pieces of glass around in there. It is crazy how awesome it can look.

Cool photo👍👍👍

That's a great deal for the price. I enjoy using old manual focus prime lenses. Nice bokeh!

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Thank you. I want to get some more of these lenses. They all can make some pretty great pictures.

Old lens are great especially for movie making. I got 4 old nikon manual lens and atached them to my canon dslr. I love the way the give everything a cinematic look.

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I have a friend that shoots video on an old anamorphic lens and he loves it.

I like the bokeh 😍 it's very beautiful. I have never seen the lens, can you mention the price sir ?

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He said $70. Old manual lens can be picked up quite cheaply if you shop around. Getting it to fit your camera may require an adapter.

Photos are amazing. Your lens is of high quality.

really nice shots and Titus is beautiful, thanks for sharing x

These are awesome!!! i gotta get me one of those helios lenses!!