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Monday, February 8, 2021

Five Frames, Helios 44-2 58mm F2, First Impression

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Olympus E-P5, Helios 44-2 58mm F2

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Helios 44-2 58mm F2, very strong first impression.

The Helios 44-2 58mm 1:2, a copy of the Zeiss Biotar 2/58, is one of the most popular lenses produced for the Zenit-E series cameras. The lens is single coated, has 6 elements in 4-groups construction with an aperture range from f/2 to f/16 (f/22 later), comes with an M42 mount, and is fully manual with the added advantage of being a preset lens.

Despite its mass-produced and low-cost conjectures, the Helios 44-2 58mm is a much sought-after lens by photo enthusiasts and experimental cinematographers as a 'bokeh master', a lens with good swirling bokeh, and remarkable and unmatched color retention. Admittedly, these first impression images are short of these accolades.

Olympus E-P5, Helios 44-2 58mm F2

The lens was produced in several variations, which include the Helios-44-2, Helios 44-3, Helios 44-3M, Helios-44M, Helios-44M-4, and Helios-44M-6, which are known to have different characteristics from each other. And like a lot of vintage lenses where quality standards are not inherent in the production process, you have to always be aware of the choices you are making with the purchase.




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