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04-10-2014, 08:22 AM   #2761
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Helios 44 (not a "44-2"), wide open @ f2, MFD, ISO 160, 1/5000's, SOOC ... (x-post)
Jolie le boukeh dans cette photo, j'adore le noir et les petits coups de brosses au fond des autres fleurs !! Felicitations !!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Helios 44 (not a "44-2"), wide open @ f2, MFD, ISO 160, 1/5000's, SOOC ... (x-post)
Nice one! Is your helios 44 in m39 mount? (How many different 44's models are there? not counting the 44-2 or higher -)

From me another picture from a m39 mount helios 44 (chrome/silvery finish and 13 aperture blades)

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Nice one! Is your helios 44 in m39 mount? (How many different 44's models are there? not counting the 44-2 or higher -)

From me another picture from a m39 mount helios 44 (chrome/silvery finish and 13 aperture blades.
Salut maigret,

Another great capture with your M39/13 blade 44 ... which I want so badly ...

Mine is a M42/8 blade version as seen here ... plus here are two more wide open SOOC test shots ... really liking this "44" ... J





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Magnifique SOOC shots, Jean!

I should look into some Helios action... the 44K isn't all that expensive on Ebay. Like 65-80 dollars shipped from Russia or Ukraine.

Not sure about the 77, a bit too swirly for me... quite more expensive as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jorgario Quote
Jolie le boukeh dans cette photo, j'adore le noir et les petits coups de brosses au fond des autres fleurs !! Felicitations !!!
Merci ... thanks a lot, J

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Magnifique SOOC shots, Jean!

I should look into some Helios action... the 44K isn't all that expensive on Ebay. Like 65-80 dollars shipped from Russia or Ukraine.

Not sure about the 77, a bit too swirly for me... quite more expensive as well.
Salut ChristainRock,

Thanks for your compliments!

You can maybe start cheaper with a 44-2 and a M42 adapter (especially if you already have one). I have never shot with a 44K, so cannot say much there ... I have plenty of 44-2's, and this is an old snap so PM me if interested, J

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A 50 1.2 and superprogram


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@Jean: I know you just love those Helios lenses! I guess they're much easier to come by in Europe.
I don't have an M42 adapter. Do you know those chinese ones that say they have infinity focus? Do they really? The Asahi adapter isn't as easy to find, at least here in the US.

@EJMzagsfan: that is just beautiful! I already crave the 50 1.2 and you're not making my life any easier with this picture! Is that Portra film?
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I know you just love those Helios lenses! I guess they're much easier to come by in Europe. I don't have an M42 adapter. Do you know those chinese ones that say they have infinity focus? Do they really?
A Helios 44-2 should cost you under $50, including shipping. The newer variants are more expensive. Whether an adapter allows infinity focus depends on the adapter. Some have a wide neck/flange (which might not allow infinity focus), other adapters are completely "within" the mount, so they don't interfere with the focus. My 44-2 focuses a little past infinity, so maybe a flanged adapter would work normally. But a good adapter is a good investment - it opens the door to many lenses. A cheap adapter is a bit of gamble - there were reports of some getting stuck to the camera and stuff.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
@EJMzagsfan: that is just beautiful! I already crave the 50 1.2 and you're not making my life any easier with this picture! Is that Portra film?


Thank you! That was with Fuji color 200, luckily it is also about the cheapest film I have been able to find.
Here's one more from yesterday this one for sure wide open.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
A Helios 44-2 should cost you under $50, including shipping. The newer variants are more expensive. Whether an adapter allows infinity focus depends on the adapter. Some have a wide neck/flange (which might not allow infinity focus), other adapters are completely "within" the mount, so they don't interfere with the focus. My 44-2 focuses a little past infinity, so maybe a flanged adapter would work normally. But a good adapter is a good investment - it opens the door to many lenses. A cheap adapter is a bit of gamble - there were reports of some getting stuck to the camera and stuff.
Well I just don't know which adapters are the good ones and which ones aren't. Like I said, genuine Asahi Pentax are a bit hard to come by and can be found for 30-50 dollars, from my experience.

There's some on Ebay that are advertised to work with infinity focusing. They also usually a key that is to be used to remove the adapter. Sounds complicated!
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Cheap eBay one works perfectly for me. I lost my key that came with it. Nothing a flat head screw driver didn't fix to pull the locking spring back. But I've now taken the spring off and stuck it on my lens permanently. If I had more lenses I'd just get one adapter per lens and never take it off. They are cheap as chips.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
@Jean: I know you just love those Helios lenses! I guess they're much easier to come by in Europe.
I don't have an M42 adapter. Do you know those chinese ones that say they have infinity focus? Do they really? The Asahi adapter isn't as easy to find, at least here in the US. ...
I have a Pentax OEM adapter (Made in Philippines) and it works quite well ... also just got a cheap Chinese one, but it for the possible modification of another lens (read "Franken-lens" project) ... and I rarely focus to infinity with a Helios "44" series ... use them for much closer work.

And dcBear has a good point ... just remove the spring and keep it tight on the lens ... Salut, J

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