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04-08-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Helios 44

Is there a difference between the Helios 44m-2 and the 44-2? Does the m still produce the same swirly bokeh?

04-08-2012, 08:05 AM   #2
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There is no 44M-2.

The M42 preset models are the 44-2 and 44-3.

The 44M has the A/M switch, the next in the series is the 44M-4 then the 5, 6, and 7.

The 44M has 8 blades like the 44-2 and 44-3, but IMO doesn't produce quite the same bokeh as the presets.

http://pixelfarmize.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/helios-44-m42-lenses/
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The swirly bokeh is variable even between lenses of the same series. Some show it more than others. Though it appears from examples posted here and elsewhere that the preset Helios 44-2 has it fairly consistently. My 44M shows it only very rarely, depending on the texture of the background.


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04-08-2012, 12:50 PM   #4
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Thanks, I guess I'll just just the 44M I ordered and see how it goes the bokeh will still be smooth I assume

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Another one joins the Helios cult... I love my 44K!

Be sure to snap some pics and show off the lens when it shows up!
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