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09-16-2012, 12:07 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Good news for the manual lens lovers: New Helios 40-2

Russian lens manufacturer is restarting the production of the famous Helios 40-2 portrait lenses 85mm/f1.5
The soviet version of this lens got it's price quite inflated on ebay during the last few years,
but now there will be a chance to get it new for about 250$ (hopefully with much better quality control than soviets had).
It is unclear yet, which mounts will be supported. I'd like to see K-mount version...

Here is the a google translate link for the original blog post in russian:

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09-16-2012, 01:55 AM   #2
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Thank you very much for the info!
Please keep us informed!
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This looks interesting - hoping for a K-Mount too...
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That's great news! I love Russian lenses, and never had a chance to own this one... :-)

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Ha, that is pretty cool. Hopefully they will improve the design and not make it worse. Will it come in m42 or K mount?
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Strange, but good news. So zavod Arsenal is back to consumer lens production? I wonder what happened to the reorganization and SKTB?
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Fascinating! I want!
09-16-2012, 06:52 AM   #8
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For those interested:

There is a 20% discount till 7.10.2012 Zenit Discount
And they are on Photokina in 03.1 stand С-014 Photokina

09-16-2012, 07:15 AM   #9
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Very cool
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woot woot ! that's sound very interesting
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Couldn't glean much meaningful information from Google Translate,
but it was good for a laugh, as usual...

12-04-2012, 07:37 AM   #12
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Anyone want to get this lens?
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Reality check here:

Helios 40-2 85mm f/1.5 (M42 to Pentax) - Review / Test Report
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Interesting, but at the current price levels for this lens, the price/performance rating cannot possibly be anywhere near 5 out of 5 stars. The much better and cheaper Samyang/Rokinon/Bower/etc. 85mm f/1.4 has that covered. $250 is more like it, but even at that price, I'd still go for the Samyang, unless there are changes to the design improving on the old.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ikarus Quote
The much better and cheaper Samyang/Rokinon/Bower/etc. 85mm f/1.4 has that covered.
Maybe not cheaper (USD 300 currently at B&H),
but certainly lighter, and a much more up-to-date performance level.

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