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08-14-2008, 09:33 PM   #16
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I can post my little test - Jupiter 9 and Helios 40-2 on wide open (portrait) It looks like black and white I'm not understand - for what you need 85mm lens with good work only from f2.8-f3.5?
Find me somewhere where I can get the helios 40-2, and get it near the price i can get a jupiter-9 for

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Find me somewhere where I can get the helios 40-2, and get it near the price i can get a jupiter-9 for
Good lens cost good money Jupiter 9 I can buy here for only 34 U$, but... for what? Helios 40 about 125 U$ here, and it's really great lens for portraits!
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Good lens cost good money Jupiter 9 I can buy here for only 34 U$, but... for what? Helios 40 about 125 U$ here, and it's really great lens for portraits!
Don't suppose you would be willing to ship me one Not that I have the cash now, but eventually, when the time comes
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Don't suppose you would be willing to ship me one Not that I have the cash now, but eventually, when the time comes
Ha, Same here! If I could get a the Helios 40-2 for $125 USD, I'd get one now.

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QuoteOriginally posted by nixcamic Quote
Don't suppose you would be willing to ship me one Not that I have the cash now, but eventually, when the time comes
No problem, but I'm not have free time for it
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Ha, Same here! If I could get a the Helios 40-2 for $125 USD, I'd get one now.
Search for selling shops I know one shop like e-Buy, but there is Russan language.

125 U$ is minimal price for Helios 40 (I'm has sold one for 250 U$ recently) Minimal price for Helios 40-2 is about 334 U$ in our selling shops, I has bought it for 250 U$ one year ago.

Helios 40-2 I'm compare with Pentax 85mm /1.4 by quality of picture. Price is different too, Pentax 85mm /1.4 cost about 1200-1600 U$ here. But, I want this lens anyway
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Here I found two Helios 40 (in English):

InJapan.ru ? M42+M39 ... HELIOS-40 85MM F:1.5 ?????????? ??????????? Zenit ? ???????? ????

InJapan.ru ? M42 ... HELIOS-40 85MM F:1.5 ?????????? ??????????? Zenit M39 ? ???????? ????

about 308 U$

Here one other (in Russian):

http://molotok.ru/search.php?string=%D0%93%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BE%D1%81+40
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I saw those lenses in Yahoo Japan Auctions but that's double than the Jupiter-9 and they don't look good cosmetically. Anyway, I'll keep my eye out for more in the future. Thanks for all your input Suro.

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I bought mine used and it is a good old lens that I recommend. I find it a bit soft wide open, somewhat soft similar to FA 50 f/1.4 in f/1.4. But a lot has to go with my user errors at wide open aperture with narrow DOF. When I stop down to f/2.8, I find pictures sharpen up a bit and by f/4.0, it is very sharp. That is what I remember.

My impressions & test photos:


I like the lens for the color and smooth bokeh. It works well on flowers and portraits for me. But I use it less due to M42 mount, extra aperture rings, and stop down metering. If I use Av mode, I remember I need to dial in big number for underexposure for certain apertures.

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QuoteOriginally posted by figmental1978 Quote
I saw those lenses in Yahoo Japan Auctions but that's double than the Jupiter-9 and they don't look good cosmetically. Anyway, I'll keep my eye out for more in the future. Thanks for all your input Suro.
You're welcome! Evening today - I'll post samples of photos f2.0 from Jupiter 9 and Helios 40-2
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Hinman, I read your blog and I remember this post, those flower photos are very nice.

Suro, looking forward to some test shots.
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Jupiter 9, 85mm, f2.0 (resize and crop 100%):





Helios 40-2, 85mm, f2.0 (resize and crop 100%):





P.S. Camera: Pentax K110D, all photos are in focus.
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I dont think the Helios look any better then my 85/1.9... Or am I missing something?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zewrak Quote
I dont think the Helios look any better then my 85/1.9... Or am I missing something?
I think you can't get photos with this bokeh:



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I think you can't get photos with this bokeh:
I certainly hope so .

Here is a testshot I took of my daughter when I got the 85mm f/1.9. It's wide open.
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