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04-18-2009, 08:13 AM   #31
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I send to developed my slide film. And I canīt wait.

I bought a 44-3.

How is it compared with the 44-2 (in sharp, contrast etc)?

Tell me please. Iīm desperate

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You can't fake sharpness like that with PS!

BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks! And you're right, they are slightly sharpened and contrast is pushed a bit but that only enhances what's already there, you can't fake this kind of sharpness.

I'm in love with this lens.
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Just got my first Russian lenses (and a camera) today from a car boot sale.

An older gentleman sold me this Zenit camera with a first generation M39 Helios-44 and a M42 Jupiter-37A MC for 18 euros (~24$). I just ordered an adapter ring to convert the Helios' 39mm thread to 42mm, and I quess it'll take about a week before I can test it. I already tested the Jupiter and liked it a lot.
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Oh, that is a beauty. I love the look of aluminium lenses, but sadly don't own any.

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Oh, that is a beauty. I love the look of aluminium lenses, but sadly don't own any.
It does look like a serious vintage quality lens doesn't it? Even though it isn't worth much.
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An old panoramic taken at the Distillery District, Toronto


A sexy shot of my Helios, taken with 18-55 kit. (Strobist : Thats a reflection of my bounce card. )

I lent it to my friend for like a year and only got it back recently, will post some pics up once the weather clears up.
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Nice pictures! the second picture is so sharp! what is your setup in PP? I mean, did you apply heavy sharpening?

QuoteOriginally posted by ovim Quote
Just got my first Russian lenses (and a camera) today from a

An older gentleman sold me this Zenit camera with a first generation M39 Helios-44 and a [b]M42 Jupiter-37A MC[b] for 18 euros (~24$). I just ordered an adapter ring to convert the Helios' 39mm thread to 42mm, and I quess it'll take about a week before I can test it. I already tested the Jupiter and liked it a lot.
Jupiter 37A - is a very good lens for portraits!!!

Photopete

Wow!!! nice shot, so sharp !!!!!!

Recently, I've got "Tair 11A 135mm". This monster is so heavy! Way heavier than the K-m body!



Testing Tair 11A:

Set to infinity @ F8
Looks sharp, but not sharp as Helios


Garlic @ F2.8

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Nice pictures! the second picture is so sharp! what is your setup in PP? I mean, did you apply heavy sharpening?
Here one with no sharpening just default camera raw developed and 100% crop. Don't remember the aperture, I think it was f/4.







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Nice pictire and nice retro-style cruiser! It reminds me, my trip to Amsterdam!!! :-)
The 100% crop shows good amount of details and it's sharp, that's the reason why I am not sharpening my pictures! I apply sharpening only when heavy crop is needed.
Do you use PEF format or DNG? I tried both, and I think PEF is more "rich" in terms of recorded data....

here are another pics taken with Helius:
I am trying to find the best F-stop to minimize DOF, when taking pictures of tiny/small objects, and I think F5.6 and F8 are the best, but shutter speed... will decrease... :-( same goes for infinity - the best sharp pictures only when goin down to F8..... :-(

F8


F5.6

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Me too - almost ;-)

Got my Helios, but in the 44K-4 version. Too lazy for adopters.

Need a bit of cleaning but otherwise beautiful. Came with a Zenit Avtomat house. Wonder what I'm going to do with that?



Took it for a walk this afternoon. Not too good shots. My MF-skills are sorely lacking.





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I've seen some shots from this lens that I do really like, I think I like its bokeh and it seems to be a sharp lens. Having said that, can someone comment on how it compares to lenses like the SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8, 50mm 1.7 M, 50mm 1.4 K, etc.? I have those 3 listed lenses already (and others in that range), so the last thing I need is another in this range. So what's the general attraction for this lens, cost/performance ratio, unique or great bokeh, incredible sharpness? Like I said, I already have too many lenses in this range that perform very well, any reason I should pursue this lens as well that is justifiable over lenses like I listed?
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It's all of the above, really. And the novelty of owning a lens from the former USSR.

I had the SMC Takumar 55 f/2 and my Helios-44M beat it handily, in my opinion.
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Thanks for the reply. Anyone up to the task of doing at least a brief, informal test of their Helios 58mm against 1 or 2 of their well regarded Pentax 'standard' lenses? Like the 50mm 1.7 or 55mm 1.8? Put them on a tripod and shoot something at a few of the larger apertures?
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M39>M42 adapter from China arrived and I took some test shots with my silver Helios 44.





05-02-2009, 11:46 AM   #45
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Wow those are sharp

What a great combo... I am definately getting the M39 adaptor... there are a lot of lenses in that mount that I would like to try... thanks for posting these...

Great shots of the kids... that is what my helios shines on...
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