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10-13-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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Helios 44-2 question and a couple of photos

So I just got the lens. The good news is that it takes really nice pictures and is sharp even at f/2 which actually surprised me. The condition of the barrel is also amazing. I'd easily give it a 9. The glass has no internal dust or marks either so that's great too. So now for the bad- The aperture ring doesn't click at any of the stops and is on BACKWARDS, so when it's on f/2 the hole is the smallest and vice versa. It's not awful but it is annoying. Anyone else have this?! The blades have some oil on them as well...
I've only had 5 minutes of usage so far but for those interested here are a couple of shots:










Full res photos at 1600 ISO and f/2 (not so easy to manual focus...) can be found here:
Helios 44-2 - a set on Flickr

10-13-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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Leya, sounds like you've never used a preset lens before.

There are actually two aperture rings. One sets the narrowest possible aperture, and one ranges freely between that and wide open (f/2). The former has click-stops, the latter doesn't. Take a closer look...
10-13-2009, 02:30 PM   #3
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I'm feeling really inept here. All I see is one smooth click free aperture ring and a focus ring. I don't see anything that clicks... Is there anywhere I can find a diagram? (when I find what you're talking about I'll go OHHHHH! but for now I'm mostly just saying Hu?)
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Ok- I think I got it- it just took a lot of force...

10-13-2009, 03:29 PM   #5
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sounds like you got it

Congrats on the lens...

I usually set mine at F4 and just bounce between f2 and F4... but mostly wide open
The lens has such a great look wide open, that you probably will stay pretty close to the wide end.

Although stopped down it is a sharp daylight shoot too...
10-14-2009, 03:22 AM   #6
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Leya, I've got helios 44-2 with the 'reverse' markings on aperture ring too. ..and so at f2 it is actually at f16. I wonder whether it was on a purpose(joke of course) or was it just a new guy on a shift in a factory that day
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QuoteOriginally posted by haystack Quote
Leya, I've got helios 44-2 with the 'reverse' markings on aperture ring too. ..and so at f2 it is actually at f16. I wonder whether it was on a purpose(joke of course) or was it just a new guy on a shift in a factory that day
seems the same guy of my lens
10-14-2009, 11:00 AM   #8
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The rings are not on backwards... you all have some very rare Self Portrait versions of the Helios 44-2's.
They are designed to be adjusted with you in front of the camera.

10-14-2009, 11:26 AM   #9
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Yes we're very special :)

QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
The rings are not on backwards... you all have some very rare Self Portrait versions of the Helios 44-2's.
They are designed to be adjusted with you in front of the camera.
Self portrait with a 58mm lens on a crop sensor.... hmmmm
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That type of lens is called a preset : most (if not all) russian preset lenses have that "backward aperture ring". And the oil on the blades is also normal (and recommended) on preset lenses.

So basically you have a nice Helios 44-2 with absolutely no problems
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Thanks

QuoteOriginally posted by Jieffe Quote
That type of lens is called a preset : most (if not all) russian preset lenses have that "backward aperture ring". And the oil on the blades is also normal (and recommended) on preset lenses.

So basically you have a nice Helios 44-2 with absolutely no problems
Thank you for the reassurance
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