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12-16-2009, 09:02 AM   #16
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Nice pics is really an understatement John, I love them!
Hope I will run into a K-version myself some day.
Until than I'll take my m42 version out for a walk more often....

12-16-2009, 10:50 AM   #17
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Hey Freewheeler and Stratman

Freewheeler, which version do you have???


Stratman... there are like 7 variations of the Helios 44... The K mount is a later version with mc and works like a Pentax M... Although as you can see from DWB's shots it has a very different look.

The rest are all m42 screwmounts. I have the Helios 44M and it functions more like the Smc taks with a A/M switch where you can focus wide open, flip the switch and meter at the set ap.

I also have the 44-2 which is a pre-set ap that many prefer.

The 44-4 thru 7's are mc and have no a/m switch, so you have to disable the pin to stop the lens down in aperture.

All have unique 'looks' to them. My 44M was probably my most used lens last year.
12-16-2009, 11:27 AM   #18
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I own the 44m-4 (without MC).
Bought it together with a 12XP and Industar 50-2 for 20 euro's.
The helios proved to be very sharp from portrait-distance to infinity.
A modification to make it stop-down-useable has cost me only 20 minutes.
When I run into tubes I will try the Industar on macro subjects.
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Afaik the 44K-4 is optically identical to the 44M-4. Some of the K's are multicoated, some aren't. I've had both versions.

12-16-2009, 11:56 AM   #20
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The version you took the photos above is the MC version???

yours pop with more contrast than I get with the 44-2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
The version you took the photos above is the MC version???

yours pop with more contrast than I get with the 44-2
Yeah, that's the MC. Developed from RAW in LR2, though.
12-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #22
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QuoteOriginally posted by deadwolfbones Quote
Yeah, that's the MC. Developed from RAW in LR2, though.
Ahhh... a little extra PP pop! Beautifully done on both sides of the photo then!
12-17-2009, 05:21 PM   #23
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Does the K version have automatic aperture? That might persuade me to get one in addition to my 44-2. Hell, I might get one anyway. Terrific lens for portraits on digital or normal for film.

12-17-2009, 05:32 PM   #24
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Maybe I'll get this one:
Rare Helios 44-7 lens for Zenit-7 VERY GOOD condition - eBay (item 320455889136 end time Dec-29-09 18:16:27 PST)
12-17-2009, 06:35 PM   #25
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QuoteOriginally posted by brkl Quote
Does the K version have automatic aperture? That might persuade me to get one in addition to my 44-2. Hell, I might get one anyway. Terrific lens for portraits on digital or normal for film.
Yes, it is auto-aperture. I will work the same as a M-series Pentax lens.

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A decent lens, but not that decent. I would buy a Voigtlander or a Zeiss first!

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Ohhhh...I did not look closely enough.

This is not a 44M-7. It is a 44-7 preset aperture lens with the KMZ mark. I wasn't even aware that it existed. Apparently these were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Single-coated with six aperture blades and optical qualities a step below the other Helios 44 lenses. But! Did I mention that it is RARE?!

As for price...Rugift will throw in a Zenit-7 camera in for the same amount of money.

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12-17-2009, 09:22 PM   #28
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As for price...Rugift will throw in a Zenit-7 camera in for the same amount of money.
I'd consider it if the seller threw in a Voigtlander or a Zeiss with it!
Otherwise that's way over the top imo.
This whole RARE scenario almost always taken out of context on eBay I find.
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It's an euphemism for COMMON AS DIRT.

I put in a bid for one. Maybe it'll stick. The problem is it's always a bit of a crap shoot whether it's a good copy or not.
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So if I look for a pretty-common-on-ebay 44M-4, I can use the green button just as I do with a Tak, correct?

Are there any drawbacks to this lens?
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