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11-18-2010, 07:51 PM   #31
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Just paid $40 US for an M-4 including shipping - won't be sure if it was a good deal or not until I actually recieve it. The dealer had a good rep and said the glass was in good shape and from what I could see of the pics it was. Up until now I have only used newer lenses on my k-x so I am a little nervous about my ignorance to all things manual. So glad I found these threads that mention the aperture pin or I would have probably been beyond confused! Also - love the uploaded pics! Really hoping I get a lens that can come close to matching some of those shots! Any tips or advice from someone with experience would be much appreciated!


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QuoteOriginally posted by MattJPN Quote
Just paid $40 US for an M-4 including shipping - won't be sure if it was a good deal or not until I actually recieve it. The dealer had a good rep and said the glass was in good shape and from what I could see of the pics it was. Up until now I have only used newer lenses on my k-x so I am a little nervous about my ignorance to all things manual. So glad I found these threads that mention the aperture pin or I would have probably been beyond confused! Also - love the uploaded pics! Really hoping I get a lens that can come close to matching some of those shots! Any tips or advice from someone with experience would be much appreciated!
Shim the pin and enjoy the lens! That is the best advice I can give. Working with the fully manual aperture and manual focus on the modified 44M-4 will improve your knowledge of photography and the limits of your tools.


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Ditto on what stevebrot said.
It's a great lens and one that one grows into.
And one realizes the beauty of working with a manual lens... old time, I guess.
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Wow. Reviving this thread was a real trip into the time machine for me:

I was complaining about the prices at the time, but wound up nailing a 44-2 a week or two later for under $20, in the U.S. Plus 9 bucks shipping.

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I got one off of eBay in the 30$ range. The seller claimed it to be mint condition. There is a small amount of fungus on the inside. It wouldn't be worth the shipping to send it back to the Ukraine, so I plan to take it apart and clean it myself. Anybody ever taken one apart?
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One from my silver Helios wide open.
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Quick question.
If i wanted to get one, which is the best version?. Which has best bokeh?. Which is sharpest?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Smurfinaus Quote
Quick question.
If i wanted to get one, which is the best version?. Which has best bokeh?. Which is sharpest?

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There's a thread somewhere in the Russian Lens Club that gives you the breakdowns.

And it's pretty complex!

I opted for psychadelic bokeh and bought the 44-2.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
There's a thread somewhere in the Russian Lens Club that gives you the breakdowns.

And it's pretty complex!

I opted for psychadelic bokeh and bought the 44-2.
I've got that lens too and it's a great lens.
Takes a little time to get used to it, but than....
Haven't used it for a while, because I don't have the original adapter and had a hard time getting it off the K-7. With my K200 I never had problems with that. Maybe I'll give it another try or have to start looking out for an original adapter. It's too much of a waste if that lens isn't been used. I didn't pay much, btw, about 20, with the fake adapter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by KarenH Quote
I've got that lens too and it's a great lens.
Takes a little time to get used to it, but than....
Haven't used it for a while, because I don't have the original adapter and had a hard time getting it off the K-7. With my K200 I never had problems with that. Maybe I'll give it another try or have to start looking out for an original adapter. It's too much of a waste if that lens isn't been used. I didn't pay much, btw, about 20, with the fake adapter.
You have to get the original adapter!

I don't shoot with mine nearly enough either.
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This is a lovely lens. I have the k-mount variant, the 44K-4. Wonderfully sharp and smooth creamy bokeh, that I tried to demonstrate here (and pitted against the FA50/1.4):

a rain droplet:


a planck:


the home gutter never looked so good:


token swirly bokeh:


FA50/1.4 @ f1.4 for comparison:


And...shamelessly plugging my for-sale thread, where I'm selling the beloved!
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Here's that Helios 44 M-7 at work:


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Here's that Helios 44 M-7 at work:
Very nice Mike!


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44m-6 on a KX

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nice, dude163!
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