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08-16-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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[SOLD] Helios-40 85mm f/1.5 recent CLA! Marketplace Listing

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Helios-40 85mm f/1.5 recent CLA!

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$325 USD

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Up for grabs is a russian-made Helios 40 85mm f/1.5. This particular lens is circa 1963, and is hence used. It has however been recently cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted.
The lens was taken apart and the aluminum components were soaked overnight in isopropyl alcohol, and the helical has been re-lubed with white lithium grease. All dust in non-cemented areas has been removed, though you can see several spots of dust in the peripherals of the elements, but this nothing to be concerned about as it will not affect your images. Infinity focus has also been re-adjusted. There is no sign of haze or fungus, though there are some cleaning marks on the front and rear elements that will not affect the image quality. The lens also comes with 66mm filters, orange, yellow, and green. Furthermore, I spent some time on the buffing wheel with this lens and some aluminum polish, so it is much shinier than you would expect for a 46 year-old lens, almost chrome-like, if that's your thing. If you're not careful with it, you might blind yourself in the high noon sun

And now some actual images from the lens:

As you can see the out of focus area can vary from perfectly buttery at f/4 to otherworldly f/1.5. In any case, a bargain compared to similar fast 85mm lenses. I will ship to any location in the world, but please PM me on shipping fees first!

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08-16-2009, 04:37 AM   #2
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Two more images, displaying the condition of the front and rear elements. I should point out that the rear element is reflecting clouds, it is not a defect

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wow. that thing is a beauty. and that first image is downright stunning. man if I had the cash....
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Holy crap, those shots are amazing. Such a unique bokeh.

08-16-2009, 08:37 AM   #5
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Absolute piece of artwork, that lens.

REALLLLY wish I had the cash.

Somebody pick this up!

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