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07-30-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Test Results: Helios 44-2/Spotmatic combo


You may have read elsewhere in this forum about my Spotmatic and the less than mint 1972 vintage Helios 44-2 I just got. ( ) ( )

Well, I just got my first test roll back. These are quick scans (lo res) of the negs done at the lab and I did very minor adjustments in Photoshop, mainly despeckle the horrible automatic machine sharpening. But you can get a good idea of the results.

Spotmatic / Helios 44-2 / Kodak Gold 100

1/60 f8

1/60 f4

DOF test: 1/125 f2.8

DOF test: 1/250 f2 Tripod used. Don't know why but I love this pic

1/60 f8

1/60 f5.6

1/125 f16

1/500 f2 Nice sharpness-softness balance at f2. Of course DOF control not that easy. That's why this is a popular portrait lens. Having this been a studio shot with proper light control, it would have been great.

1/500 f2 I was expecting this to be blown out as I forgot to close the lens back and shot wide open. Surprisingly, the colors came out really nice, but focus is very soft.

1/125 f16 Same shot using sunny 16 rule

1/500 f8 same shot using sunny 16 rule variation

- The shutter speeds of the body seem to be fairly accurate, except the slower 2 which got stuck way much longer.
- The light meter in the body still works fairly well.
- Despite the worn look of the lens it seems to be working fine. The tiny air bubble doesn't seem to affect end results.
- Lens decently sharp at f5.6 and above, not bad all the way down to f2.
- Quick lo res scans suck. The prints look much better
- I'm looking for an adapter to try this lens in the DSLR.

- None. I'm just having fun

I think I'm "advancing" in photography by going backwards.


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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote

- None. I'm just having fun

I think I'm "advancing" in photography by going backwards.

That is the kind of quote I like to hear from someone before hiring them to come on a wedding from me. True photographer....

Insert business...then collect money.
08-02-2009, 07:41 PM   #3
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The lens is an eye-opener. It's pretty sharp for me, just looking at the grass blades.

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