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ZENIT HELIOS 44M-6 MC 58mm f2

Sharpness 
 8.3
Aberrations 
 10.0
Bokeh 
 9.0
Handling 
 8.0
Value 
 9.7
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ZENIT HELIOS 44M-6 MC 58mm f2

ZENIT HELIOS 44M-6 MC 58mm f2
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ZENIT HELIOS 44M-6 MC 58mm f2
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Description:
The 44M-6 has a Valdai optical plant logo and looks the same as the 44M-7 apart from the nameplate.

49mm filter thread.
8 diaphragm blades.
F/2-16 max-min aperture.
45cm minimum focusing distance.
52mm filters.

Note that there is no A-M switch. To use the lens other than wide open aperture on pentax dslr, either 1. use a M42 adapter with a rim that depresses the aperture pin 2. DIY mod the lens to hold the pin in.

More info on helios 44's see helios 44 (13 blade).
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount
Price History:



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Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2013
Location: Gladstone, QLD
Posts: 822

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 18, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, condition, results, build quality
Cons: None
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

To be fair this is my one and only Helios so I can't compare to others. But from my point of view this is a wonderful lens. Being the newer model means mine is in perfect condition. The focus ring and aperture rings move as if brand new. Easily and smoothly with the slight click and tactile feedback expected when using the aperture ring. I put a tiny bit of glue on the aperture control pin to keep it locked in position.

The bokeh provides that famous Helios swirl in the right conditions. Although reportedly not as good as the older versions, but again I can't comment, other than I am extremely happy with it. Only 6 blades so stopping down even a notch or two will give slightly hexagonal bokeh. Also I consistently get great comments on my photos taken with this lens and people want to know what it is.

Sharpness is great when stopped down a touch. But even pretty good wide open in the focus sweet spot. But this is a lens you use for the not sharp bits.

Flair resistance is pretty awful though compared to more modern lenses.

Some examples. Most shot wide open or not far from it.... That is why you buy this type of lens afterall isn't it?









edit: Did Single in February with this lens and have got to know it a bit better. Everything said above is still true after a solid month with this lens. I purchased a screw in hood but didn't really notice any improvements, but will leave it on as it can't hurt. Took comparable shots with this lens and FA31 with the Helios showing absolutely no CA and the FA31 requiring considerable clean up. And some more examples...

This one is mounted with a reverse macro ring


Single in February with Helios 44m-6
   
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Registered: May, 2016
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: May 12, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, lens quality, flare
Cons: very dreamy at TA
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K500   

very cheap quite good lens, for that price there are other alternatives even with f/1.7 and more sharp. For dreamy photos is perfect, Very good flare
   
New Member

Registered: January, 2013
Location: Odessa
Posts: 11
Lens Review Date: May 31, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $35.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Condition, sharp, bokeh, build quality
Cons: Jumping aperture
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-5   

I have this lense as a kit for my Zenit ET. Its average price in Ukraine is 30-40$. A single problem using this lense is blocking of jumping aperture.



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