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Review of: ZENIT HELIOS 44M-6 MC 58mm f2 by dcBear78 on Sat January 18, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 

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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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