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Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 : Specifications and Opinions


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The Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 is a standard lens for FF and APS-C, discontinued. The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 40 €;
58 users have given it an average vote of 9.3 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   58 mm
 Angle of view   40.9°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2
 Aperture blades   13
 Lenses/Groups   6 elements in 4 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.50 meters
 Reproduction ratio  

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   49 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   g
 Dimensions   x mm
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avatarjunior
sent on May 27, 2019

Pros: Price, brightness

Cons: Color rendition, low contrast

Opinion: In the early ' 70, the years of my photographic indigence, I had the means to use this goal. In the b/w I could exploit the high resolution and the poor contrast was obviable in the development and printing and, in some cases, could return to advantage. But the use with the slides showed its limits. I happened to go on a trip to the excavations of Pompeii and I took the reflex, an economical Praktica, equipped with the Helios, and a Rollei 35, the middle version, the one with the 40mm Tessar, which at the time used in the mountains. I snapped with both machines, both loaded with Ektachrome. Inserting the slides in the same magazine, divided by subject and not by camera, the differences between the Tessar of Rollei and the Helios were abytes. In practice, they were not projectable together. Those with the Helios were dead, with a very light dominant Verdina. The Tessar already had anti-reflective treatment which was lacking on the Helios. Today that you no longer shoot in the slide, with digital optics defects are easily obviable in post-production or by setting the machine to produce the correct JPG. Is it worth it? If you want to save and resume with a fixed focal, obviating the lack of autofocus, yes. Otherwise not. On digital I also experienced a Takumar 50mm 1.4, the radioactive one, at the time a high-class optics. On my Lumix GX8 the Summicron 25/1.4, neglecting the ease of use, clubbed it for Benino.

avatarjunior
sent on May 27, 2019

Pros: Very sharp in the central areas, low longitudinal chromatic aberration, original bokeh, robust construction, soft focus, useful for video the Aperture preset dial, gacile find accessories and third-party filters with good aesthetic rendering.

Cons: A certain flare causes monolayer treatment (but well designed), first aperture ring a bit hard. Screw mounting: It is easy to unscrew the lens by turning a ring,

Opinion: A beautiful surprising lens (comparison with: Zeiss ZF, Color Ultron 50/1.8, Sony FE 50, two Micro Nikkor 55 AIS and 60 AFD, Nikkor 50/1.8 AI) with central and median very high resolution, medium low contrast, slight flare but strong engraving of fine details. Mine is a "mint" specimen equipped with OEM lens hood and 42X1/Sony adapter and Coma. The bokeh isn't very swirly, but maybe it's even nicer in my specimen. The low CA indicates symmetry and not bad glass (rare earth?). Low cost. A small dig to commercial AF: No AF lens beats the exemplary manual focus on fine details and brilliance. The Helios is no exception. At the corner of TA there is never anything important, but here the surrender of the new is superior and does not serve. In the portrait I tend to alternate ZF 50/1.4 (full length), Helios 58 (superb close to sharp-contrast windows) or Micro 55/2.8 (American Floor, studio), 85/1.4 AFD (half-bust on the field), 105/2.5 AI (normal head, great technical Blur), 70-180 AFD Micro or 180/2.8 AFD (Big head, Hard faces).

avatarjunior
sent on March 18, 2019

Pros: Sharpness, circular bokeh, price, color rendition, sturdiness, fluidity of the diaphragm

Cons: You should be familiar with manual focus, solvable with a little practice.

Opinion: I personally love this lens. Found in the drawer of my late paternal grandfather along with other vintage lenses, I immediately began to feel confident mountain on my mirrorless. I was amazed right away by the razor-sharp image quality it offers, for its bokeh (in certain situations comes that "swirl" effect that I adore) and for the rendition of truly real, concrete colors. Even TA. Other very important detail: the fluidity of diaphragm action, impressive. It is not at all jery and with a nothing you can set it to the desired opening without any effort. The first shots are tough to realize because the focus is very "sensitive" and just a nothing to spoil the photo. Nothing that can not be overcome with a little ' practice. I personally recommend it to anyone who prefers to do portraits and is looking for a particular bokeh. At the current market price is a bargain to seize on the fly!

avatarjunior
sent on November 23, 2018

Pros: Incredible sharpness, gorgeous bokeh, manual, construction that not even a tank, feeling, MAF and diaphragm "hard"

Cons: Nobody

Opinion: My absolute favorite goal. I used it for almost two years on a XT2 (on my profile you can find the photos) and made me sell all the Fuji outfit I owned. It seems to go back in time and shoot to film, a really winning accopiata. Except for Sony I got on hand all the camera brands with their respective OBJECTVI and never has anyone given me as much as this gieoiello. MAF Manual As I like, with hard ring nuts (at least in my model) as Paice to me, sharpness that you wonder why they are still fabricating 50ini when he exists and is still the king. A lens not for all I realize, but objectively we are in front of a masterpiece, also given the price, everyone should at least have tried one. Magic.

avatarsenior
sent on May 03, 2018

Pros: Construction of war, blurred, negligible cost (paid 15 euros) lightweight and possibility to take it apart to swap the lenses, all manual.

Cons: At this price no one, maybe for chì has FF must be careful not to focus to infinity (tap on the mirror)

Opinion: Bought a few days ago and it was love at first sight indeed shot. I had seen pictures taken by the latter on this forum and I thought that blurred and yield were due to an adequate pp instead photos already come out so ... Let's say a form of art in itself (so to speak). Not to mention if you reverse the front lens. leaves a blurred so special that you will not believe their eyes. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to try their hand at special closeup portraits of various kinds.




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