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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 €;
67 users have given it an average vote of 9.2 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 Focus   No

 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, 2022

Pros: Dreamlike, not for everyone

Cons: Nobody

Opinion: It will have been attached to an old Zenit of my father for at least 30 years, until 2020, here I started with Nikon DSLRs. Tested on D80 and D3... what to say... I was fascinated by the results. With the CCD sensor of the D80 it returns very vintage images, while it seemed fairly sharp with the D3. First of all, I almost always shot at f2, so I preferred to lose in sharpness, but gain in...."dreamlikeness". Very durable and compact. Not bad against the light. Obviously I've never worked on it, but I've only done a couple of amateur shoots... you have to make very reasoned shots and a lens like this, totally manual, does not allow the operating speed of AF lenses. You cannot have everything from Life. I hold this little gem tightly.

avatarsenior
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 videos the diaphragm preselection ring, easy to find accessories and third-party filters with good aesthetic rendering.

Cons: A certain glare causes monolayer (but well designed) treatment, before diaframmi diaframmi a little hard. Screw mounting: It's easy to unscrew the lens by turning a dial,

Opinion: A beautiful surprising lens (compared 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 very high central and median resolution, medium contrast low, light glare but strong engraving of fine details. Mine is a "mint" model equipped with OEM lampshade and 42x1/Sony E Coma adapter. The bokeh is not very swirly, but perhaps it is also more beautiful in my specimen. The low CA indicates symmetry and not bad glass (rare earths?). Low cost. A small arrow to the commercial AF: no AF optics beats the manual focus on fine details and brilliance. Helios is no exception. There's never anything important at the corner at TA, but here the yield of the new ones is superior and no need. In the portrait I tend to alternate ZF 50/1.4 (full figure), Helios 58 (superb near contrasting windows) or Micro 55/2.8 (American floor, 85/1.4 AFD (half bust in the field), 105/2.5 AI (normal head, great technical blur), 70-180 AFD Micro or 180/2.8 AFD (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.




Photos taken with Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0

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