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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 €;
69 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 July 11, 2023

Pros: Price, sharpness, colors.

Cons: A bit of softness on the sides

Opinion: Perfect, an old glory (my first car a Zenit E), and for me very important, 13 blades of the diaphragm ..... (and who puts them all ste slats anymore). We sometimes forget that the lenses are circular, and that the 5-blade optics create a pentagon, which has little to do with the perfect circle that some old optics obtained.

avatarjunior
sent on July 11, 2023

Pros: Blurred, brightness, color rendering

Cons: its defects make it the character of the lens

Opinion: I walked around it for quite a while, buying almost all the lenses of the 44M series (which I sold) and then arriving at the historic 44-3 and finally the 44-2. I must say that the lens gives me satisfaction adapted on my sony A7iii. It is a very defective optics, it suffers a lot in backlight, it has very little sharpness at the edges at full aperture and it is difficult to take a little 'hand to get something decent out. Accustomed to modern lenses, where at maximum aperture I am used to decentralize the subject, everything I did with this lens sucked for me. Now that I've got a little carried away and I've figured out what I can do with it, I'm satisfied. In my opinion it is a lens to have in the kit.

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).




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