HELIOS-44 2/58mm

Focal length: 58mm
Mount: M39 Zenit (see last paragraph)
Aperture: F 2.0 - F 16
Min focus distance: 0.50m
Length (from flange): 46/56mm
[+ 27mm for the adapter], rear element protrudes 8mm
Diameter: 62mm
Weight: 230gr.

Some pictures:


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A7 and the lens.

Sample pictures: You may click on the sample image (except closest focus) for full resolution. The full resolution image opens in a new window, so you can keep it open for comparison. Focus is on the satellite dish to the right of the big solar panel near the center of the photo.

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F 2. ISO 100.

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F 8.

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F 16.

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Closest focus  is 37cm from the outermost edge of the lens, F 8. Focus on the program wheel of the camera.

This old lens was sold with early Zenit SLR cameras. The old Zenit version can be found for very moderate prices because of the compatibility problem, it's nevertheless a very decent lens. This is a second one of the old 8-blade version from KMZ, slightly newer than the first one (N0266115 vs. N0256726), just to test the variations within the production series. Both are from the 1960s. I don't see much difference between the two. Wide open it's a bit soft and has a hint of shades at edges, but it's usable. Stopped down a little bit, it's sharp already. The lens has good close focussing capablities. It is relatively big and heavy. It doesn't close the aperture automatically, it stays open for focus when you set a smaller stop and you have to turn a ring to close it to the value you preset separately. A nice lens which offers one usable stop more than a standard lens.

The M39 Zenit Mount is the same thread as ordinary M39 (Leica), but  a different flange focal distance. Please refer to the russian lens page.

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