Helios 44-2 58mm f/2: Vintage Swirly Bokeh Machine

All it took was one video. Was minding my own business perusing the youtubes and this is what I learned:

After perusing flickr I was completely sold. Well it arrived late last week and I finally got to take some shots over the last couple of days. What I learned so far:

  • This is a fine compliment to the Takumar 50mm  f/1.4. The Helios is the fun counterpart to the Takumar’s functional.
  • Very sharp on center wide open.
  • A beautiful thing to behold. Yet another lens with heft and density suitable for a throwing weapon.

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Here are some samples of the results below along with this link to a flickr gallery.