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REVIEW: Helios-44M 58mm f/2

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-06-14

Helios-44M 58mm f/2

Specs:

Focal length:
58mm
Weight:
290g
Optical design:
6 elements in 4 groups
Mount:
M42
Aperture:
f/2 to f/16
8 bladed aperure
Auto or Manual
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Closest Focus:
0.55m (1.8ft)
Filter Size:
52mm


Image quality


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Download full size image. Here
f/2 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Youtube clip showing test images above in 100% cropped at center and corner.
These are also in there original res.

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Flare / Backlight
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More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/helios-44m-58mm-f2/




Filming
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Build quality

It's all metal and are very solid and well built.


Conclusion

Image quality wide open has quite good center sharpness but also very noticeable corner softness.
Stop it down a bit and you can get some very nice quality pictures.
Bokeh looks great and the 8 bladed aperture keeps a fairly round bokeh stopped down.
But flare and backlight is not its strong point, unless you're looking for much of this.

A lovely lens with a image feel that I like very much.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
Renders, Bokeh
8 bladed aperure
Build quality

Thumbs down:
Corner softness
Flare / backlight (unless you prefer much of this)


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Technical Info

Analogue
Camera: Chinon CEII Memotron
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak Xtol

Digital
Canon 500D with lens mount adapter
Auto White Balance and ISO 100

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