Helios 44M-4 (58mm, F/2) – My new old lens

Helios 44M-4 is famous of its special swirl bokeh effect. It is a M42 mount lens with focal length of 58mm and aperture of F/2.

I dug out one from my old inventory. I bought it almost two decades ago when I was traveling in Russia and some Eastern Europe countries. I still remember it costed me merely $10. It have never used it because I could not find an adaptor to make it work with my EOS cameras. I’ve almost forgotten its existence. Until recently I bought a M42-to-EOS adaptor (with a focus confirmation chip).

M42-to-EOS adaptor

Screwed it on the adaptor.

Helios 58mm

Put it on my Canon EOS 40D. The family photo is here.

Helio M44I must say though I have abandoned the lens for over a decade, it is still in almost-perfect condition. See the paint on the body. It’s just like new.

Helios M44-4The aperture ring is still smooth and firm.

I will test it against my beloved EF 50mm F1.4 USM and post the findings here.

Canon EF 50mm USM

Stay tuned.


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