Soviet MC HELIOS-44-3 58mm f/2.0 multicoated vintage prime
MADE IN USSR!
Standard fast 58mm f/2 lens for Zenit SLR, can also be used on for photo & video o modern digital cameras via adaptors: Canon, Nikon, Sony NEX, Olympus Pen, Panasonic G, Canon EOS M, Nikon 1, FujiFilm X-mount etc.
Helios-44-3 – the ultimate Helios-44-2?
This lens combines multicoating(feature of more recent Helioses) plus the ergonomics and functionality of the earlier(and extremely popular nowadays) HELIOS-44-2, which makes it a really cool FSU lens to have on any camera system!
Helios-44 series of lenses comparing to kit zoom lenses
Helios-44 is a vintage soviet line of fast fixed focal length(prime) lenses, in high demand nowadays for their fast aperture(f/2), which opens up a world of possibilities for photographer – selective focusing, low light photography, great portraits with vintage feel and beautiful bokeh courtesy of Carl Zeiss Biotar formula in use; for their ability to be mounted on various camera systems via affordable and easily available adapters.
MC HELIOS-44-3 comparing to other Helios-44 versions
The 44-3 still has 8 blades of aperture from earlier design, which create natural looking bokeh(later versions of the lens although often sharper/with more contrast, have less blades in aperture, thus rendering highlights in the background as less natural shapes). Helios-44-3 also has silent “clickless” aperture ring – great news for videographers.
Yet H-44-3 is multicoated lens already, like the later H-44-5, 6 & 7.
52mm filter thread
8 diaphragm blades
F/2-16 max-min preset aperture
50cm minimum focusing distance
6 lenses in 4 groups
230g of weight
40/21 line per mm optical resolution
Adapters will be required to use this lens on modern cameras:
NEX adapter – for Sony NEX E mount cameras
Fuji X adapter – for FujiFilm X-mount cameras
Micro 4/3 adapter – for Panasonic G, Olympus Pen etc
EOS M adapter – for Canon mirrorless cameras
Nikon simple adapter & infinity adapter – on Nikon (D)SLR
Canon EOS adapter – for Canon (D)SLRs
P-K adapter(or infinity) – on Pentax K-mount cameras
The lens s/n 9220072 is in very good to excellent condition!
It would be excellent condition if it weren’t for the tiny fungus mark on the very edge of the front element. The fungus is so small and being on the very periphery of the front glass that it will have no effect whatsoever on the image quality though.
Lens barrel has few visible signs of use/age.
Glass is clean and clear – no haze, no scratches!
Few internal dust particles may be present, but will not have any effect on photos.
Mechanics are excellent – focusing is very smooth.
Aperture blades are free from oil.
Comes with both rear & front lens caps.