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!
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
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.
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.
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 8506891 is in satisfactory to good condition.
Lens barrel has few visible signs of normal use/age on lens barrel.
Scratches visible on the rear lens. Lens had fungus which although removed left some haze on internal surfaces, which in some condition may result to reduced contrast of the images.
Mechanics are excellent – focus is smooth and uniform.
Aperture blades are free from oil.
Comes with rear lens cap.