Soviet multicoated HELIOS-81H 50mm f/2, Nikon mount full frame lens
This is THE HELIOS lens for NIKON users – allows infinity focus without any adapters!
Very compact standard lens, sharp and contrasty even wide open at f/2.0.
Nikon mount is a way these lenses were made, to fit Kiev-17, 18 and 19 – SLR cameras that have nikon F bayonet.
So for modern Nikon DSLR you need no adapter – just mount it as you would any Nikon manual focus lens with no problems – APS-C or full frame(no limitations).
Based on double-gauss design MC Helios-81N is derivative from Zeiss Biotar, which means in the right condition it will have slight swirls in the background.
MC Helios-81N is one of the best standard 50mm Soviet lenses, which gives an excellent sharpness even at full aperture F2.0. Its interesting bokeh with twisting cyrcles. When using on modern digital-SLR cameras with crop factor, it’s perfectly suitable for shooting portraits. MC Helios-81N without any alterations almost always be able to establish themselves on camera Nikon. And its price is just perfect for the quality of the image.”
Helios-81N fix lens comparing to kit zoom lenses
MC Helios-81N is a vintage soviet fixed focal length(prime) lens, in high demand nowadays for their fast aperture(f/2), which opens up a world of possibilities for photographer – selective focusing, low light photography; for their ability to be mounted on various camera systems via affordable and easily available adapters. It is especially useful for Nikon (D)SLR shooters.
HELIOS-81N comparing to Helios-44 series
If you are Nikon user then the native Nikon mount H-81N has obvious advantage from the start – it’s native mount means that you do not need adapter and (very importantly) you’ll be able to focus and compose with open aperture, maintaining bright image in your viewfinder.
On the contrary, if you use H-44 + adapter you will have to work in “stop down” mode – this means your viewfinder will turn darker unless you shoot wide open.
Bokeh and sharpness will differ as well, this will depend which version of Helios-44 you compare it to: in general earlier Helioses-44 will have more “vintagy” character, will be less sharp but will have nicer bokeh due to more blades in aperture
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture range: F2-F16
Lens mount: Nikon F
Number of diaphragm blades: 6
Minimum focusing distance: 0.5 m
Weight: 240 g
The optical scheme: 6 elements in 4 groups
Diameter of front filter: 52 mm or 49mm
(depends on the version)
On Nikon (D)SLR this lens will work just like Nikon’s own AI(s) series of lenses – image covers full frame(film) and works well on both full frame(FX) and cropped(APS-C) Nikons – with manual focusin of course.
Adapters will be required to use this lens on other modern cameras:
The lens s/n 9305389 is in excellent condition!
Lens has very few visible signs of normal use/age on lens barrel.
Glass is clean and clear – has no fungus, no haze, no scratches!
Few light wipe marks / some internal dust particles may be present, but will not have any effect on photos.
Mechanics are excellent – focus is smooth and uniform.
Aperture blades are free from oil.
Comes with front and rear lens caps.
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