🇺🇦 The ultimate Soviet legend – the king of swirls HELIOS-40-2 85mm f/1.5, from 1986


Excellent condition King of Swirls HELIOS-40-2 85/1.5

Amazing portrait lens – like no other!


Ships from 🇺🇦 Ukraine with tracking number usually within the same business day

1 in stock

Soviet HELIOS-40-2 85mm f/1.5 lens, m42


If there’s one lens to be called the ultimate Soviet legend it would be the HELIOS-40 1.5/85. It’s swirly bokeh inspired many into trying the vintage glass, and really, what this lens can do in the right conditions, blows everything else out of the water – vintage or modern.

Just google “Helios-40” or “Helios-40-2” if you haven’t heard about this lens, check the  images it produces and you will realize what you’ve been missing!

There’s nothing like Helios-40-2 lens(baring Zeiss Biotar 75/1.5 which cost as much as a (good) car ), so there’s no comparison to kit zoom lenses!

Helios-40-2 is a vintage soviet fast fixed focal length portrait lenses, in high demand nowadays for their fast aperture(f/1.5), 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.

The character of images made with H-40-2 needs to be witnessed. Technically speaking this lens peculiarities sometimes makes one think it is broken but in the hands of skilled photographer this Helios turns out images that make the owners of Nikkor 1.4/85 or Canon 1.2/85 envious.

Comparing to earlier silver Helios-40(m39 ZTM) 85mm f/1.5 this H-40-2 is a more easily adaptable m42 mount(see the COMPATIBILITY tab). It has better more modern coating which results in more accurate color rendition(more natural skin tones) and marginally higher optical resolution(sharper).

Helios-40 diaram schemem42 Thread Mount
67mm filter thread.
10 diaphragm blades.
F/1.5-22 max-min aperture.
0.8m minimum focusing distance.
Flange distance – 45.5mm
Weight – 1165g(with tripod collar)
Optical resolution(centre/side) – 36/17 lines/mm

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

Also available “tilting” adapters for Micro 4/3Fuji X and Sony NEX E and many others here

Creates beautiful Biotar style bokeh –

out of focus highlights are rendered as beautiful discs(in the right conditions), making the background swirly.

The lens s/n 860698 is in excellent condition!

Lens barrel has very few signs of normal use/age.

Glass is clean and clear – has no fungus, no haze, no scratches!

Few internal dust particles are present, but will not have any effect on photos.

Mechanics are excellent – focus is smooth and uniform.

Aperture blades are free from oil.


Comes complete with rear and front lens caps, a set of filters, passport and it’s leather case/strap.


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One adapter is free with this lens:

The watch ships from Ukraine with tracking number usually within the same business day!

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