Vintage Helios-40 85mm f/1.5 – serial number 000368!


Legendary soviet vintage glass HELIOS-40 1.5/85

King of swirly bokeh!


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HELIOS-40 85mm f/1.5 lens, vintage m39 ZTM lens


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!  This half a century lens old can produce images which will turn many heads!

Creates beautiful Biotar style bokeh –

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

making the background swirl slightly.

Very early lens – serial number starts with triple zero –

S/N 000368!

The lens s/n 000368 is in good condition.

Lens barrel has some signs of use / age.

Glass is clean and clear – has no fungus, no haze. Under front element there are multiple micro scratches that are visible in reflected light only(looks like amateurish attempts to remove fungus). The lens is clear and transparent though, the micro abrasions are unlikely to significantly affect image quality in real life photography.

Some internal dust is also present, but will not have any effect on photos.

Mechanics are good – focus is uniform, a little on s stiff side.

Aperture blades are free from oil.


Comes in it’s leather case, complete with both lens caps, filters and paper user manual (in russian).

Optics: ★★★★☆

Mechanics: ★★★★☆

Appearance: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆

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