Helios - from the Greek "Sun" - the name of the lens brand (mainly based on the Biotar optical design). The first lens with this name (Helios-1 2/50) was developed at GOI (State Optical Institute) in 1937, then the lenses of the Helios family were produced by the Krasnogorsk Mechanical Plant and other optical enterprises of the USSR, including the Jupiter factories, Arsenal, BeloMO. In total, about 40 different modifications of lenses of this brand were developed. The most massive and popular of them are lenses of the 40, 44, 44-2, 44M, 44M-4, 44M-5, 44M-6, 44M-7, 77M-4 series. An excellent feature of these lenses is soft, warm images and swirling/blurred backgrounds (bokeh). Lenses are easily mounted on modern cameras with appropriate adapters.
Good study of tonal transitions
In addition to affordable value, old Soviet optics has a number of other undeniable advantages. Plasticity, volume and good study of tonal transitions are the main differences of the design created on Soviet lenses.
Now manufacturers of new optics try to increase sharpness and eliminate all possible image errors. Because of this, images are most often too sharp and contrasting. This is not the best ability of the lens, for example, when shooting portraits.
Perfect for creating quality portraits
The Helios optics mentioned above has its own unusual, artistic image, perfect for creating quality portraits. Modern photographic equipment has a complex optical design and sometimes more than a few dozen lenses. If you add more lenses, it will result in air loss at the borders. Often even a special multi-lighting coating will not save them. Soviet fixed lenses are made according to a simple optical scheme. They have only three or seven lenses, which is a great advantage for portrait shooting.
Strength and reliability
Another advantage of old optics is the strength and reliability of the metal structure and the use of only real glasses. Thanks to this, even after actively working with lenses from 1950-1960, they will still be in perfect condition.
Best suited for portraits
Helios 44-2 58 mm f/2.0 is a soft-focus optics that is best suited for portraits. Due to this, the frames become soft and light, minor defects are hidden, and the skin is smoothed. Helios 44-2 was produced from 1950 to 1990. It came complete with Zenit-ET and Zenit-10 cameras and, despite this, had pretty good optical characteristics.
You can control the diaphragm manually
Helios 44-2 has single-layer enlightenment and an optical circuit that consists of six parts in four groups. You can control the diaphragm manually. The threaded connection of this lens is M42. Thanks to the 58 mm focal length, the result is not very contrasting, light frames with a pleasant, slightly twisted background blur. With an open f/2.0 diaphragm and contrasting lighting, you can create a background with a side effect that will not divert attention from the main object.
Before selling, all optics are specially trained and checked for damage
Our dedicated online store offers you to buy a low-cost Helios 44-2 lens and an adapter designed specifically for your camera. Before selling, all optics posted on our site pages are specially trained and checked for damage so you can be sure of the quality of the item being purchased. If you have any questions, please contact our managers. We're always happy to help!