Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)


It’s week 45, but I just took this “summer-looking” image! This picture was taken using a Helios-44 lens. Helios is probably the most famous vintage lens there is; it was produced in the old Soviet Union in 1958-1992 (my copy is from 1982) and is one of most mass produced lenses in the world. It comes in several variants. The version I have (“M”) is supposedly the worst one, but I’m very pleased with it. It’s built in solid metal, focuses down to 0.5 m, and has a mag ratio of 1:6:5 at the closest focus point. I bought it cheap (FYI – the average price in October 2018 was only $32) including an M42 adapter to fit in on my Fuji.

In case you’re interested, there’s a weekly podcast called “The Classic Lenses Podcast” and there’s an entire episode dedicated to the Helios-44 here

20 responses

  1. captured her
    best side 🙂

    November 11, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    • Thanks so much, David! 🙂 Your little poems always cheer me up!

      November 11, 2018 at 8:53 PM

  2. Wow that is sharp! great shot. Oh nearly missed your posting as it didn’t appear in the wp reader, luckily checked my e.mails.

    November 11, 2018 at 8:44 PM

    • Thanks so much, Brian! 🙂 Yes, problems with WordPress again… Very annoying, and the “Helpdesk” insists on saying there’s no problem. Wasted over 30 minutes chatting with someone who didn’t seem to know how the Reader works even. Frustrating! But glad you found the post anyway!

      November 11, 2018 at 8:56 PM

      • Thought it odd no C post on Sunday good job I checked.

        November 11, 2018 at 8:58 PM

    • PS. Go to 500px (link at the top of the page) to view large

      November 11, 2018 at 8:59 PM

  3. Stunning detail and I love the pale pinky/purple background!

    November 12, 2018 at 12:26 AM

  4. TinyJeremy

    This is great

    November 12, 2018 at 9:23 AM

  5. This is amazing, Camilla. I was confused, thinking this was the same lens you’ve been using lately, but it’s another one, right? It’s good to have the information here. And the podcast – I think I’ll check that out. This photo is excellent! Did you have any difficulty focusing? It doesn’t look like it, but for all I know, it may have taken 20 tries before you got this one, 😉 It’s striking for the beauty of the in-focus areas – the insect and flower parts – and just as much beauty in the soft background. And oh, the colors! OK, now I should click on those links….and have a good week! Looks like that’s no problem! 😉

    November 13, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    • Thanks so much, Lynn! 🙂 This is indeed another lens, I’ve only used it on two occasions so far but I have a feeling there will be many more. It’s very easy to focus, perhaps not the sharpest or fastest lens but that’s not the purpose anyway. I think it has that “something” we’ve spoken about before 🙂 Have a great week you too! Almost weekend now!

      November 15, 2018 at 4:38 PM

      • Yes, it’s really nice, and I look forward to seeing more photos from it.

        November 20, 2018 at 12:22 AM

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  7. Wow, what a cool shot, Camilla. That looks like an interesting and fun lens to try to acquire.

    November 19, 2018 at 12:09 AM

    • Thanks a lot, Mike! 🙂 I can definitely recommend it. Amazing that you can get such good lenses for such low prices. It’s a lot of fun to use, I promise it’s worth it!

      November 19, 2018 at 4:31 PM

  8. Great shot. Lovely detail! You must have a very steady hand!! Was this just natural lighting? However or whatever – it’s great! 🙂

    November 25, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    • Thanks so much John! 🙂 It was taken handheld in natural light. The fly was sitting in a sunny spot (midday) but the light wasn’t too sharp as the sun isn’t as strong as in the summer.

      November 25, 2018 at 4:08 PM

  9. Great focus and detail for a “bad” lens.

    December 17, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 The bad lens has turned into one of my favorites!

      December 17, 2018 at 10:06 AM

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