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Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2 Lens

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Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2  lens

Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2  lens

Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2  lens

Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2  lens

Optical design

Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2  optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: M42

First year of production: 1950

Last year of production: 1990

Optical design: 6 elements in 4 groups

User reviews (10)

Photos (74)

Tests (0)

Owners (205)

Views (55265)

Average price: $50


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Additional information:

The Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2  (Russian: "Гелиос") is a fast standard lens with a single coating. This lens was developed basing on Biotar 2/58 (Carl Zeiss Jena) lens.

This was one of the most spreaded lens that were released for a "ZENIT-E" camera. Helios 44-2 58/2 has a thread mount M42x1. Aperture control is manual with a pre-adjustment ring. In spite of it's popularity and low cost Helios 44-2 58/2 provides very vivid, contrasting and enough sharp images.

Images taken with this lens are airy and have a nice and a little bit swirly bokeh.

Resolution by the lens technical passport: 38/20 lp/mm

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Posted by: Yarkii   Date of publication: 05.02.2011

Photos taken with this lens Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2 :

Fluff bokeh
Autor: Foto Klok
5 0 2742

Beetle bokeh
Autor: Foto Klok
5 0 3083

Katia helios
Autor: Antonio Pedroni
5 0 3039

Autor: Yarkii
5 0 2709

Mechanical quality3.7260
Optical quality3.8760
Pricing / Value4.7360
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2

gheed 03.02.2016 11:25:00
Period of use: 6 months


- Good build quality
- Smooth focus operation
- Very interesting Bokeh effect
- Great for portraits
- Easy to disassemble, clean and put back together


- Unintuitive apparture selection mechanism
- No click for selection of apperture
- Not sharp compared with modern standards
- Heavy for a 58mm f/2 lens by todays standard


I love this lense. And taking into account the price; ~25 Euro on Ebay,  its a superb performer with interesting effects. I use it with an adapter on a micro four thirds body making it a 116mm full frame equivalent.  This is therefor my go to portrait lens.

After purchase I disassembled the lens and cleaned and lubricated all moving parts. This was easy and intuative.

I recommend this lens!