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Helios-103 53 mm f/ 1.8 Lens

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Helios-103 53 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Helios-103 53 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Format: 35mm rangefinder

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Contax I-III (CRM)

Optical design: 6 elements in 4 groups

User reviews (1)

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Owners (15)

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Average price: $40


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Additional information:

The Helios-103 53 mm f/ 1.8 (Russian: "Гелиос") is a fast standard lens with a fixed focal length for 35mm rangefinder cameras of a Contax system.

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Posted by: Eugeny   Date of publication: 22.08.2011

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Mechanical quality3.754
Optical quality4.405
Pricing / Value4.405
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Owner reviews: Helios-103 53 mm f/ 1.8

Richard Wright 17.07.2017 04:34:03
Period of use: 1 year


Sharpness even wide open; Bokeh which may be subjective but I love from this lens once you learn it.


Adapters are a problem.  The lens may unscrew and fall out of the hellicoid as you focus closely.  I built my own adapter which solved that problem.


A truely fantastic little lightweight lens that really delivers.  If I could only have one lens for less then $100 it would be this one for sure.  It is so sharp that you will need to pay hundreds of dollars just to match this lens.  Buy one if you see it - and they are cheap.