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Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC Lens

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Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC lens

Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC lens

Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC lens

Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: M42

Optical design: 6 elements in 4 groups

User reviews (2)

Photos (14)

Tests (0)

Owners (21)

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Average price: $60


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Additional information:
  • Focal Distance: 58mm (may vary in real)
  • Aperture Range: f/2 - f/16. (f/22 later)
  • Angle of View: 40°28
  • Geometric Vignetting: 58%
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.5 m
  • Filter Diameter: M52 x 0.75
  • Optical Resolution (center/edge): 41/20 lines/mm
  • Transmittance: 0.85
  • Color Formula: 11-0-0

The Helios-44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 (Russian: "Гелиос")  is a fast standard lens with a fixed focal length for 35mm cameras with M42 screw mount.

Posted by: Mika Uolamo   Date of publication: 07.01.2015

Photos taken with this lens Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC:

Sharp heart
Autor: Ko Jonus
5 0 1001

Bokeh Test
Autor: Christoph Pfeilstucker
5 1 2369

Swirley christmass
Autor: Ko Jonus
4.67 0 1022

Composition test (with 5dm4)
Autor: Ko Jonus
4.33 0 1132

Mechanical quality4.258
Optical quality3.758
Pricing / Value4.768
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC

Matt Hooker 10.04.2019 21:53:15
Period of use: 2 years


For normal use, this is a good lens considering the age of the design. The two main strengths over other lenses are the pattern of the bokeh, which can give the appearance of swirling around the center, and a strong lens flare.


Sharpness falls off quickly when moving the subject away from the center. The strong lens flare that I see as a strength also comes with a severe loss of contrast over a significant portion of the frame when flaring is present.


This is my favorite portrait lens, even if I'm not going for the swirly look or lens flare.

Christoph Pfeilstucker 22.07.2017 14:45:59
Period of use: 1 month


Build quality, Bokeh, Ease of use, quite sharp




This lens is a blast to use, probably one of my favorite lens ever and I own or owned a huge amount of glass. Despite to popular believe, this lens is not only nice for bokeh but is also acceptably sharp wide open, certainly soft in the corner but center is pretty good.