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Helios 44 2 58mm

Achieving the Swirly Bokeh Effect With Helios 44-2 58mm Camera Lens

Among vintage camera lenses, the Helios 44-2 58mm lenses are best known among experimental photographers for one thing: the creation of the swirly bokeh effect due to an internal defect within the lens themselves when the manufacturers attempted to imitate the design of the old Zeiss Biotar 58mm lens. Even though production had stopped, the Helios 44-2 58mm lenses were mass produced by the former USSR from the 1950s to 1990s, making these lenses widely accessible and affordable. You can find a variety of the Helios 44-2 58mm lenses available on eBay in various conditions and prices.

What is the compatibility of the Helios 44-2 58mm lens?

The Helios 44-2 58mm lens was commonly designed with the M42 mount to be used on Zenit cameras. The M42 mount, otherwise known as the universal mount because there are no proprietary elements involved, is a commonly used mount on SLR camera models. These are the most common brands that use the M42 mount: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sigma. Many affordable options can be found on eBay. The M42 mount adapter is needed for other camera brands that use their own proprietary mounts. It is also recommended to confirm any camera-lens compatibility directly with the manufacturer to ensure that your new lens can be mounted properly.

What else can you use Helios 44-2 58mm lenses for?

The 58mm lens is an older lens focal length that is no longer considered a focal length standard. At 58mm, it is on the higher middle range of the standard prime lenses that range from 35 to 70mm. Because their angle of view is most similar to the range of the human eyes, standard lenses are highly versatile for many different photography situations. The Helios 44-2 58mm lens has a high color rendition and produces natural colors faithfully when a natural light source is available. These lenses can be used for the following:

  • Portraits
  • Outdoor Environmental
  • Animal Photography
  • Art Photography
  • Experimental Photography
What is swirly bokeh?

Bokeh refers to the out of focused, hazy background of a photo that has a pleasing, artistic effect on the photo, similar to that of the softness and haziness of soap bubbles. It is the lenses themselves that determine the quality of the bokeh. A variety of factors contribute to creating good quality bokeh, such as having fast lenses, the correct aperture, and the correct distance both away from the subject and between the subject and the subjects background. The Helios 44-2 58mm lenses add a swirl effect on the bokeh, by turning the bokeh and any reflected light in the background in a slight circular motion around the subject while keeping the subject in crisp focus.

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