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Jun 20, 2011 at 09:40 PM
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LeadyGonzales - nice to see you here too :-)
Nice pictures!

The Helios 40-2 is a lens that I want :-) The Zeiss Biotar is a bit too expensive.
I have the Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8, but that lens has not the swirl effect what is very interessting for some images. And it is longer and not so fast.




Jun 22, 2011 at 08:27 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


hey ZoneV,

thanks

In fact, your triplan pics are very nice (i started to bit at ebay). A lens with such bokeh i do not have. we will see... i like it.

attached one of my favored helios-40 pictures. b/w is great for that lens.

best, L.





Jun 22, 2011 at 05:14 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


I was thinking of trying this lens not so long ago because of it's bokeh, for the swirl. Nice shots everyone, look forward to seeing more though


Jun 22, 2011 at 05:42 PM
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.. the funny thing with this lens is, that even, if there is nothing of interest to be on your foto, ..

you still can take the picture and it look cool
:



do you see the time warp next to the tree ?




Jun 22, 2011 at 07:25 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


The lens is magic, pure and simple.

I'll never sell mine even though I think it could be a tad sharper wide open. I need to get a hood. I can't wait to try video with it. Worth every penny.



Jun 23, 2011 at 01:38 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


I wish I would have grabbed one a few years ago before the prices went up so much and not as many available - if you like the Helios - take a look at the Trioplan 100/2.8 - much smaller & lighter and can sometimes be found at a reasonable price.

http://fiveprime.org/flickr_hvmnd.cgi?method=GET&page=1&photo_number=50&tag_mode=all&search_type=Tags&sorting=Interestingness&photo_type=250&noform=t&search_domain=Tags&sort=Interestingness&textinput=trioplan

I love this guy's photography style.



Jun 23, 2011 at 01:46 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


some more helios 40:



best, L.



Jun 25, 2011 at 08:58 AM
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Cool shots, I just wish it wasn't so expensive compared to the 44.


Jul 02, 2011 at 07:04 AM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


well, it has a weight of ca. 900 gram. a lot of glas - not comparable with the 44


helios 40 at f/1.5 5D Mark II



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It looks like it even dwarfs the Rokkor 58/1.2, and gives my 85LII a run for it's money.


Jul 03, 2011 at 08:04 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


.. the helios 40 is a diva !!

you are often angry about it. it often does not what you want. if light is bad it does not perform. it nearly always swirls like hell - even if you want a smooth bokeh. open it is only sharp in the middle.

.. but when everything is fine, it is great - like a diva.

- L.




Jul 03, 2011 at 10:09 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


money in europe ...



wide open with extension tubes....

-L.



Jul 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM
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Hi All, I have the later 40-2 and I love it very much. The color and contrast is so very good, especially off course the unique rendering of the out of focus area, and the skin tone too!. But one thing that bother me sometimes is it's sharpness.
And days ago I read somewhere in internet that the silver 40 version, is sharper than the 40-2.
Can you confirm that? I am glad if you could share the comparison photos (or should I make a new post?).
Many thanks.



Jul 14, 2011 at 01:28 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


My fav 85mm for portraits of all time was the 85mm F 1.5 Leica Summarex. The high amount of spherical abberation made it very nice for female portraits, but it did not have "excessive" softness in comparison to, say, a 135mm F 2.8 Canon SF lens.

I only shot it with film on M2 and M3 bodies, and I cannot recall what kind of background blur effects it produced compared to the Helios under discussion.(most of my portrait work with it was head and shoulders, not 3/4 body or larger) I wish some kind chap would mount one on an M9 and show us. If he had a Helios around adapted to a Canon FF, he could do a side by side comparison at F 1.5.

Finding decent images shot on digital with a Summarex seems illusive-I've searched many times, but only found one photographer in Italy using one extensively, and he mostly shoots it the way I used to, which means the background blur effects are not terribly discernable



Jul 14, 2011 at 03:45 AM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


hi,

i do not have the 40-2. i read, that it should be sharper than the silver version, which i have.

however, people talk a lot. my helios is sharp only in the middle at f1.5. you need to take this into account when you compose a foto.

if you go to f/4 or higher it is sharp everywhere.

- L.



Jul 14, 2011 at 06:16 AM
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From my readings, the versions that have a serial # starting with "000" & "00"
could be sharper then others due to these being made for politicians & factory workers/management, and therefor received personal attention.

Also it could be that some early silver versions were made on Zeiss equipment by Zeiss techs.



Jul 14, 2011 at 08:44 AM
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anscochrome wrote:
Finding decent images shot on digital with a Summarex seems illusive-I've searched many times, but only found one photographer in Italy using one extensively, and he mostly shoots it the way I used to, which means the background blur effects are not terribly discernable


http://flickriver.com/search/summarex/



Jul 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


LeadyGonzales wrote:
hi,

i do not have the 40-2. i read, that it should be sharper than the silver version, which i have.

however, people talk a lot. my helios is sharp only in the middle at f1.5. you need to take this into account when you compose a foto.

if you go to f/4 or higher it is sharp everywhere.

- L.


Yes that's right.
This is my review of the 40-2 version :

http://forum.mflenses.com/helios-40-2-85mm-f-1-5-t40277.html




Jul 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


Oh dear... now watch the price of this lens go up 50%

Nice photos



Jul 14, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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