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LeadyGonzales
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ui, what a price ...

looking forward to seeing pictures from you. i once found at ebay an adapter from 66mm to 67 mm, so that i can use a lens hood. helps a lot, cause in some light situations the helios does not do what you want ...

(but my last pictures here were made without a hood)



Jul 17, 2011 at 04:09 PM
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LeadyGonzales wrote:
looking forward to seeing pictures from you. i once found at ebay an adapter from 66mm to 67 mm, so that i can use a lens hood. helps a lot, cause in some light situations the helios does not do what you want ...

(but my last pictures here were made without a hood)


I found a short (~25mm) metal hood, that has a 72mm thread ring at the end, takes a canon cap and I can fit ND filters to it, although *far* from optimal, it works well for me and I can use my existing filters.
looks slick too.

I can't remember, does this lens have a stock hood?



Jul 17, 2011 at 06:25 PM
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?!? my one does not have a hood and as i remember also the complete packages with bag and filters do not contain a hood. (but i do not know, since i only bought the lens, not the accessories).

... it can even do crazy black and white ...

- L.




Jul 17, 2011 at 09:57 PM
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p.4 #4 · p.4 #4 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


Gotta love that bokeh :-)


Jul 17, 2011 at 11:15 PM
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with 2cm extension tube at f=4.0. great serious performer ....




Aug 08, 2011 at 07:40 PM
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ZoneV wrote:
The Helios 40-2 is a lens that I want :-) The Zeiss Biotar is a bit too expensive...


Done :-)
Now I have a Helios 40-1 :-)
Yesterday at night I made a hood, I need to shorten it a bit in the edges.
Furthermore I tried to clean a lens inside, and repaired the rickety back end part.
Today I was very glad to get some minutes of sun - after all the rain. But hav not the right focussing screen for that lens - lend it to a firend with my Rokkor 58/1.2.

It is a chrome M39 version. With red symbol for coating or what ever (it is at least single coated). It is a version with serial 00 starting - somewhere I read these are better made lenses for the workers in the lens factory and political leaders, others say these are prototyps, early production samples with probably better quality control - but not better optical quality - found here and here

Here I found more infos about the manufacturer and different models. Seems that all Helios 40 are made by KMZ. And here it is guessed, that after 1971 the 0 and 00 are for politcal leaders, before that year it was normal




Aug 15, 2011 at 08:53 AM
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congratulation !

hm... my serial number i cannot find in the links you posted. i have No653174, no red symbol and it is silver with M39

looking forward for your pictures...

best, L.



Aug 15, 2011 at 05:43 PM
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oh, i forgot to put a picture


Helios 40 @1.5, 5D MarkII



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LeadyGonzales wrote:
congratulation !

hm... my serial number i cannot find in the links you posted. i have No653174, no red symbol and it is silver with M39

looking forward for your pictures...

best, L.

Made in 1965.

Red Pi = Zeiss Red T* Rumors are that they were produced on/by Zeiss equipment/employees What ever the story, they are not common.



Aug 15, 2011 at 08:17 PM
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LightShow wrote:
Made in 1965.

Red Pi = Zeiss Red T* Rumors are that they were produced on/by Zeiss equipment/employees What ever the story, they are not common.


It's definitely NOT T* coating, which wouldn't be introduced for a few years after that in 1972 (and was never on CZJ or russian lenses anyways, only West German Zeiss). T* coatings are sometimes rumoured to have been co-developed with Pentax, they showed up during Zeiss's era of co-operation with Pentax and share certain common points (particularly the unusual toughness).

It is possible that the red pi indicates the earlier T coatings, those were developed in 1935 and would have been available to Jena and the Russian plants as well.



Aug 15, 2011 at 08:53 PM
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One of the images I made yesterday - I need my EE-S focussing screen back for that fast lens :-)



I filed a bit from the hood, but on my short photo trip today I realized that I have to file more of it away - gets more an more tulip form.



Aug 16, 2011 at 08:57 AM
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nice !!

you can create interesting effects, if you use your hand as part of the hood. (or use no hood, but only the hand) the more shadow you create from one side on the lens, the stronger the swirl on that side becomes.

your picture is really cool

- L.



Aug 16, 2011 at 11:03 AM
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p.4 #13 · p.4 #13 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


i also put these to the alt flower thread, but they should be here as well ....

Helios 40, 85mm 1.5 with 2cm extension tubes M42:

-L.


f=1.5


f=1.5


f=4.0



Aug 16, 2011 at 08:50 PM
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p.4 #14 · p.4 #14 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


Not sure about f-number, I suppose 2.8 to 4.0




Aug 17, 2011 at 07:24 AM
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LeadyGonzales wrote:

.. 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.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5269/5896825788_3d452a347e_b.jpg



I think that this is a most magical shot and should be included in "Most magical lenses?"



Aug 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM
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p.4 #16 · p.4 #16 · Helios-40 1.5/85mm ?


Anyone interested in selling their helios 40-2? I would like to try one but don't trust buying it from the Ukraine.


Aug 19, 2011 at 02:57 PM
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