Topic: Helios 40

Helios 40, 85mm f1.5. This is the M39 version, which contrary to what some say will reach infinity when converted to M42. The lens is chrome plated brass and does not have a tripod mount.
Camera used was the Pentax K5D.
Some pics @ f1.5
http://www.xjgarage.org/photos/october2011/slides/KFYV1277.JPG

http://www.xjgarage.org/photos/october2011/slides/KFYV1344.JPG
@ f5.6
http://www.xjgarage.org/photos/october2011/slides/KFYV1420.JPG

http://www.xjgarage.org/photos/october2011/slides/KFYV1457.JPG
This one possibly f1.5, not sure though.
http://www.xjgarage.org/photos/october2011/slides/KFYV1605.JPG

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Interesting shots of a rare lens which in these cases do not show the swirling effect that it usually used to  exhibit . Colours look natural , sharpness is very good . Interesting information also about its capability to focus to infinity with the M42 adapter  .

I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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More swirly bokeh pic, you comments made me feel guilty. I suppose I'm getting too selective with how I set up the bokeh these days.
http://www.xjgarage.org/photos/october2011/slides/KFYV1319.JPG

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Don't feel guilty : I prefer the bokeh of the first two pics , by far ! You give us the opportunity to see the full capability of this lens ...
Thanks for sharing .

I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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First one is a stunner, but like the whole set! Did you get this lens with hood? It's a
flare king anywhere near the sun. Definitely a lens you hold by the lens when packing
it around on the camerea. ;o)

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I looked for ages to find one of these, but I gave up in the end; this is a very nice lens, lovely soft contrast in your images!

Canon 5DII and a few lens -- Tachihara 8x10. Chamonix 45N-1, Crown Graphic 4x5. Moskva, Zeiss Super Ikonta C
Bronica S2A, Agfa Super Isolette, Iskra, Rolleiflex. Leica M2, Bessa R, Zorki 1,3,3M and a few more...

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No hood with it Funrazor, it's got a 55mm rim so needs a special adapter to use a 67mm threaded hood. Yep I know about the loss of contrast in certain conditions.
Mine came from a Ukraine seller and needed a relube which wasn't too diificult to dissassemble.

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Actually, the Helios 40 does come with a tripod mount.  Its a fixed one that is held on with two screws.  I have unscrewed mine and left it off the lens.
BTW, the filter thread of the 40 is a non standard 66mm.
The later Helios 40-2 has a rotating tripod mount and a normal standard 67mm filter thread...Probably better to get the 40-2 wink

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Found the screw holes on the body of mine, looks like the tripod mount had been removed by a previous owner.

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Just checked the price on these babies, they go for ~£400!!! thats much more than a modern canon f1.8 lens !!!

Canon 5DII and a few lens -- Tachihara 8x10. Chamonix 45N-1, Crown Graphic 4x5. Moskva, Zeiss Super Ikonta C
Bronica S2A, Agfa Super Isolette, Iskra, Rolleiflex. Leica M2, Bessa R, Zorki 1,3,3M and a few more...

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Almost double what I paid for mine buze, and that was only 18 months ago. The big money is spent on the 40-2 versions in black.

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When it was imported in France in1980/90 , it costed 800 FF /120 Euros , I hesitated to buy it and did not get it . It's too heavy and cumbersome .

I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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Over at Imresss DC Watch, they've just post a new article on Sigma SD1M with the Helios-40 ( with some Sigma 85/1.4 comparison ) Its in Japanese, but the photos pretty much tell and you can easily fellow through, click on those samples take you to their full rez JPEG