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George
09-09-2012, 04:06 PM
Hello, I've just won a HELIOS-44M 58mm f/2 2/58 PRIME LENS on ebay, but the owner said he has a pentacon auto 50mm 1.8 prime if I want to have that instead as It's faster. I've got roughly till tomorrow to decide...just wondered if you guys had any opinions/used them on dslrs?

Cheers

robmneilson
09-09-2012, 04:20 PM
I loved the Helios lenses that I had when I used DSLRs. That said I would take the Pentacon if its worth more money. I remember the Hellios 44M cost around $30-50.

George
09-09-2012, 04:24 PM
I think their both worth about the same. I've looked at the videos of them both online and it seems such a close call...

robmneilson
09-09-2012, 05:14 PM
If you end up with the helios, look into getting a 40-1, or 40-2. It was my favorite lens for a long while.

Tim Hole
09-09-2012, 05:26 PM
I have a few of the Helios lenses and I do really like them and paid next to nothing for them. Great build, long focus throw and nice optics. I've a feeling the Pentacom only has six aperture blades...but I would have to look it up.

George
09-10-2012, 04:09 AM
Just had a look online and yea it has six aperture blades, would this be a problem? I think the Helios has 8 blades

RaphaelWood
09-10-2012, 04:49 AM
The Helios is a perfect copy of the Zeiss Biotar lens so in essence it's a Carl Zeiss. Superior glass and no brainer here, go for Helios.

Jorge De Silva
09-10-2012, 05:04 AM
I love the Helios character. :)

-> https://vimeo.com/search?q=HELIOS-44M

George
09-10-2012, 05:38 AM
I think i'm gonna stick with the Helios then, I think then next purchase is gonna be an old anamorphic lens.

Jorge De Silva
09-10-2012, 06:19 AM
I think i'm gonna stick with the Helios then, I think then next purchase is gonna be an old anamorphic lens.

Wise decision :)

Tim Hole
09-10-2012, 06:58 AM
Just had a look online and yea it has six aperture blades, would this be a problem? I think the Helios has 8 blades

It's not a problem, it relates to the characteristics of the bokeh. The more blades the closer to circular bokeh, although optics and coatings also heavily affect the quality of the bokeh.