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  • Helios and UM4.6k

    Hey,

    Every once and a while I have to feed this need of trying out new glass. This Helios has always been on my mind and because it was so cheap, I decided to buy the very popular 44-2 58mm. I have to say I'm in love with the look. Not for every project, of course, but few times have I seen such organic and filmic footage out of the camera like I did after trying out the lens. Just beautiful opticals that are far from perfect but look... perfect to me.

    Just a few grabs with minor grading:







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    You would probably like Pentax Takumars as well. I have a full set I've compiled of (IMO) the best for a 6 lens kit, I love them!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GeranSimpson View Post
      You would probably like Pentax Takumars as well. I have a full set I've compiled of (IMO) the best for a 6 lens kit, I love them!
      Those Takumars are on my list as well those and the Mamiyas 645 Sekor c. And the contax Zeiss. Oh, I need to start making more money lol

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      • #4
        Since we were talking about vintage glass, I went to do a completely unscientific test between my new Helios and my beloved Tokina 28-70. Completely different times of day and light qualities, but it was just to serve my curiosity.

        Let me know what you guys think:

        Helios 44-2 58mm - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5Y...ature=youtu.be


        Tokina 28-70 f2.6 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URst...ature=youtu.be

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GeranSimpson View Post
          You would probably like Pentax Takumars as well. I have a full set I've compiled of (IMO) the best for a 6 lens kit, I love them!

          Would be interested to know more about how these lenses look on a BM cam. I have a ton of Taks, so if the look is good its only the cost of conversions.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by david evans View Post
            Since we were talking about vintage glass, I went to do a completely unscientific test between my new Helios and my beloved Tokina 28-70. Completely different times of day and light qualities, but it was just to serve my curiosity.

            Let me know what you guys think:

            Helios 44-2 58mm - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5Y...ature=youtu.be


            Tokina 28-70 f2.6 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URst...ature=youtu.be

            Ohh lala ! WOW that Helios footage is just beautiful ! What a sensational combo!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by M&M's View Post
              Would be interested to know more about how these lenses look on a BM cam. I have a ton of Taks, so if the look is good its only the cost of conversions.
              Good is subjective. From Taks to SMC-A you have a wide variety of "looks" you can pick for various focal lengths. Just know that you can't fit K-mount lenses on metabones. The thorium lenses are quite warm, I avoid them because they never color match with the others in the kit.

              I find them lacking in the ultra-wide department. The Takumar 20mm is specialty to say the least, and while the 15mm is clean and sharp, it's a rare find and is very expensive.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by M&M's View Post
                Ohh lala ! WOW that Helios footage is just beautiful ! What a sensational combo!!
                Thanks. I am in love with this tiny lens. It is just so organic, but sharp!

                Here are a few more grabs with the Helios:






                Last edited by david evans; 07-03-2019, 02:25 PM.

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                • #9
                  The color looks great. Can you discuss your grading process?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rizibo View Post
                    The color looks great. Can you discuss your grading process?
                    Hey, I used film convert which I don't often use, but after balancing the shots, it looked great to me. But the lens itself has tons of character. The image has density, texture. It's not just about the color, there is a nice and organic highlight rolloff without that purple crap we sometimes see in some lenses. It's a bit low con but that also helps with texture, I feel.

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                    • #11
                      Yes the lens definitely has nice character. Your footage is one of my favorites.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks! Btw, here's a bit more footage on the Helios. This is available in 4k:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXJD...ature=youtu.be

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                        • #13
                          And this was shot with a mix of Tokina 28-70 2.6, Helios 58mm and Tokina 11-20. Can you tell which is which?

                          Attenborough fans, I apologize in advance...

                          https://youtu.be/oJ1xs5hXFkk

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