I have discovered old MF lenses and am loving them!
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I just picked up a Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 from 1974... and boy, it is fantastic... best 15 gbp I've ever spent!!!!
Nice photos! Since you like that sort of thing, if you haven't already you might also want to try some other similar lenses, such as the Jupiter 9 - 85mm f2 and rather soft and dreamy wide open (at least mine is), creating wonderful blurred images and, thanks to its 15 blade aperture, out-of-focus highlights remain more-or-less perfectly round as you stop it down. (There's another Russian lens, Tair 11-A, that has 20!)
Please check on the link below for compatibility. Some copies of 44-2 will hit the mirror of 5D3. Mine is an example.
Great thread... did not know about this lens. Just picked one up for 12 pounds.... Just waiting for the adapter ring and I'll see how i do with it!
Do you know of any other great M42 lenses that would be good on a 5D mKIII?
Just depends on what you're looking for.
For me, getting M42 lenses was more about getting character lenses than finding affordable alternatives as I have all my FLs covered with current lenses.
If you are in the same boat, take a look at the Helios 40-2 (85/1.5) as well. It has the most pronounced swirling bokeh/unique look I have seen yet from any of my M42 lenses. There is also the Zenit 50/1.7 with the square bokeh (optical formula believed to be copied from Leica) which is my second favorite.
As far as the Helios 44 models, I have the 44-2, 44m-4, 44m-7, and the 77m-4. While the latter two are newer, the swirly bokeh is definitely still present and the resolution is noticeably higher. All four have been used with both a 5D3 and 6D without issue.
The multi-coated Takumars are also very nice. Although I don't find that they offer anything unique over my modern lenses which is why they get mounted the least.