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Lenses / Re: Helios 44-2
« on: May 20, 2014, 05:07:48 PM »
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!)

Thanks...  i'm checking out those lenses too!  ;)

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Lenses / Re: Helios 44-2
« on: May 20, 2014, 04:41:49 PM »
Please check on the link below for compatibility.  Some copies of 44-2 will hit the mirror of 5D3. Mine is an example.


I actually think that this might have something to do with the adapters too....  Mine has no issue and I tried all focal lengths (whilst preying silently to the gods of light). Well done on the fix-it job.

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Lenses / Re: Helios 44-2
« on: May 20, 2014, 12:31:08 PM »
Hey, yep with a 5D mk iii and no problems with the mirror, even at infinity! Get one, and enjoy! :)

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Lenses / Helios 44-2
« on: May 20, 2014, 07:12:55 AM »
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!!!!




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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.

Thanks...  some great info there!  I have most covered with my EF lenses, but i find the character of these old lenses are great! :)

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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?

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Great re-16-35 IS!

I bought a 17-40 in December for a great price...  I don't use it that much here, but maybe in a couple of years i'll upgrade! :)  New lenses are always good....  The 10-18 too....  nice price too!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Interested in Hasselblad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 09:30:15 AM »
Come on Canon....  Get stuck in...  though i see PhaseOne or Sony over Canon, as CR already suggested....  :(

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:46:05 AM »
This is a great video...  for how to rationalise purchases to the other half!  :)

i'm kind of in agreement re the focal length leaps...  I have a 24L, a 50 (1.8) and want a 100L at some point down the line (70-200 is doing ok at the moment).

Strangely enough, I rarely use my 50...  hence why i have never up-graded it! :) I tend to go wide or long, normal is just too, well, normal! :)

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Lenses / Re: so finally
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:39:20 AM »
Congrats! :) Enjoy your new toy! :)

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:19:50 AM »
Damn fine kit there...  :) Congrats....  Lets hope canon are listening and bring out a few new toys to tempt you out of your 'retirement'! :P

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16-35 f/4 IS is interesting...  wide angle with IS...  good range for crop and UWA for FF... 

Anyway, it will be expensive...  I will see how it does when it is in the wild before i would consider buying it, and even then i would wait 6 months - year after it is announced for the price to stabilize!

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Lenses / Re: More Wide Angle Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:23:13 PM »
I'm no longer anxious about this...I purchased a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 to hold me over.

+1 but 17-40!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:GreyCat/Gear_Acquisition_Syndrome

Well that clears it up...  in which case i have a 5 month chip and counting...  one day at a time!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:51:44 PM »
ScubaX - thanks, that was exactly the info i needed/misread! If i get it it will be those...  but as Dukinald said the PD strap has a smaller footprint. I can imagine buying one and butchering it for the locking mechanism and dongle bits! Could be very nice indeed! :)

Drad-man - thanks for the info, I do infact have a couple of Lockstars already. BR kindy sent them to me after my camera came loose. They also paid for my lens repairs, which was very nice of them. This is why i still use their products!

Thanks guys...  this was very useful for me! :)

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