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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2014, 06:44:16 PM »
In searching for the "most compatible" model for a 5D3, I've discovered the following reference table, which has many M42 mount lenses and their compatibility with full frame bodies.

http://www.panoramaplanet.de/comp/#Zenit

I'm still making sense of it.. but, seems that there are multiple variants in the 44M-2, 44M-4, 44M-6 - and not all are created equal.

Can anyone with these lenses clarify exactly which version you have?

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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2014, 01:21:54 PM »
I have a 44-2 and it works fine on my 5d3...

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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2014, 04:24:38 PM »
I have a Helios 44M-6 and it works well on my 6D. But pay attention to the chart ... the items in green may not clear the reflex mirror.

BTW, Dustin Abbott has this to say about M42 lenses here: http://dustinabbott.net/2013/02/the-new-canon-eos-6d-and-classic-m42-lens/


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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2014, 06:02:02 AM »
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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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« Reply #34 on: May 15, 2014, 11:50:59 AM »
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.

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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2014, 10:28:34 AM »
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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Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2014, 10:28:34 AM »