Helios 44-2 2/58 | review with examples of photos and videos

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Helios 44-2 is an improvement of Helios 44 "white" with M39 connecting thread. Distinctive feature lens compared to the old Helios, the hull is black.

The lens is a kit. What is a kit lens? Kit lens (from the English kit - kit) - slang word - interchangeable lens, which comes with the camera at the time of sale. Often this refers to a specific entry-level zoom lens that comes with budget cameras (EF-S 18-55mm f / 3,5-5,6 for Canon, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 VA for Nikon, 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 Sony, DA 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 AL from Pentax, etc.)

Standard lens for the camera "Zenit» different years. As a rule, since the 60s, the year of manufacture on Soviet lenses was part of the serial number of the lens, and was printed in the first two digits. Heroes of the review - Helios-44-2 with M42x1 thread for Zenit-E.

Soviet photographic lens Helios-44-2 58/2

This model was produced for a long time without any significant changes in design. Depending on the year of production and the manufacturer, the frame lens Helios-44-2 58mm f / 2.0 (this is the full factory name of the model) may be painted black, may have no color, or may be partially painted. There are copies produced by MMZ, painted in the style of "monocyclic zebra".

Minsk Helios 44-2, monocyclic zebra

The Helios 44-2 is a lens with a ribbed focusing ring, an 8-blade diaphragm and a presetting ring.

Scheme of the Soviet lens Helios 44-2

Looks like a diagram Zeiss Biotar 58mm f / 2, the ancestor of all "Helios" is "Biotar Krasnogorsky". Both, in turn, are a modification of the "double Gaussian" scheme.

Specifications Helios-44-2

Focal length: 58 mm (58,60 mm)
Relative aperture: 1:2
Field of View: 40 ° 28'
Frame size: 24 x 36 mm

Number of lenses / groups: 6/4
Front vertex focal length: −34,25 mm
Rear vertex focal length: 38,05 mm
Distance from first to last surface: 39,80 mm
First surface luminous diameter: ∅29,5 mm
Luminous diameter of the last surface: ∅24,7 mm

Resolution (0/10/20 mm) 3): 46/33/26 lines / mm
Resolution according to technical specifications (center / region): 38/20 lines / mm
Light transmission coefficient: 0,82
Geometric vignetting: 58%
Color formula: 10-0-1,5

Enlightenment type: single layer, chemical

Near Focus Limit: 0,5 m
Aperture scale limits: 1: 2-1: 16
Number of aperture blades: 8

Working segment: 45,5 mm
lens with a camera: M42 × 1
for screw-in nozzles: M49 × 0,75
for slip-on attachments: ∅54 mm

length lens without covers: 47 mm
largest frame diameter: 60 mm
Weight: 0,23 kg

Year of development: presumably: November 1951, XNUMX

Helios 44-2. In work

Why black?

The big problem with Helios-44 was that the lens body glared and gave a brighter image to the exposure meter built into the camera. Because of this, the exposure calculator displayed incorrect parameters. The lens had to be painted. Along the way, they simplified the design by removing a good part of the diaphragm blades from it.


The lens focuses within 0,5 - 14 meters, the values ​​on the focusing ring are approximate. There is a scale for calculating the hyperfocal distance of the lens, as well as calculating the depth of field.

Helios' focusing ring is grippy, thanks to the nut-like ribs. Manual focusing is provided by rotating the focusing ring around the lens unit axis. The front edge of the lens barrel comes out at the maximum focusing distance - about 1,1 cm. The lens unit does not rotate when focusing, as it happens on some DDR lenses.

The rotation of the ring is often tight, since over time the factory grease loses its properties. A timely serviced lens, as a rule, does not have any comments on the rotation of the rings. How to service your Helios - in this article.

When focusing visually without using Live View or a special screen, due to the shallow depth of field, focusing on cameras with a small size, the viewfinder is difficult and can lead to focusing errors. Infinity in Helios-44-2 comes a little earlier than it is engraved on the lens, namely from 10-12 meters. Helios-44-2 met with a flight over infinity, but these are most likely flaws in either assembly or service.

Aperture Helios 44-2

Iris, 8-petal, manual diaphragm... Petals of insufficient blackening, therefore, actively participate in reducing the quality of the picture when shooting in difficult conditions. Relative aperture of Helios 44-2 is adjustable in the range from 1: 2 at open and up to 1:16 at fully closed diaphragm. Nuts in hips appear already at f / 4.

Preset ring

Helios 44-2 58/2 does not have a diaphragm push drive. The stock and the jumping mechanism, as on the Helios-44M and later, are absent. The preset ring is located just in front of the diaphragm control ring and looks more like a body part than an auxiliary control.

Often, users are unaware of the existence of this ring. Presetting the aperture is necessary because the aperture values ​​printed on the body are inverted due to the past metering and focusing features.

Aperture control without an additional fixation ring seems strange - the value is 1:16, in fact it corresponds to 1:2. Everything falls into place when you start using the aperture preset.


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