Adventures With A Vintage Russian Lens – Part Two

If you’ve read my last post you’ll know all about my excitement at finding a vintage Russian lens at a bargain price on eBay – if you haven’t read it you can find it here.

After trying it for portraits I then got to spend a wonderful couple of days showing a lovely photographer friend some of the North West of England and I decided to use the Helios as a general walk about lens and see how it performed.

I photographed beaches, flowers, iron men and of course cups of coffee (no photography outing is complete without coffee!) and I have to say I’m still loving it.

Crosby beach with Helios 44-2 58mm vintage russian lens Online photography courses Close up photos with Helios 44-2 58mm vintage russian lens Landscapes with Helios 44-2 58mm vintage russian lens Flowers with Helios 44-2 58mm vintage russian lens Costa coffee with Helios 44-2 58mm vintage russian lens

For anyone that’s interested the lens is a Helios 44-2, its a 58mm focal length and has no electronics, so its manual focus and aperture change. All the above images were shot wide open at f2.

And today I’ve been using it for still life and food, and I STILL can’t find fault with it! I’ll be sharing some of today’s pictures on Instagram and if you’d like to look you can find me as @definitely_dreaming.


  • Reza Reply

    Great shots Janet. You know, the only problem(!) I had with fully manual lenses was focusing. Just that!

    Those flowers look so lovely!! And really beautiful bokeh too!

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks Reza!
      I’ve only just discovered that my camera has “focus peaking”, with it turned on everything in focus flashes red. It’s a massive help!

      • Reza Reply

        Just looked that up! Really wow!!!
        Well, my camera does’n have it, but thanks for info 🙂

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