Some samples from a Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom lens

This short post is to show some sample pictures taken with the Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom lens on a digital camera. My particular copy is fitted with an M42 mount, and I used it on a Sony Nex6 mirror-less camera. My Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom Lens This lens was included in a job lot purchase of cameras I bought a few weeks ago. It was fitted to a black Spotmatic SPII and since the total price […]

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Some samples from a Helios 44M lens

The Russian Helios 44M lens was supplied on most of the Zenit 35mm slr cameras produced and, since there were literally millions made, is readily available for a relatively low price. Being M42 screw mount means it’s possible to adapt it to a large number of mirror-less and DSLR cameras. I have a couple of examples, both or which are the 44M version which has the aperture actuation pin in the lens mount to allow the lens to be stopped […]

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Helios 44M focus thread cleanup

This post describes the Helios 44M focus thread cleanup procedure I used on my Helios  prime lens after I discovered the focus ring was sticky and gummed up with old grease. The pictures which accompany  this procedure are shown below as a gallery. Helios 44M focus thread cleanup images I recently acquired a couple of these lenses when I bought a Zenit EM and a Zenit 11 35mm SLR which had these fitted as standard lenses. They are very useful lenses […]

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