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By chase
I had a visit a couple of days ago from a fellow ePzer, Mr. Duder, aka dudler. He brought with him a Helios lens for me to play with, thank you John, very much appreciated.
I have wanted to have a go with one for ages but, never got round to doing anything about it Blush
So, here is the first attempt, going right against my need for detail.
I must admit, it was hard word fiddling about with the front dials Wink

Nothing much done to this, a tidy up crop and a levels adjustment.
The bg is as was, the light is camera left from my open garage door, twas a tad on the cool side in there Sad

No HDR, no added texture and goodness only knows what my settings were !

Thanks for getting here.
Constructive critique and mods welcome.
Janet xx

Tags: Still life Daylight Trial Cotton Chalk Pins Experiment Helios 44-2 its a bit blurry

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mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2575 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2022 4:26PM
The image seems to be dissolving gently, I love that effect. Plus it's giving you a thumbs up ssignal.
Saastad 3 16 17 Norway
27 Feb 2022 4:41PM
Exciting lens and photo with fine focus.
Lovely colours and a fine composition too.

SlowSong Plus
14 10.6k 30 England
27 Feb 2022 5:26PM
Used beautifully on hard, and not obvious, subject matter.
James124 Plus
7 62 54 Portugal
27 Feb 2022 6:01PM
Nice soft effect from the Helios, and gentle colour. I thought at first you'd used a Lensbaby.

We had one of these lenses on my wife's Zenit-E (bought while we we were in Moscow in 1974. I don't remember it ever being this soft, though the colours were quite cold compared with my Spotmatic with Takumar 50mm . Unfortunately I can't find it now, but I know it was not thrown away, so I'm hoping it will turn up one day. We do have the tiny Industar 50mm/f3.5. that was supplied with the camera, Ive no idea of its performanxce a we never used it.
Excellent effect ..Nice work

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1974 England
27 Feb 2022 6:35PM
For clarity (or not!)...

This was a Helios with the front element reversed, as explained in THIS BLOG, and the use on a Nikon is HERE.

It's a simple procedure, once you have the special watchmaker's wrench, 12 on eBay. I'm happy to do the operation for anyone with a Helios, in return for return postage (paid to me) and a donation to Oxfam (send me the receipt). However - not all Helios lenses are equal, and later ones don't have enough spare thread in the mount to allow the retaining ring to engage over a back-to-front front element, as I think the blog explains.

Without the reversal, a Helios is a moderately OK long standard lens (58mm instead of 50mm): once the element's turned round, it is very Lensbaby-like, with strong falloff away from the centre that varies inversely with stopping down. At a rough guess, this was at f/4-f/8 or thereabouts. It's hard to read the aperture because of the preset mechanism and two aperture rings.
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2022 6:39PM
Fascinating still life...
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chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
27 Feb 2022 6:41PM
Thanks all.

John, I set the aperture to F16-F2 on the outer ring, then I used the inner ring to adjust the aperture. Live view proved useful Wink I think that was the instruction, hope I got it right.
A good explanation of the reversal operation, I understood it when we spoke but explain it....nah Blush
27 Feb 2022 6:49PM
Well done for giving it a go. I bought one of these lenses once but fast sold it on because I just couldn't focus the thing. I bought it because I'd seen some groovy images of flowers with wonderful bokeh and 'special effects'. I'm sure you will treat us to similar soon?!
chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
27 Feb 2022 6:54PM

Quote:I'm sure you will treat us to similar soon?!

Maybe, once Spring gets here properly, thought I would make a start with something a bit different to use the lens on, Autumn and Fungi could be challenging Wink
cooky Plus
19 6 8 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2022 7:09PM
Well that works and look forward to seeing your other images Janet.

27 Feb 2022 7:59PM
Most pleasing image,lovely drop of in clarity, reminds me a little of vaseline on the lens. My, we did mistreat our gear in years past SmileSmileSmile
27 Feb 2022 9:11PM
Lovely soft effect...Lin
saltireblue Plus
12 13.5k 83 Norway
28 Feb 2022 8:32AM
Well, all this technical talk flies straight over my head, but I will say the effect, however it is achieved, is very pleasing indeed. More, please, MJ!
28 Feb 2022 11:08AM
Love your still life photography Janet - Terrific
Techno Plus
14 6.9k 8 England
10 Mar 2022 4:50PM
Fascinating image and write up, I enjoy experimenting with "odd ball" lenses, and the effects they sometimes create, this is one such image, well done...

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