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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:06 am    Post subject: Helios-44M-Macro Reply with quote

No, it doesn't exist. Wink
I made one, with the extension tubes.
The results are quite amazing!



Shot at f/8 400 ISO with the 5D, hand held (too lazy to set up a tripod)
Even at f/8 the DOF is super narrow, the rest is bokeh - BUT WHAT BOKEH for a f/8!

Helios-44M-Macro: the "ARTISTIC MACRO" lens??? Very Happy

Direct link:
http://img480.imageshack.us/img480/9919/helios44martisticmacrolis9.jpg


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wide open, the DOF is some fraction of a millimeter. The rest is TOTAL BOKEH - of the creamy puffy type:



direct link:
http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/5690/helios44mmacrowideopencf7.jpg


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love these extension tubes! Quite a bunch of fun for a 8.50 Eur! Smile


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice results. I'll give it a try if I get some macro rings.

Some german sellers try to make money with this combination. see this often on ebay without mentioning the lens or only very small in the description. Together with a few very good images - and so this combination goes by for very high prices. Much more than Helios and extension ring alone.

Michael


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont forget to look for a reverse adapter!

the result is mazing, even with the rings


Guido


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely pictures, but are they from the Hubble telescope looking at the surface of Mars, or an electron microscope looking at a fly's eye? Smile


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice images, Orio!
Shooting with such a narrow DoF is not easy.


Borges wrote:

Some german sellers try to make money with this combination. see this often on ebay without mentioning the lens or only very small in the description. Together with a few very good images - and so this combination goes by for very high prices. Much more than Helios and extension ring alone.


That's right. I once have seen a Pentacon 50mm lens with a distance ring going for 100,- !!! That's crazy!


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, now you can see why I like closer shoots Smile


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peterqd wrote:
Lovely pictures, but are they from the Hubble telescope looking at the surface of Mars, or an electron microscope looking at a fly's eye? Smile


It's a pine cone of Pinus pinea (Italian Stone Pine). Smile


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attila wrote:
Yeah, now you can see why I like closer shoots Smile


I am really pleased by the result and you know why?
I expected the lens to lose something of its wonderful roundness of detail when focused so close, but no - the Helios-44 remains every inch as smooth and gorgeous close up as it is normally focused.

(as you know, all lenses except those with floating elements can not perform well at very different focusing points)

Tomorrow if the rain allows I will try the tubes with the Volna-9.
I will use only one tube because the VOlna is already a macro lens - optimized for closeup.
So I really expect the top of the top performance!

Without tubes it can only reach 1:2
So the tubes will turn it into something closer to a 1:1


PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I estimate Volna will be a clear winner , much sharper than Helios, let we see!