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Is this Helios 44M 58mm f2 different from the rest?
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 3:28 am    Post subject: Is this Helios 44M 58mm f2 different from the rest? Reply with quote

Hello again everyone,


I just recently purchased a Helios 44M 58mm F2, but it is advertised as
"Helios 44M 58mm f/2, M42, USSR Zeiss Biotar copy". Is this the same as the other Helios 44M's or is there something different about it?





PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The advertisement is correct. All Helios 44 series have their root from Biotar. There are various Helios 44 version. Each with slight different variance.

There is a thread on Helios in the forum: http://forum.mflenses.com/complete-helios-lens-list-anyone-t11435,highlight,helios.html. Check the post my no-X, the Helios guru and also posts by other more experience members here. It is a must read thread in my opinion for anyone interested in Helios 44.


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my_photography,

Thanks for your help and the link. I will read it immediately


PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW,

I just saw two helios 44-7's on sale on Ebay, but they were not in the best condition.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200334361979&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220595056511&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT


PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why the big price tag? Just because Very few of this model? I doubt there is much if anything different other than just model name.


PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodrim,

I was thinking the same thing seeing how they both seem to be in such poor condition. I could understand if they were Helios 44M-7's, since there are so few of them around.


PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The price tag may be due in part to the low serial number. The "0" and "00" seem to indicate that it had gone through extra quality control.


PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pwnguin wrote:
The price tag may be due in part to the low serial number. The "0" and "00" seem to indicate that it had gone through extra quality control.

No, it just means it's an early run of these lenses. Not better quality.