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Production resumed Helios 40-2, Zenitar, TeleZenitar
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very in on this action as well! Although i already have a copy Very Happy


PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me this is fantastic news.
I have always loved Russian lenses and the way that they render.
Now I have the opportunity to buy new and at very competitive prices it seems.
This makes me very happy to see...
Ok so now how do we go about placing orders and getting the lenses out to us manual lens addicts? Smile Very Happy


PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With all my respect to any contact to Russia, please purchase carefully I won't see here many disappointed members without lens and money...


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shipment to Europe with EMS (express mail service) With tracking is 2005 rubles + 150 rubles box and packaging film 15 rubles . Total 2170 rubles or 54 euros, or 70.4 USD
Insurance 0.6% of the amount

prepayment with paypal

If anyone is interested, write to the PM


Last edited by Metalluga on Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:47 am; edited 1 time in total


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NewStuff wrote:
fermy wrote:
Yep, that's MIR 20 3.5/20mm, for 190 Euros.


I hope to hell it's decent optically, because I may well forgo my intended Samyang 14mm for that in M42. I need to find some example shots.

Metalluga, You seem to know a fair bit about these. Do You work for, or are associated with the company? How would I go about ordering this in the UK?

2 shots from my Mir 20 on my 1DIII, the color is great, there is some CA when shooting WO, it does get better stopped down, the lens was well used, newer versions could be better.




PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the Helios 40-2 at this price will be irresistible!

fermy wrote:
Yep, that's MIR 20 3.5/20mm, for 190 Euros.


right, at this store the Mir 47 f2.5/20 sells and has been selling for less than 200 USD:
http://www.rugift.com/photocameras/lens-mc-mir-47m.htm
The f3.5 is not offered now, it used to be more expensive, but if I remember right 249 usd?


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kuuan wrote:
the Helios 40-2 at this price will be irresistible!

I would like to own a copy myself!

It's off topic, but I see a lot of CA/PF from the mir. More samples in another thread?


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metalluga wrote:
Shipment to Europe with EMS (express mail service) With tracking is 2005 rubles + 150 rubles box and packaging film 15 rubles . Total 2170 rubles or 54 euros, or 70.4 USD
Insurance 0.6% of the amount

prepayment with paypal


That's not to bad for express.

Does anyone know of a reliable Escrow service that will deal with this?


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is actually not that surprising news, if they have continued producing Cyclops all this time.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kansalliskala wrote:
This is actually not that surprising news, if they have continued producing Cyclops all this time.

This is not a Cyclops, this is Helios. In Cyclops same optical design, but no a drive aperture, Cyclops can shoot only open aperture.

Someone will be able to visit the exhibition PHOTOKINA - 2012 it is likely that there will be shown under the Helios 40-2 bayonet EF, F, K.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metalluga wrote:

Someone will be able to visit the exhibition PHOTOKINA - 2012 it is likely that there will be shown under the Helios 40-2 bayonet EF, F, K.


Great news for me - and I think for most manual lens lover!

I visit the Photokina this weekend. And I love to see all the interessting new things there. The new Zenit/KMZ lenses are very interessting. I do not plan to buy one - I already have a Helios 40.
Now lets see if the new lens is the same - and what price drop result this get for the old Helios 40-2 (do not plan to sell mine).

And I wait how long it will take until someone will produce a Meyer Trioplan 100 bokeh copy Smile


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metalluga wrote:
kansalliskala wrote:
This is actually not that surprising news, if they have continued producing Cyclops all this time.

This is not a Cyclops, this is Helios. In Cyclops same optical design, but no a drive aperture, Cyclops can shoot only open aperture.


Yes I know. I meant that if the optical lenses are even somewhat same, then production could be much easier to start again?

edit: "optical lenses" Smile


PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow prices of used Helios 40-2 will drop like crazy on ebay. It's $260 before discount and it's brand new. Why would anyone buy used ones at $400? I'm I didn't win my auction on Helios 40-2 couple months ago.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So aside from having personal contacts in Russia, is there any way for us poor overseas chaps to get one of these helios 40 beauties? Smile


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I feel a group buy coming along Razz

Scratch me up for a Helios 40 too! to. er two. er too. .. .. as well!

Is anyone at the show this year? Someone in Germany, go 'ave a look!


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can count me for a Group buy too. Providing it has good IQ and the same rendering as older versions.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lightshow wrote:
Can count me for a Group buy too. Providing it has good IQ and the same rendering as older versions.


Same here.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in for the group buy depending on final price Smile


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in too...


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Count me in.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helios-40-2 of the same quality materials if produced today would have price of at least 750 EUR. Minimum.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pancolart wrote:
Helios-40-2 of the same quality materials if produced today would have price of at least 750 EUR. Minimum.

I think the production cost will be much expensive than the old date. Let's see if the final price is attractive to us. Wink


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metalluga, you should send a link to this thread to the factory management. I would suspect they could double their sales by selling internationally, but they would need to get the word out.

PS: Word got out on other forums too: http://www.mu-43.com/f40/russian-lens-production-starts-up-again-33267/


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pancolart wrote:
Helios-40-2 of the same quality materials if produced today would have price of at least 750 EUR. Minimum.

How do you know this?


PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sirrith wrote:
Pancolart wrote:
Helios-40-2 of the same quality materials if produced today would have price of at least 750 EUR. Minimum.

How do you know this?

It's an estimate. Imagine Samyang with thicker, solid materials and whole different production process.