Shooting with legacy lenses : Helios

I keep experimenting. It’s in my nature. I get to feel the pain of learning.

I read that these Helios lenses made in the USSR can produce some appealing bokeh. So, I search the auction sites and bought one from Ukraine.

A model Ге́лиос-44-2, 58mm, f/1:2. Clean, well working with very little wear. I purchased separately a mounting ring to convert the M42 threaded mount to a Nikon F so I could run the lens on my Nikon D5200.

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standing and waiting for the photographer

A nice lens. Here, I’ve captured Mia waiting for me outside of the central train station in Stockholm.

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looking down Klara Norra Kyrkogata

Yet, there are some limitations. Focus at infinity doesn’t quite reach; there is a slight haze in the image.

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Again, when I’m underground, producing a haze around the lights and reflections in the surfaces.

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Downtown Södertälje in Sweden

Again, when I’m out on the town. Or is it some other effect?

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poster wall

Sometimes, the effect is good. A kind of, dreamy softness is given to the image. Like this shot of the poster wall in Kungsträdgården subway station.

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However, when I pull the focus away from infinity, I can catch some nice shots.

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Window Shopping Downtown Stockholm in Sweden
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ÅHLÈNS

Downtown Stockholm, Sweden.

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toalett

A pedestrian passing in front of the toalet in Stockholm’s T-Centralen.

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ha, it’s my fruit stand

A vendor on Hay Market giving me an evil gesture.

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ASH

Grafitto on a brick wal in Södertälje.

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underhålls ej vintertid

But, this is the effect that I am looking for from this lens; bokeh. That soft, bent, ringed effect on the lights. Yet, in this image on ly on the lights well behind the subject.

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