March 9, 2015 at 1:43AM


Any opinions on the M42 lenses?

Im looking into vintage lenses and I have read that the M42 Helios are the best. Any opinions on that or can you suggest anything better for around the same price?



I have a Helios 58mm f/2.0 which I bought for around £20. It has fantastic character and is fairly sharp. I love it!

I also have a Pentacon 35mm f/2.8, again, bought very cheap (£15 I think...) but it's not a particularly good one!

The slightly more expensive Carl Zeiss lenses (can be around £150) are meant to be very sharp.

Price-wise; you probably can't get anything much better in this price range. Just remember that these are old lenses and can be hard to find a really good one. They're also fully manual - which I find is good for video, but don't expect any auto-focus!

They're generally cheap, robust, sharp (hit or miss), and full of character.

Hope that helps somewhat!

March 9, 2015 at 8:20AM


Super Takumar 55mm f2.0 is wonderful (better than Helios 44?). Many of them, like one of my 2, are slightly radioactive.

May 22, 2015 at 4:07PM

Julian Richards
Film Warlord

Check the super-takumars, they offer great bang for the buck. Also other soviet brands like mir and jupiter, these are more gloomy/with more character like the helios, more vintage and less contrasty.

April 8, 2016 at 6:51AM


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