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Helios-44 macro

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 25 June 2011 in Plant & Nature.

This is a series of 20 photos taken with my new sort of self made lens. Inspired by this -, I bought an old Soviet Zenit 3M with a 58mm Helios-44 f2.0 lens which I attached to a camera house lid with a hole screwed in it using some sealants. I really enjoy the results - a fast portrait lens (58x1.6mm on my EOS 500D) which forces me to use full manual. Very stimulating and I think it makes me grow as a photographer.

Coming up is 10 photos, decreasing the range to the subjects with each shot. Starting off with a train station and a cat, going further to regular macro with the 58mm, then followed by two shots taken with the lens detached from the body, giving a narrow DOF which is tilted.

After that there are 10 photos taken with my cheap 50mm f1.8 held against the Helios lens, making for some (potentially) interesting shots of plants, potato sprouts, an oxeye daisy and a dragonfly, which sadly died.

Canon EOS 500D 1/1600 second ISO 100

All comments are very much appreciated, good or bad, though I might not answer each and every one I'll take a look at your photoblog if you have one. It's always nice to be inspired by others, so let me know what you think :)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful colour! I like the selective focus and you get a marvellous bokeh with this lens.

25 Jun 2011 7:02am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much the powerful color here.

25 Jun 2011 9:50am

skarlet from kerman, Iran

great colors and light! i like it...

25 Jun 2011 2:52pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Lovely colors !

26 Jun 2011 3:26am

ARIKA from KYOTO, Japan

Beautiful red! The shallow D.O.F matches this image.

2 Jul 2011 3:19am

Canon EOS 500D
1/1600 second
ISO 100