WTB: Helios 58/2

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  1. ColdEye

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    Before going to ebay and buying stuff overseas, I'd like to post here first instead. Looking for a Helios 58/2 (any version is fine). Cosmetic condition does not matter, as long as glass is clean and focus is not very stiff. PM me for offers. Thanks.
     
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    Nice lens. I lucked out with my Helios 58/2 M42. I tested it against my 50mm Pentax Super Takumar 1.4 and I think the Helios is a bit sharper.
     
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    Are you looking specifically for a Helios? Or will another M42 lens do?
     
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    Chrismat: I used to own one, I think it was one of the earlier versions with the veeery funky OOF areas. Surprisingly sharp tho. :smile:

    elekm: As long as it is in m42 mount and around 50mm range. :D
     
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    I only ask, because there are many inexpensive 50mm lenses. For example, you could buy a Praktica LTL or MTL, probably for $30-$60, and get a good 50mm lens. Plus, the LTL and MTL bodies are very good cameras. Not state-of-the-art, but good, practical cameras ... "Praktica"l.

    The earlier Praktica FX models often have a Biotar or Tessar, but those often need to be rehabbed. Same goes for the even-earlier Contax and Pentacon models. Plus, these have manual or semi-automatic apertures (you have to reopen the aperture after each shot). These use lightweight alloy mounts (aluminum barrels).

    As well, the Vivitar XC-3 camera often will have a f/1.7-2.1 50mm lens attached that is very good. These often sell for $20 or less. There are f/2.8 versions, but I'm not sure if these are Planar or Tessar types.

    If I was looking for a 50mm lens, I probably would go for a Praktica LTL/MTL first or a Vivitar 50mm lens.
     
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    ColdEye, I have a few M42 50mms. I'll bring them with the 200mm and you can check them out.
     
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    Thanks, that sounds awesome. :smile: Thread closed.
     
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