Focal length: 58mm
Mount: M39 Zenit (see last paragraph)
Aperture: F 2.0 - F 16
Min focus distance: 0.50m
Length (from flange): 46/56mm [+ 27mm for the adapter], rear element protrudes 8mm
A7 and the lens.
Sample pictures: You may click
on the sample image (except closest focus) for full resolution. The
full resolution image opens in a new window, so you can keep it open
for comparison. Focus is on the
dish to the right of the big solar panel near the center of the photo.
F 2. ISO 100.
Closest focus is 37cm from
edge of the lens, F 8. Focus on
the program wheel of the camera.
This old lens was sold with early Zenit SLR cameras. The old Zenit
be found for very moderate prices because of the compatibility problem,
nevertheless a very decent lens. This is a second one of the old
8-blade version from KMZ, slightly newer than the first one (N0266115 vs.
N0256726), just to test the variations within the production series.
Both are from the 1960s. I don't see much difference between the two.
open it's a bit soft and has a
hint of shades at edges, but it's usable. Stopped down a little
sharp already. The lens has good
close focussing capablities. It is relatively big and heavy. It doesn't
close the aperture automatically, it stays open for focus when you set
a smaller stop and you have to turn a ring to close it to the value you
preset separately. A nice lens which offers
one usable stop more than a standard lens.
For the "Bokeh" of the different Helios 44 lenses I have made a separate page.
The M39 Zenit Mount is
the same thread as ordinary M39 (Leica), but
a different flange focal distance. Please refer to the russian