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This old HELIOS-44-2 58mm lens is an old Soviet technology that definitely has character, that is no doubt about it, this lens has everything that used to be called in the old days a lens flaw, Flare – soft glow and swirling bokeh effect.
But now in modern days, these are the lenses that make art, well you make the art, but it’s easy to get the job done with this lens.
The lens is so popular due to its interesting effects when shot wide open at f/2 as it creates a swirly bokeh pattern along with lens flare and soft glow.
Swirling bokeh effect.
The easiest way to get swirling bokeh effect is to modify the lens a little bit, I have reversed the front glass and the back glass on this lens and the resold is amazing
All the pictures down below are shoot with the Nikon D40 and Helios 44-2 58mm lens with front and rear elements reversed, all the settings 1/500s f/2.8 and with Godox flash.
If you like to use older lenses then you need to control the camera completely manual, shutter – ISO – aperture all manual.
Just but the lens on and sett the mode dial on M and start shooting.