Helios 44m-4 Portraits

A small post today. I took some portraits of kids in the rain a couple of days ago. This lens is really something. All shot wide open at f/2. on the X-Pro1. The images in black and white from this lens has such great clarity and contrast. A true favorite lens of mine.







  1. Jonas,

    Just found your blog recently and must say that i really like what you are doing here especially with the X-Pro1 and legacy lenses… I really like this set with the Helios 44M-4, though i am not familiar with them, it does however remind me of the Minolta MD 50mm f/2… I would have to hunt one down and try it. What adapter are you using if you don’t mind sharing?

    Keep it up the good work!


    1. Hi Kelvin.

      I wrote a mail to you yesterday. You were one of the main reasons I got the 50mm f/1.2 minolta. I love your blog. Thank you for stopping by my humble place.


  2. Beautiful portraits. I am glad to see other having similar interests. I have one 58mm Helios (what a lens it is) and three Minoltas on my Fuji X-E1. I am one happy shooter.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. i exchanged my Canon 5D mark ll for the Fujifilm X-E1. Canon might be very sharp with the Zeiss lenses i used, the Canon will never give colors and dynamic contrast the way Fujifilm does!
    I bought the Helios 58mm, cant wait for it to arive, even more after reviewubg your blog!!

    1. Hi Jouke.

      Yeah. The Fujis produce amazing colors. They have great IQ. Congrats on you lens purchase, I’m sure you won’t regret it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Hi José.

      I have the 2.0 Super tak. If I ever get my hands on either 1.4 or 1.8 I will surely review it 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.


    2. Finally I got my Helios 58/2 44. I use it with my Fujifilm X-E1, and truly, sofar I didn’t put my Funijon 35 1.4 back on the camera! For MonoChrome it is fantastic. Colors also, but tend blue-isch. Do you also experience that? Also, I find it difficult to get it very sharp, but the bookeh really gives such great results and nice contrast that it doesn’t matter that they are not all that super sharp. Here are my results: http://jbvoolstra.wordpress.com/russian-helios-582-type-44/
      Anyhow, it is your site that pulled me to get this lens, and I wished I got it earlier!

  4. I have a question about adaptor… do i need to do anything other then mount the lens on adapter and adapter on my Fuji? I saw it for the old fujinon lens that you had to do stuff to be able to use aperture ring… Do I need anything to this lens/adaptor?

    1. Hi Anastasia,
      I screw the lens onto tha adapter so it becomes one unit. Then I can simply attach that unit to the camera like it is just a regular lens. That’s it. You need to change a setting in the camera to fool it that no lens is attached. You can operate the lens (aperture ring and focus..) like it is a manual lens.

  5. I have an old Helios 44 2/58 from my first SLR (a Zenit) . When the Zenit shutter died I put the Helios on a second hand Cosina body. Is there any way I can get to use it on my Canon 5D II or III ?

  6. Jonas,

    Thank you so much for this post! Having read it, I spent the rest of my day supercharged with excitement about giving my Helios a new life. I am in the process of moving to an X series camera so you cover both topics in one post. May I drop you an email with a few questions? Again thanks a lot for inspiration!

    1. Hej Henrik.

      Jeg bruger bare en no-name adapter fra ebay. Virker fint 🙂 Kan også sagtens fokusere til uendeligt.

      Tak fordi du læste på bloggen.

      Mvh Jonas

      1. Hej Jonas,
        Tak for svaret, der er stor forskel på priserne, så jeg napper også bare en af de billige.
        Super blog, det er en fornøjelse at læse 🙂
        Mvh Henrik

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