From Russia with Love by phil_howcroft

From Russia with Love

From Russia with love

I have two Helios 44 58mm f2 lenses.

A 44M 2/58 (the left hand side free standing lens) and a 44-2 2/58 attached to a Zenit-E SLR in the pic.

Followers will have seen a few images of my photostream from the 44M , but to date I've not posted any with the 44-2. Both are renowned for creating beautiful swirly bokeh. If you read internet reviews the earlier 44-2 probably swirls a little bit easier

I bought the 44M on it's own from a charity shop, and the 44-2 came with the Zenit-E from a different charity shop.


The 44M serial number on the barrel indicates the lens was manufactured between 1979 and 82.

The camera is from 1969 and the 44-2 lens from pre 1970

The logos on equipment indicate it was all built at the KMZ factory - Krasnogorskiy Mechanicheskiy Zavod. The factory, situated in the town of Krasnogorsk, It built both military and commercial optics and was a massive factory. At it's height the factory probably employed 30,000 workers from a town of 100,000 inhabitants.

I won't use the camera , but I will use the 44-2, watch out for photos appearing soon ...well in the Spring probably. Actually, I've changed my mind, I might use the camera in the summer !

I have lenses I've not yet used yet from my vintage collection, as I managed to get some good finds in the autumn and winter :) . My lenses exceed the capacity of photo opportunities to use them (if that makes sense)

The above collection cost me less than 30-00GBP

On a sad note, when I was messing around with the camera, I opened the back to see a used 35mm film was in the camera. Opening the back would have "fogged the film". Note to myself , "next time you get an old camera, use the rewind lever before you open the back !


From Russia with love :)
very nice ...
February 11th, 2019  
Pretty!
February 11th, 2019  
great finds Phil
February 12th, 2019  
What interesting finds...and good reminder re: old cameras and film!
February 12th, 2019  
Are you sure the film is fogged because of opening the camera? That is what sprang out to me from your account - and to wonder who used these lens and the camera. Fascinating!
February 12th, 2019  
p.s. to me the slr looks a modest size compared with modern dslr's?
February 12th, 2019  
I am going to be thinking of Sean Connery all day now!
February 12th, 2019  
What an interesting narrative. Did you salvage the film? I hope you did - might have some thrilling pictures in it. When I used to visit my son in the Uk I never interested my self in going into charity shops to look around - I must have missed opportunities like yours. Now you make me cry each time you show a new lens.
February 12th, 2019  
Great old camera...fav
February 12th, 2019  
Nice camera Phil....you do love your different cameras, great have enough knowledge to know which to pick.
February 12th, 2019  
Great information Phil, you obviously have done a lot of research, and It's good to be able to see the items you describe too. Shame about the film.
February 12th, 2019  
@gamelee thanks lee , i was really sad about the film !!!

@happypat thanks Pat, the internet is a great resource for information regarding lenses and cameras :)

@ivan cheers ivan much appreciated :) 77

@sangwann dione the film wasn't recoverable :(

@casablanca Ha Ha Casa' I hope the urge to think about Sean has now gone :)

@quietpurplehaze thanks haze it is small but heavy , yes the film would be no good once I openened the back !

@granagringa thanks for the visit and positive feedback Madeline

@annied they were indeed Annie :)

@kwind pretty is a good description :)

@pdulis thanks Peter much appreciated :)
February 13th, 2019  
Shame about the film - isn't it even worth a try to see if there's anything salvageable?
You're having great fun with your - growing! ;-) - collection of vintage equipment, aren't you?
February 18th, 2019  
@dulciknit Alison, the vintage lens thing is quite addictive , I dare not tell you how many 50mm lens I've got now !!!!! The good thing is it's a quite a cheap way of building up a collection of quality lenses. I paid £7-50 for the Helios !
February 19th, 2019  
@pdulis @kwind @annied @granagringa @quietpurplehaze @casablanca @sangwann @ivan @happypat @gamelee @dulciknit

All. I bought a Pentax ME super at the weekend with a 50mm M smc f1.7 lens attached . My second copy of the lens ( sad i know but it is a later model so might perform slightly differently ). It was a good price and too good to miss. Anyway the said camera had an iso 400, 24 exposure film in it, which I have recovered from the camera. So do I send it off to be processed ? The cost of processing the film is nearly as much as what I paid for the camera and lens!
I've convinced myself to say yes
February 26th, 2019  
@phil_howcroft You have to don’t you Phil? 🤔
February 26th, 2019  
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