Selfie with Canon 60D / Helios 44-2 58mm f2 by phil_howcroft

Selfie with Canon 60D / Helios 44-2 58mm f2

I've got an EOS-M42 adapter which means I can attach my M42 thread vintage lenses to my Canon 60D (as opposed to my Sony A6000),

This is my first portrait post with the 60D and a vintage lens. I attached the wonderful Helios 44-2 58mm f2 lens from the KMZ factory in Russia.

The 60D is harder to manually focus than the A6000 as there is no focus peaking. When I asked my wife to take a picture she kept missing the focus ("I'm not a photographer you know"), so I told her to stand by the back door and I focussed the camera on her. I marked my position using a garden table chair ! So we then swapped positions and all she had to do was stand up against the chair.

I think we just about got it right.

The Helios 44-2 is a copy of a Zeiss Biotar and is renowned for creating good portraits with soft skin tones. I think it did a good job on me , albeit I cloned out a bit of dry skin on my nose ("Are you using that moisturiser " questioned Jane)

Anyway, here is my portrait. I have had two lockdown haircuts from the wife so far and my hair is OK !

I wish I was photographing one of my street strangers with my lens, but that is not really practical in the current environment.

I know that face! Great job your lens did and your wife can cut my mess off any day!
May 23rd, 2020  
Nice commentary - great selfie and he haircut is all good too!!
May 23rd, 2020  
Love the story! Made me smile 😀 Lovely shot
May 23rd, 2020  
@casablanca glad you like the pic and story Casa
May 23rd, 2020  
@brigette thanks Brigette a bit a gel / product on my hair tidies things up :)

@marlboromaam thanks maggie , lol at the haircut:)
May 23rd, 2020  
You both managed well Phil (and on the haircut front too)
May 23rd, 2020  
Funky, modern hairdo. I think she did very well.
May 23rd, 2020  
May 23rd, 2020  
You are always very photogenic Phil because you have a lovely warm smile. B&w brings out your best features and your wife did a good job with the scissors. From now on you will never go to a hairdresser again. That's what happened to me since I got married.
May 24th, 2020  
Jane did really well here Phil.....she got you bang on & shows your warm friendly face beautifully! Great lens!
May 24th, 2020  
@happypat thanks Pat, I love my old lenses, I was shooting with my late Father's Leica from 1953 this afternoon !

@sangwann Dione, glad you like my haircut my friend

@pdulis thank you Peter

@tinley23 Funky hairdo :) I like your description !!!

@fbailey thank you felicity :)
May 25th, 2020  
Great selfie!
May 26th, 2020  
your hair looks great - I'd keep her on.....make sure you pay her well :)
May 29th, 2020  
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