First Time with the Helios 44-2

The further I progress with my photography journey, the more I am beginning to fall in love with imperfect images... Grain, sun flares and out of focus images used to terrify me. Now, I simply love the texture that grain adds to images. I seek out sun flares, and I don't really mind if an image is out of focus, so long as it tells a story...

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I'm beginning to get a little collection of vintage cameras and lenses now. I adore shooting film, there's something so exciting about having to wait to see your images, and excitedly pouring over them, deciding which will be the keepers. The latest lens on my line up is another vintage lens, the Helios 44-2, sought by many photographers because of the quirky effects it can add to images (such as swirly bokeh and interesting flare effects).

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Today it arrived and so I HAD to get out and test it right away. It's going to take a little getting used to, but I didn't mind the manual focus at all, and love the way it makes me slow down and focus on what I'm doing. I'm so impressed by how sharp this lens is, although I definitely won't be shooting with it wide open because the images were just too hazy. I can't wait to see what I can do with this lens once I get a few sessions under my belt! 

Here are a few of my fave images from today. Click on an image to see it full size and scroll through the gallery.