Helios-44-2 2/58 Lens Overview (HELIOS-44-2 2/58)

Please note that there are many different versions of the lens named HELIOS-44-2 (or HELIOS-44-2). The lenses were produced in different bodies, at different factories and had many options even among the same version. You can find a general list of them in the section 'A Thousand and One Nights with HELIOS-44'.

As for this review, it shows a lens named HELIOS-44-2 2/58 and serial number 83052779 produced by the Jupiter Optical and Mechanical Plant, Valdai. Judging by the number, the lens was released in 1983. Different versions of HELIOS-44-2 lenses do not differ in principle. In general, HELIOS-44-2 is a common modification / revision of the previous version - HELIOS-44 2 / 58 (names are similar: 44 and 44-2, do not be confused).

Гелиос-44-2 (HELIOS-44-2 2/58)

Гелиос-44-2 (HELIOS-44-2 2/58)

HELIOS-44-2 2/58 looks like this:

HELIOS-44-2 2/58 has a ring presets aperture. With it, you can select one of the fixed values: F / 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16. Unlike the preset ring, the aperture ring rotates smoothly and with it you can set any intermediate value. The smooth running of the aperture ring is useful when shooting video. The diaphragm consists of 8 petals that form a hole in the form of regular polyhedrons. Unfortunately, the diaphragm blades are poorly blackened.

The focus ring rotates 270 degrees (!), The progress of the ring is smooth. Manual focus is quite convenient. During focusing, the front lens does not rotate, only the frame rim lengthens. HELIOS-44-2 2/58 has a focus distance scale (only in meters) and a depth of field scale for F / 2, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16.

The lens uses simple chemical enlightenment and poorly tolerates side and back light. Also, HELIOS-44-2 2/58 does not have blackened chamfers of lenses, which can adversely affect the contrast of the final image.

Image quality and sample photos

In the center of the image, the lens is sharp enough even at F / 2.0. On covered diaphragms, the edges and corners of the image return to normal. HELIOS-44-2 2/58 is a little yellow. Like other lenses of the HELIOS-44 family, version 44-2 twists the background (legendary 'twisted bokeh' of helios). Such a lens can be a great find for the amateur photographer :).

Source files can download from this link (26 photos in the '.ARW' format, 623 Mb). On camera Sony a7 I used HELIOS-44-2 2/58 with no problem adapter M42-NEX.


Examples of photos on Helios-44-2 2/58 and cameras Nikon D5100, D5300 photographer shared with readers of Radozhiva Vladlena Lapshina:


Examples of photos on Helios-44-2 2/58 and a camera Canon EOS 60D photographer shared with readers of Radozhiva Andreeva Elena:


Examples of photos on Helios-44-2 2/58 and cameras Canon EOS 60D / Canon EOS 5D Makr II a photographer shared with readers of Radozhiva Dmitry Gusalov:


Examples of photos on Helios-44-2 2/58 and cameras Nikon D5100 / Nikon D750 photographer shared with readers of Radozhiva Lilia Nemykina:


Examples of photos on Helios-44-2 2/58 and a Sony Alpha 7s II camera with readers of Radozhiva shared photographer Ksenia Orlova:

I have been using about 10 lenses HELIOS-44-2 2/58 different manufacturers, the specimens did not differ in any way from each other. For some reason it so happened that this review, which you are reading now, is the most popular of all reviews of the old Soviet optics. This is most likely due to the mass and availability of this lens at flea markets. If you come across a normal Helios-44-2, then it will not be any worse than other lenses in the HELIOS-44 line, which use simple (not 'MC') enlightenment.

Supplement: video review of such a lens - Helios-44 2/58 (KMZ, 8 petals, metal case)can see on my channel here. Catalog of modern (yes, yes!) brand lenses'Helios'can look at this link.

Helios-44-2 2/58 (HELIOS-44-2 2/58) on the Sony a7 camera

Helios-44-2 2/58 (HELIOS-44-2 2/58). Lens shown on camera Sony a7. Attaching the lens to the camera using adapter M42-SONY E NEX.

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found aliexpress.com... There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, Nikon F) it is necessary to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows correct focusing at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless camera, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. CANON: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For cameras Pentax with mount K you need an adapter M42-Pentax K, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY / MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with an 'E' series mount Sony NEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK /  XIAOMI: For cameras with a Micro 4/3 bayonet mount (Micro 4: 3), you need the M42-Micro 4/3 adapter, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon EF-M need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon r need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. NIKON 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. NIKON Z: For series cameras Nikon Z need adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount need adapter M42-Samsung NX, you can find it at this link. For the camera Nx mini adapters do not exist yet.
  10. PENTAX: For cameras with Q mount need an adapter M42-Pentax Q, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount, you need the M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a Leica M mount need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

A lot of lenses (including exclusive models) with M42 mounting thread (M42 X 1 / 45.5) can be found at ebay.

Reviews for the Helios-44 2/58 lenses:

  1. Helios-44 2/58 [KMZ, 13 petals, M39, silver, No. 0220423]
  2. Helios-44 2/58 [KMZ, 8 petals, M39, silver]
  3. Helios-44 1: 2 F = 5,8 cm П [KMZ with replaced lenses, No. 0007220, review of the lens from the reader Radozhiva]
  4. HELIOS-44M 2/58 [KMZ, 8 petals, serial number 7843528]
  5. HELIOS-44M 2/58 [Jupiter plant, Valdai, 8 petals, serial number 8027170]
  6. HELIOS-44-2 2/58 [plant 'Jupiter', Valdai, 8 petals, serial number 83052779] + autofocus review
  7. MS Helios 44-3 2/58 [MMZ, 8 petals, 8619437, 9167912]
  8. MC Helios-44M-4 2/58
  9. Helios-44K-4 58mm 1:2 [KMZ, 6 petals, Pentax K]
  10. MC Helios-44M-4 58mm 1: 2 [plant 'Jupiter', Valdai, 6 petals] + autofocus review
  11. MC Helios-44M-5 58mm 1: 2 [Jupiter plant, Valdai, 6 petals]
  12. MC Helios-44M-6 58mm 1: 2 [plant 'Jupiter', Valdai, 6 petals]
  13. MC Helios-44M-7 58mm 1: 2 [plant 'Jupiter', Valdai, 6 petals]
  14. An article about most of the major modifications of the Helios-44 series
  15. Gallery of pictures on MC Helios-44M-4
  16. Look at modern the lenses 'Helios' can at this link
  17. A lot of Helios of all varieties can be found on ebay this link

Original 'Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 2/58 ':

  1. Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 1: 2 f = 5,8cm T [17 diaphragm blades, M42]
  2. Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 2 / 58 T [12 diaphragm blades, M42]
  3. A lot of Biotars of all varieties can be found on ebay this link

Look at modern the lenses 'Zenitar' и 'Helios' can at this link.


HELIOS-44-2 2/58 (aka Helios-44-2 2/58) - one of the most common lenses of the Helios-44 series. Mass production of such lenses did not benefit from image quality. The lens can and should be used for any creative ideas. On cropped cameras, it can serve good portrait lens.

This lens can be bought on the website without any problems. http://helios44-2.ru/.

Share your review on social media. If you have any questions about the lens or about compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all). Thanks for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 816, on the topic: Helios-44-2 2/58 lens overview (HELIOS-44-2 2/58)


    Tell me what adapter is needed from Helios to Nikon d300s?


    Thank you) Found it. And then immediately climbed into the comments.

    • Trueash

      Just in case, let me remind you that with a simple adapter, focusing will turn out to be a maximum of up to 2 meters. If you need infinity, then you need either an adapter with a lens or redo the lens tail (the conversion is not too difficult)

      • Victoria

        Tell me what adapter with a lens? A link is desirable. On the cropped Canon 550d there is no infinity on any of the three Heliks 44-2 (((

        • Michael

          For Canon, no lens is needed. Perhaps such an adapter was caught

        • Trueash

          Very strange. Perhaps a crooked adapter got caught - it happens. Try with a different adapter and / or on a different camera

          • Victoria

            Yes, it was in the adapter. A narrow macroring was screwed onto it (apparently from the previous owner). That was the problem. Thanks everyone!

            • Andrei

              Did you notice the macro ring? How?

  • Sergei

    The author could not find your contacts. To contact you. In general, the story is long, but it may be interesting for you to find out, there were a couple of Soviet-made lenses on hand that never shone anywhere. Probably the batch was only 10-20 pieces. If it would be interesting to chat, write to the mail ks@cravchi.com
    Perhaps you know something about this lens.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      All my contacts are here on the site, in the corresponding section https://radojuva.com/about-radojuva/

    • Andrei

      Reading such messages can easily break your eyes.

  • Ketmen

    The quality of helios is quite decent today. For its money, it works out for all 300%

  • Elizabeth

    Please tell me who has encountered a similar problem or knows how to solve this problem
    I got an adapter for Nikon d90 for Helios s-44M lens
    The adapter came up for both the camera and the lens, BUT the camera does not seem to recognize it, the shutter curtain does not work when the shutter button is pressed, the camera does not react at all, I have already tried everything, I don’t understand why :(

    • Tim

      What kind of adapter do you have and in what modes do you shoot?

    • Andrei

      Change the mode to M.

    • B. R. P.

      You have not tried everything) If the adapter is without a chip, the camera does not recognize anything, you will have to shoot in M ​​mode and set all exposure parameters (shutter speed, ISO, aperture) manually.

      • Gregor_S

        The next step - you will have to decide if the saved set is worth your nerves)

      • Gregor_S

        Still, it seems to me if you really need this Helios, Canon or bzk preferable Nikon d90

    • Trueash

      In the menu, find the item "Allow shooting without a lens" and, in fact, allow :)

  • Hamlet

    Hello. I have two Helios-44 2, one Valdai and another Minsk. I can not check yet, there is no adapter. The question is: which factory made better optics, in your experience / opinion, which of them should be optically better? I just read that the Lytkarinsky plant has more defects, Krasnogorsky is praised, and Kazansky is also praised. What about the others?

    • Andrei

      Install the adapter, screw on both lenses and see the quality. Or do you think that all such psychics are here and can see the state of your lenses?

      • Hamlet

        What does the state have to do with it ?, but if it is important, then it is ideal. I actually asked about the quality of different factories ...

        • Andrei

          If the quality of factories is important, then look through the reviews on the site, read the comments and make YOUR opinion. Or are you too lazy and want to be done for you?

          • Hamlet

            And that there is a special section on the site about manufacturing plants, so that you can read the comments, or should I search in all sections of the site where one comment about one plant will accidentally slip through? And if you do not know, then the forum exists to ask questions and competent / knowledgeable / experienced people answered them. But you obviously do not belong to them, so you can no longer answer me, I will ignore it.

          • Andrei

            Andrey, all three of your comments in this article are not about anything. The man asks the question. Either bite your tongue or respond to it.

    • Victor aka @victor_vvo

      I have in my hands a Valdai 44-2 and a Minsk 44 zebra. compared. for me, the zebra draws more interesting.
      maybe 44-2 will be too.

  • Paul

    Good day. Please, tell me how to make friends HELIOS-44-2 with Nikon Z WITHOUT additional lenses in the adapter-adapter? I saw several detailed articles on lens alterations for Nikon F, and did not find any for Nikon Z. I think the instructions for Nikon F are not applicable for Nikon Z due to the different focal lengths of the cameras. I see two types of M42 / NZ adapters on sale: “wide” (one of them is referenced in this article) and “narrow” (thin ring of transition from thread to bayonet); and nowhere, either from the description or from the comments, it is impossible to understand: is the lens installed in the adapter ("wide"), how the focusing works on different adapters, with which adapter for focusing to infinity is required modification / alteration of the lens, and with which not ...

    • Jury

      The flange of the M42 is definitely longer than that of the Nikon Z, therefore, an adapter is needed to simply compensate for the difference in flange focal lengths. The adapter to which Arkady gave the link clearly looks like the truth. He doesn't need a lens. But everything that differs in size from this adapter, the more "thin ring" - this will be thrown away money.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nikon Z series cameras need M42-Nikon Z adapter, you can find it at this link... The external design is not important, the length of the adapter is important.
      In the review, I gave a link to the adapter for a reason.

      • Paul

        Unfortunately, the link does not answer any of the questions posed. On aliexpress there are many adapters of different types, with and without lenses, and more expensive, and with prices 2-3 times lower, and they all have the same name: M42 - Nikon Z. Whether the lens needs to be altered additionally is also unclear.

        • Trueash

          The size of the adapter makes it clear that its task is to compensate for the difference in focal lengths and, in fact, to fix the lens on the camera. Focusing will happen the same way - with your hands.
          I did not see the "narrow" adapters on the link, but I suspect that they are for the F mount - either a compensating lens or an alteration of the lens tail is really needed there (which is quite simple in the case of "Helios").

        • Arkady Shapoval

          no, M42-Nikon Z with lenses no. The lenses are the M42-Nikon F. Just be careful.
          You don't need to redo anything.

          • Paul

            Understood. Thank you all for the consultation.

  • Lisa

    Good afternoon, there are helios 2/58 and industar 3.5 / 50
    now I use one adapter for them without a chip
    I want to buy now with a chip, how well will a non-programmable adapter with a chip support focusing?
    because there is also standard 1.4 / 50

    • Michael

      How do you get 50/50. Standard 50 / 1,4 does not affect this

    • Alexey

      what kind of camera?

      • Lisa

        canon 550

  • Denis Danilov

    A question for connoisseurs. What does the letter B mean in the name of Helios 44-2 B? And how to determine the year if the number starts with 055 ...

    • Andrei

      50s of release.

  • Denis Danilov

    Here is the subject.

    • B. R. P.

      I have never seen anything like this. A typo, probably)

  • Konstantin

    Good evening.
    I bought an adapter from the link specified in the article for Olympus OM-D E-M10 III.
    Lens HELIOS-44-2. I put on a black screen. In all modes, I tried no sense.

    At the same time, when I unscrew the lens with the adapter, the camera screen starts working, I screw it back in black again!

    Tell me who faced such a problem. Is there a defect in the adapter or what kind of setting should be done in the camera?

    Thank you.

    • Andrei

      It was necessary to take the white helios.

    • B. R. P.

      Setting “shooting without lens” or the like. There have been no such questions for a long time.

      • Konstantin

        "I went through" the instructions, I didn't find anything like that

        • Andrei

          Take a look at the Shutter menu.

          • Michael

            There is no such thing

    • Michael

      Maybe there is a chip on the adapter causing such an effect? You can try to glue it

      • Konstantin

        Adapter without chip

        • Michael

          Does it work without a bare mount adapter? I had no problem at all

          • Konstantin


            • Michael

              Um. Maybe the aperture of the lens is closed?)))

              • Konstantin

                Yes, everything is open)))
                The problem is still relevant today. If anyone had any experience with the solution, please help.
                Thank you.

        • Andrii

          Have you tried switching to aperture priority mode? Or change the shutter speed in M ​​mode.

          • Konstantin

            Yes, I tried all the modes, it does not work

            • nothing

              Does this adapter close the contacts in the camera? Try attaching an adapter without a lens, look inside.

    • Michael

      If there is a chip at all)

    • Daria

      Konstantin, have you solved the problem? I just have an Olympus too, I wanted to buy a helios lens and an adapter from the link. I read your comments, now I'm afraid to face the same problem

  • Oleg

    It may be that the adapter does not fully snap into place on the bayonet or clamps (or does not squeeze) something. If there is a “contact” with a lens without an adapter, just putting your hands on the mount, it is obvious that the problem is with the adapter or incorrect connection. You can test the adapter with a different lens or test it on another similar camera, if you have someone to ask to check.

  • Eugene

    Good afternoon!

    Tell me, please, I have a Helios and an adapter with M42 thread, a Sony A290 camera.
    Interested in the opportunity to shoot macro on Helios, how to choose an macro ring?
    Maybe someone will throw a link to suitable rings for the Sony A290?

  • Savely

    Hello, does anyone know how automatic exposure metering works on Sony Nex cameras with an M42 adapter? I have not seen adapters with chips, therefore, can the exposure metering work like that? I am looking to buy Nex-3 (F3, C3) or Nex-5 for manual optics.

    • B. R. P.

      Exposure metering works on all bzk.

      • Victor

        Not at all. Some are programmatically cut.

        • B. R. P.

          Interesting. Which ones are cut down on?

          • Victor

            Nikon 1, for example.

            • B. R. P.

              Yes, really) What is there in the Pentax Q?

              • Victor

                I do not know.

                However, the question “I'm looking into buying a Nex-3 (F3, C3) or Nex-5 for working with manual optics” can only be answered in the affirmative - it works exactly on nex'ax.

  • Vladimir

    I bought some kind of noname adapter with a lens for Nikon, the lens (just the same as in the review) rests against it (when focusing from 8 m and beyond), so again there is no infinity. Tell me which adapter to buy so as not to be mistaken?

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