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Amazing Bokeh and Resolution from a Helios 103!
Old 06-16-2009   #1
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Amazing Bokeh and Resolution from a Helios 103!

I hope this is the right place to post this. After finishing my DIY Kiev to M mount adaptor, it really opens a whole new world of Kiev Lenses with my M8! I tried a few lenses, most of them are 50s, I would say the Helios 103 pleases me most in terms of Bokeh and resolution.

These are part of my test shots : (All shots converted with LR, slight exposure and contrast adjustments, color saturation reduced a little.)







Cropped shots to show resolution and bokeh :





I can't imagine such a great performance from a very cheap lens, I suggest you get this lens ASAP!!!
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Old 06-16-2009   #2
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This may be the best lens bargin ever....I have one for Contax mount and one for Nikon S mount.
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this looks unbelievable - one of the most smoothest bookeh I have seen so far. Would you mind let us know at which aperture you did these photos?

would you have any film examples for us?

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Old 06-16-2009   #4
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I have seen these sell for around UK 8 - on Ebay!...great bargain!
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PS....more threads like this....and the price will rise!
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This is really tempting :-)
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You'd have to drop major bucks w/ other lenses to compete. Excellent.
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I bought a Kiiev just to use this lens. Outstanding.







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Old 06-16-2009   #9
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Please post more info about the adapter. please! :-D
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Please post more info about the adapter. please! :-D
The adapter is home made by Dingo himself, you can see a thread about it HERE and the first test of his M6 HERE.

I saw his adapter personnaly, it is very impressive!!!!
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I really like the Helios 103 on my Kiev cameras. Hey, Dingo, how much would you charge me to make an M-mount adaptor? Please, oh please?

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The Helios is a good excuse to use the Contax or Kiev camera.
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Dingo, with your adapter, does the lens focus correctly at infinity as well?

Would you be willing to share your production process with us, or are you planning to sell these?
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Quite a lot of questions to answer :

1. All shots were taken in f1.8, that's why I was so amazed by the resolution.

2. The adaptor gives accurate RF function (the adaptor takes a lot of adjustment to finish with the help of M8).

3. So far I don't have plan to mass prodcue it, but will consider since my summer holiday will be coming soon, he he!

I think this adaptor is a must buy item to M8 users, you can try get one in other sources (Ebxy, etc). I will try some portrait work later this week to see how good it works.
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Quite a lot of questions to answer :

1. All shots were taken in f1.8, that's why I was so amazed by the resolution.
AFAIK the tonality & sharpness rivals the most expensive 50s. This is the mouse that could, David over ... [who was David over? forgot]. Most definitely a jewel.
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Old 06-16-2009   #16
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I have such a lens in Contax mount.
Great bokeh shots shown here. Thanks.
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Dingo if you decide to make one I'll be on the waiting list as well
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Dingo, I'm glad to hear that you're considering making some of these for those of us who are interested. I was serious about wanting one so please do let me know if you decide to make more.

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Yet another reason to buy the new amadeo contax adapter...now listed on eBay with his custom helical...
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Yet another reason to buy the new amadeo contax adapter...now listed on eBay with his custom helical...
Amedeo has taken his adapters to a whole new level recently! The new locking system for internal mounts is brilliant. Wonder if he can add a lever or something that would also allow you to select different framelines ...

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Amedeo has taken his adapters to a whole new level recently! The new locking system for internal mounts is brilliant. Wonder if he can add a lever or something that would also allow you to select different framelines ...
His adapters surely look brilliant, he creates them himself from scratch, no existing mount refurbishing there, and it shows. All self-machined solid brass, chrome coated. Pure adapter porn.

But, aren't they threading onto an LTM-to-M adapter so you can choose framelines by choosing an adapter?
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But, aren't they threading onto an LTM-to-M adapter so you can choose framelines by choosing an adapter?
I think the new adapters are M-mount only. Not sure if he has an LTM version yet. See here (link).
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Amedeo has taken his adapters to a whole new level recently! The new locking system for internal mounts is brilliant. Wonder if he can add a lever or something that would also allow you to select different framelines ...
yes that would be wonderfull. Or make 3 versions of the adapter! he reads this not of course
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yes that would be wonderfull. Or make 3 versions of the adapter! he reads this not of course
You are responding to this 10 years later?
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You are responding to this 10 years later?
Like bottle post
Subscriptions to threads tend to remain in place.
And the adapters are still made.
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It is a fantastic lens. I use it on my Kievs and the Bessa R2C. Until I got my Leicas, this was my everyday lens.
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Hi Dingo, so cool you did this DIY adapter!

I realize I am in the minority, but I find the bokeh distracting and unlasing, go figure!!!

Regardless, I love these types of experiments. Thanks!
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Not to take anything away from Dingo of course. It's very impressive that he made his own adapter!!!
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Not to take anything away from Dingo of course. It's very impressive that he made his own adapter!!!
Thanks! BTW this adaptor is the most successful DIY project finished so far.

OK, one more shot posting to show the bokeh from the lens :



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I shimmed my Menopta 53/1.8 for the Nikon S-Mount, moved the optics module out 0.5mm in the mount. The Menopta is the export version of the Helios-103.


Wide-open on the Nikon S3:





Also- I used a Sharpie permanent marker to blacken the aperture blades. Really cut down on flare when using the lens stopped down.
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Brian,

Nice works and lovely bokeh! I think you would agree this lens knocks out a whole lot of fifties regardless of prices, and should price be a factor Helios 103 is the no.1.
BTW, among all 50/f2 Kiev lenses, my J-8 from 1955 is my 2nd best choice, what do you think?

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Dingo- 1955 J-8 is a really great lens.

But I went with a 1955 J-3 for my Contax II...

Wide-open at f1.5, focus on the stalk running across the front.

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Dingo- 1955 J-8 is a really great lens.

But I went with a 1955 J-3 for my Contax II...

Wide-open at f1.5, focus on the stalk running across the front.
Brian there is a lot of stalk there, the diagonal one I guess, lovely pic all the same!!
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Brian there is a lot of stalk there, the diagonal one I guess, lovely pic all the same!!
That diagonal one- I had just shimmed this lens for the Contax II and wanted to check it out.

I've had the best luck with the 1950s J-3's. This 1955 J-3 had some internal fungus that cleaned up quite well. The hard coating came out undamaged after cleaning with ammonia. It was the left-over part from a CZJ LTM conversion that I did for a forum member. This J-3 optics module now sits in a German Sonnar lens mount.

The Helios-103 Bokeh reminds me of the Summitar. Some astigmatism produces football "swirlies" when used wide-open and close-up. It settles down quickly at medium focus, and stopped down a bit. It's not boring.
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I also am not seeing such good bokeh.

The first photo, for example, has that vibrational bokeh that is so very undesirable.

The examples aren't a very good demo of bokeh in anycase. At least it's not as bad as flower-bokeh which makes even the worst lens look good.
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Yes, in some instances there is "vibrational" bokeh, but otherwise fairly smooth & consistent. Not bad compared to some other lenses out there, which have consistently horrible bokeh. Of course, if you drop $2000 for a Summicron or $4000 for a Summilux then it gets better. But that's not what we're talking about here.
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wow wonderful colors and sharpness with great bokeh, I could not believe in my eyes. People buy macro lenses worth 1000 bucks to get this resolution...

Which year of production your lens Dingo??
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wow wonderful colors and sharpness with great bokeh, I could not believe in my eyes. People buy macro lenses worth 1000 bucks to get this resolution...

Which year of production your lens Dingo??
It is a 82 Helios 103, unbelievable quality for such a low price. Brian, btw, you are so lucky to get a 55 J-3!!!

It seems Bokeh is always a hot topic to discuss here. To me there is no good or bad bokeh at all, it is so subjective, some people say Cron 7 element is King of Bokeh, what do you think? As I said on the first post, the Bokeh of this lens amazed me, that's it and I wanted to share with you guys.

I'll try more Russian stuff on M8 and let you know if I find anything interesting.
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Geez - now you got me looking at Kievs on eBay, after I swore off buying more cameras. Curses! Great pics.
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