Helios 44 : Soviet copy of the Zeiss Ikon 58mm f/2 Biotar

A gem from the Soviet era

Here’s a double Gauss design from the late 1930s that was produced for several decades as the Helios 44. These lenses are plentiful on that auction site and sell for a fraction of their true worth.

Taken with a 1975 Helios 44 on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/3200 sec at 200 ISO.

Taken with a 1975 Helios 44 on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/3200 sec at 200 ISO.

1975 Helios 44 at f/2. 1/800 sec at ISO 200.

1975 Helios 44 at f/2. 1/800 sec at ISO 200.