February 4, 2021
Another after-school shoot with Henry, who seemed more enthusiastic today about the camera than usual. Today, I put the Helios 44m-4 2/58 on the SL. It’s turning into a week for the Russians. The weather was not as nice today as it was yesterday—a bit overcast and cold—but we captured quite a few, and I even got one 5-star image, which is a rarity.
Even under overcast skies, the colors are pretty good on the Helios. We’re getting a bit of the bokeh swirl early versions of this lens are known for. The contrast is higher than the Jupiter-8, reminding me more of a contemporary DSLR lens. I’m not quite sure I nailed the focus here, but you can see individual strands of hair, so you know the lens is plenty sharp.
When I converted to black and white, the lens produced a different kind of magic.
So which one of the above is the 5-star image? Autumn thinks it’s the black and white portrait on the left. Do you agree? I know which one I would print and frame.
|Leica Camera and Lens Information|
|📷: Leica M (Typ 262) (01/2017–12/2020) • Leica SL (Typ 601) (12/2020–). Leica Lenses: Leica Summicron-M 2/50 (Typ IV) • Leica Summicron-M 2/35mm ASPH (Typ V). Other Lenses: Asahi Super-Takumar 1.4/50 8-Element • Asahi Super-Takumar 1.8/55 • Asahi Super-Takumar 2.5/135 • Helios 44m-4 2/58 • Industar 61 2.8/55 • Jupiter-8 2/50 • Konica Hexinon AR 1.8/40 • Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 2.8/100 • Olympus Zuiko 2.8/28 • Vivitar 2.8/28 • Voigtländer Nokton Classic 1.4/40 MC • Voigtländer Ultron 1.8/21. Processed with Capture One Pro.|