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LENS PORN: Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)
Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)



Helios 135mm f/2.8 only comes in M42 mount. There's probably only one copy that comes in a Nikon mount...

When I bought this lens, it used to be in M42 mount. I have removed the original mount and replaced it with a Nikon mount, plus other mechanical tweaks. Focusing to infinity on a Nikon DSLR is achieved and the distance scale is tested to be accurate.

This lens is made in Japan and has nothing to do with the Soviet Helios (eg. Helios 44-2 58mm f/2), which is popular for the swirly bokeh it produces. Upon stumbling on some lenses, the font of this lens is identical to that used by 'Toyo Optics'. Although there are no reports online that confirm the connection between the two.


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SPECS

Focal Range: 135mm
(DX = 210mm)

Focus Throw: 270°

Minimum Focusing Distance: 5 feet

Filter Thread: 52mm

With built-in hood.

Made in Japan

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)
Here's the original M42 mount.

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)
After replacing the mount with a Nikon mount and correcting for flange distance.

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

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Summary


For

On DX, it acts as a 210mm portrait lens.

135mm prime lenses (or 210mm on DX) are my favorite for street photography. It allows me ninja distance from my subject and still allow some room so the images aren't too tight.

The glass is multicoated and renders images with stunning clarity.

Indoor or outdoor, the contrast and sharpness performs well even at f/2.8

Against backlight, contrast is well preserved.

Beautiful colors. It has a tendency to shift toward greenish like my modern Nikkor 18-55mm (most old lenses have a bluish shift).

Nice build. My copy came in almost mint condition.

Built-in hood to reduce stray light.

Takes in the very common 52mm filters. If you own a kit lens and bought filters for it, you can surely use it on this one.

It produces beautiful blurry backgrounds or bokeh.

Manual focus with this lens is a pleasure. Although it has a long focus throw of 270°, the focus ring is ultra smooth without resistance and it can easily be turned just using my pinkie finger. That way, I was able to capture fast action scenes like people crossing the street.



Neutral

It has an aperture ring that goes half-stop clicks between the numbers. I prefer full stops like f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 and f/16, nothing in between.

A Minimum Focusing Distance of 4 or 5 feet is normal for 135mm prime lenses. If you have a tendency to shoot macro, a 52mm screw in macro filter comes in handy.



Against

The only downside I can think of for this lens was that it only comes in M42 mount. It can easily be adapted to Pentax, Sony, Canon, mirrorless and micro 4/2 cameras. But for Nikon users like me, I had to change the whole mount and make some more tweaks just so I could allow this lens to focus to infinity. The reason I had to do this was because I didn't want to use an adapter with optical glass (adding glass degrades image quality). At least on the positive side, it's a challenge to our problem solving skill and servicing this lens wasn't difficult.



Conclusion

I'm very glad to be able to convert this lens to a Nikon mount. This lens is a pleasure to use. The mechanism are smooth to operate and the optics is excellent. Its f/2.8 maximum aperture allows pushing your shoot to low light scenes and still get clear images.

This 135mm lens acts as a 210mm lens on DX (Nikon jargon for APS-C camera). It's not just a nice portrait lens, but also my favorite focal range for street photography because it allows some ninja distance from my subject and yet still not too tight.


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Further Reading


My unedited full resolution photo album:

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Samples


Nikon D5200 Settings:
Size - Basic/Small
White Balance - Custom; the portrait shots were in Auto
Picture Profile - SD (Standard), MC-O (Monochrome - Orange Filter)
HDR/ADL/Flash/Noise Reduction - Off

All photos are unedited.

In order to accommodate using f/2.8 on a bright sunny day, a circular polarizing filter was used for the scene where I was shooting people crossing the street.



The first 3 images shot with +4 Macro Filter

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)



Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)

Helios 135mm f/2.8 (M42 Converted to Nikon Infinity)



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