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February 27, 2017: Comparison of Helios 44-2 58/2 Swirly Bokeh on Nikon D5200 (With vs W/O Adapter)

Comparison of Helios 44-2 58/2 Swirly Bokeh on Nikon D5200
Freelensing the Helios 44-2 58/2 on Nikon D5200




February 27, 2017

It's a fairly sunny and good day to do a swirly bokeh comparison today. The Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 is legendary for its ability to create the sought after swirly bokeh. It's best to use the lens on full frame cameras to enjoy the artistic effect. If you're just starting to venture on this, it's best to look for the 2nd and third generations (44-2, 44-3).

Comparison of Helios 44-2 58/2 Swirly Bokeh on Nikon D5200



If one is using a crop sensor like my Nikon D5200 (1.5x crop factor), the edges would be cropped. Plus, using an M42-Nikon adapter would further extend the focal length of the lens from the sensor, increasing the crop factor. With an adapter, the effect is less pronounced.

Comparison of Helios 44-2 58/2 Swirly Bokeh on Nikon D5200
This is with an M42-Nikon adapter

Comparison of Helios 44-2 58/2 Swirly Bokeh on Nikon D5200
With M42-Nikon adapter




By freelensing, the effect is dramatically more visible. Freelensing is a technique where you will just hold the lens in front of the camera body's mouth.

Comparison of Helios 44-2 58/2 Swirly Bokeh on Nikon D5200
Freelensing

Comparison of Helios 44-2 58/2 Swirly Bokeh on Nikon D5200
Freelensing



My next experiment would be to use a 0.45x wide angle converter on this lens to see if it would help to make the swirly bokeh become more prominent even on DX cameras and with an adapter. I'm still waiting for it to arrive by mid-April. In the meantime, I will leave you with a link to the photo album and my video demo.


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