I recently purchased a complete Zenit EM 35mm film camera outfit on eBay for the princely sum of £10.50.

The camera is the 1980 Moscow Olympics Special Edition, complete with a Helios 44M 58mm f2.0 lens, a Pentacon 30mm f3.5 lens, an Optomax 200mm f4.5 lens, 2x and 3x tele-converters and a National PE-2006 Flash, all in an aluminium fitted case complete with a cable release and a set of colour correction filters for black and white film. This would have been someone’s pride and joy back in the 80s and seems like robbery to get it all for just over a tenner.

I’ve been using the Helios 44M 58mm f2.0 lens with a M42 Canon EOS mount adapter, it is typically Russian in construction, all metal and rather heavy plus 1/2 aperture click stops and a lovely swirly circular smooth bokeh with large apertures. The focusing ring takes 3/4 of a turn from near distance to infinity for super accurate manual focusing and there is also a proper depth of field scale for hyperfocal focusing.

Although modern lenses with multi-coatings do provide ultimate quality on full frame digital cameras there is an awful lot of fun to be had with old lenses, photography should be enjoyable after all!

Helios 44M 58mm f2.0 lens

Helios 44M 58mm f2.0 lens, iPhone 4S

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0

Canon 5D Mark II, Helios 44M 58mm f2.0