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Your art is AMAZING
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Continue with what you're doing... you're shots are so uplifting. you are really, really good. i'm your fan. haha
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thanks for the fav!!! it means alot coming from a great photographer!! :D
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love your photography!!!
Tue Apr 16, 2013, 12:29 PM
Thanks you both these kind of comments really encourage me to continue :)
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Thanks for the fav. Your work is amazing. Like incredible.
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Which one of these photography subjects you prefer in my works? 

107 deviants said Waterscapes
96 deviants said Landscapes
49 deviants said Street/social photography
37 deviants said Night photography and light-painting
29 deviants said Architecture and cityscapes.
16 deviants said Still life
Hello! After a while not posting anything at all I wanted to share my views on one alternative lens I got not long ago, and also share some shots using this glass. The lens is a Soviet Helios 44M-4 58mm f/2 lens.

Introducing the lens:

From what I've read about it before I got it, it's one of the most popular lenses from the former USSR (soviets were really good at photography equipment so I decided to give it a try). The lens was made by the brand Zenit, one of the most famous from the USSR. It's a small, simple-built lens.

It's a fixed focal lens (58mm) and its maximum aperture is f/2, making it really bright.
Price: on eBay you can get them from 20€ (there are several versions, mine is the 4th version). I got it for 29€ (this one was almost brand new) + 6€ from the M42 adapter*
*You must have in count that you need a M42 adapter to fix it to modern DSLR cameras.

Personal views

35€ for a f/2 lens...what can I say! It's an amazing, much cheaper alternative to any modern 50mm f/1.8 if you don't mind focusing manually. The sharpness won't be the same as modern 50mm lenses though, that's sure, science advances!

The bokeh on this one is really soft, I like it better than the bokeh on my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D. Being so soft you must be really accurate focusing at f/2. Also, at this f/2 aperture setting, the edges aren't sharp. Nevertheless, at higher apertures edges are okay and you still get a nice unfocused background.

One important problem of these lenses which need adapters, is that it's technically impossible to focus at infinite. So this one would only serve if you have a focused foreground closer than around 2 meters.

Four fast-made pictures shot at f/2 so that you can see the foreground bokeh and the focus softness (sorry I haven't had enough time yet to shot some more with this lens):

And now two comparisons between two shots shot at f/2 and f/5.6, and two shots shot at f/2 and f/8.

Hoping you like them and hoping somebody starts getting interested about these not-so-known lenses which are so attractive and exotic to me. I love exploring sites like eBay looking for the cheapest bargain.

In case you buy it and have some doubt or just feel like sharing your thoughts/works with it, I'll be really glad to hear from you. There's usually some Helios 44M on eBay for a low price so I'd say you'll always be able to get one.


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Mario Gutiérrez Vázquez.
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First of all I want to say that I hope you enjoy my pictures as much as I enjoy making them.

Hello, I'm Mario Gutiérrez, I am 19 years old, photography passionate. I'm a contributor at Getty Images and I'm starting to sell some of my pics' copyright licenses on that page. I live in northern Spain, near a city called Santander. I've been finalist and won some contests, and I've taken part in some exhibitions in my country, however, I've been doing photography for only a year and a half. I focus on landscape and waterscape photography, also low key photos showing objects in the dark, but I do a bit of everything.

I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and these lenses:

Sigma 10-20 f/4

Nikon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6

Nikon 18-105 f/3.5-5.6

Tamron 28mm f/2.8

Nikon 55-200 f/4-5.6

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D

Nikon 75-300 f/4.5-5.6

Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro

Helios 44M-4 (58mm, f/2). One of the most popular soviet lenses.

Optomax 135mm f/2.8

I'm currently studying MBA (Management and business administration) in Santander's University, in northern Spain. I speak several languages: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese fluently, plus a bit of Serbian, so you can speak to me in any of these. I'm now trying to learn some basic Greek as well.


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Eres toda una inspiración, admiro tu trabajo muchísimo <3
Llevo todo el día mirando tus fotos de Cantabria jajaja, tengo fondos de escritorio para una temporada :)

Un gran abrazo para ti, artista ^^

You did :+fav: Accessoirs more than 6 months ago. It's a long time ago, but unforgotten. Thank you, it meant a lot!

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deadwoodcarebear Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the fav ! :)
DanielH24 Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your gallery♥♥♥ Keep it up!
kay94 Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav: :)
Avian-Yoko Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the Favorite! Llama Emoji 04 (Pretty) [V1] 
toadpoo Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the fav, You have amazing photos <3
CrystalBailey Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the +fav 
Thank you very much for the :+fav: !!
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