New old lens in Bedgebury

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I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the fun of using ancient lenses on a modern camera. This week I went back to Bedgebury with the same approach, but potentially an even stranger old lens- the Helios 58mm 44-2. This is another cold war Eastern European lens, this time from Russia and it was made as a cut price copy of a Zeiss lens. It can now be had for about £20 online.

Like a Zeiss, it has lovely bokeh (blurred backgrounds):

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What is particularly distinctive with this lens, though is what happens when your blurred background is made of foliage. The swirly effect it creates was probably the result of the cheapness of the lens, but it can be quite appealing:

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I also like what it does to wider shots like these of the trees- there is a really painted quality to these images:

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In this one, I shot through the steamed up window of the cafe to make things even more surreal:

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Finally in this one, I have maybe pushed the developing slightly too much, but my colour blind eyes liked the effect:

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