Davide Caniatti

Vintage cameras, legacy lenses, Foveon & more

Helios 44, bokeh lens and nothing else?

A lens with an unmistakable personality, but not very suitable to become an economical and versatile 50mm

There are some lenses that, since the analog reappeared, have acquired a real cult status. One of the most popular of them is certainly the Helios 44. This piece of Soviet scrap metal produced by KMZ for 40 years is one of those lenses that never go out of style. Its unique circular bokeh that is always recognizable contributed to the popularity that never ended, so much so that it is still produced today.