Monday, February 10, 2014

More Helio-103 53mm f1.8 Sample Pictures

When I first did the adapter for the Helios-103, I had to use it on the generic 17-32mm helicoid, because it wouldn't focus to infinity on the Yeenon 18-33mm. I redid the adapter yesterday using the correct thickness of filter rings and was able to make it focus to infinity on the Yeenon. I shot some samples with it and had a much better shooting experience than the last time with the cheap helicoid that had a lot of play. The problem with softness on one side of the picture has improved on re-make.

Overall, this lens is very sharp stopped down from about f4. At wider apertures, from 1.8 to f2.8, it's a tad soft with loss of contrast. There is almost no vignetting on the NEX-6. Still, I am not a big fan of the bokeh from this lens. I think it's not very pleasing, to me. Your mileage may vary, of course.

All pictures below were taken with NEX-6 and Helios-103 53mm f1.8 Lens.

Bokeh @ f1.8


  1. love those sandy beach shots

    great colour!! Love the BG OOF in the last shot - splendid

  2. like the snowy beach images very much!

    About bookeh: Have a look at this image taken with A7r+Sonnar55F18 :

    It is a ZEISS Sonnar with pretty different bookeh.

    1. I like the Zeiss Sonnar bokeh much better. It's too bad the price is rather high for a 55mm lens with a f1.8 aperture.

    2. yes, you are right. The price for this standard lens is excessive. Anyway: this lens is sharp from centre to edges, even AF works pretty fast. The only thing that disappoints a bit is that a new FE50F1.2 is announced for 2015 - I wonder what the price will be then. $5.000.-? ;-)