Borneo ’16 – …Arcadium.


With the favourite album on repeat, favourite lens on the 5D, leaving London behind me.

On a side note – am curious to know what stadium this actually is..

GLASS – 13. HELIOS 58MM F2.0 | SAMPLE 3.

13. Helios 58mm F2.0 IMG_1112

Sometimes a plain, central composition works too, just make sure you can balance the peripheral objects, here the flower in the top left bugged me so I had to use a brutal vignette to suppress it a little.

Oh yeah, the lens. It’s nice for what I call macro but what isn’t actually macro. It focuses very near so you can get close-ups of flowers which is a bit of a hobby for me.

GLASS – 13. HELIOS 58MM F2.0 | SAMPLE 2.

13. Helios 58mm F2.0 IMG_0956

To avoid always having to stick to a central composition just take the photo with the subject dead-center, and crop it to adhere to either the rule of 3rds or just balance it with something in the background. Here I was going for a Fibonacci spiral composition.

GLASS – 13. HELIOS 58MM F2.0 | SAMPLE 1.

13. Helios 58mm F2.0 IMG_0952

Here’s that convex focus plane I was talking about. That’s what makes the edges look spherical. Works well for symmetrical compositions, not necessarily fully central but you can see that the flower is losing sharpness towards the top. This is one of the limitations of the lens unfortunately.

GLASS – 13. HELIOS 58MM F2.0 | TEST.

13. Helios 58mm F2.0 IMG_0846

Purple Haze…
This is not a steamy bathroom, I wiped the lens with some alcohol swabs to clean it – it’s just old and grimy.

This photo doesn’t really show the potential but it’s just a reference, so I can compare the lenses.


13. Helios 58mm F2.0 IMG_0878

This is the last lens I’ll be showing on this exact bedside table as I moved out shortly after this series and I’m not even remotely attached to the pine quality of probably ikea.

I’ll still use the DIYcam for testing, just for consistency, and I do have the lamp, cup, tin and CD stack somewhere. As of now, I have 4 new lenses to show and test out, including this exact lens… You’ll see.

This is an old portrait lens with pretty strange parameters and some quirky features.
There is a whole lot of distortion, and like I described previously, the focus plane here is very convex, similar to the Prinzflex 28mm lens I reviewed.

It also has a smooth aperture ring which is perfect for filming.