Helios-40-2, 85/1.5, M42 Mount


Helios-40-2, 85/1.5, M42 Mount

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The Russian Helios-40-2 is one of the greatest lenses made in the USSR. This lens was initially produced as the Helios-40 in 39 mm SLR mount, and was intended for use with the early Zenit cameras (Zenit, Zenit-S, Zenit-3, Zenit-3M, Kristall). Since around 1970
the lens was modernized – it received a new mount (standard M42), new finish (black enamel), and new name – Helios-40-2.

The lens is large, heavy, it has a lot of glass and metal. The aperture is
a “preset” type – there are two rings. You set the aperture with one ring (it
has stop-clicks), and after the focusing is completed, you close the aperture
to the preset value with the second ring without taking your eye from the viewfinder.
The lens has a built-in 3/8″ tripod mount.

The lens has very “shallow” depth-of-field, and this feature is ideal for
portrait pictures. You can easily control backgound sharpness with the aperture


  • Focal length
85 mm
  • Aperture
1:1.5 (settings from 1.5 to 22)
  • Focusing
1 m – Infinity
  • Filter size
M67x0.75 mm
  • Optical registration (back focus)
45.5 mm
  • Mount
M42 (aka Universal Pentax Screwmount)
  • The glass is coated; the barrel is finished in black enamel.


This Helios-40-2 lens was made by the KMZ plant in 1975. It is in EXC+ condition, with clean glass and smooth mechanics.


The lens comes with both (front and rear) caps.


The lens is shown on a Zenit-12xp (camera not included).


Additional information

Weight 3.5 lbs


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