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  1. Thanks for your input Bioskop. Inc.    I love the Helios (just ordered a 44-m too) and am most certainly going to purchase a Jupiter-9 so your suggestion of sticking to single-coated Soviets makes sense.    That MIR 47 certainly looks interesting, don't seem to be many knocking around though, I shall do some more research.     Thanks for the forum link I will take a look around, but I asked the question here as I was looking specifically for advice from a video rather than stills perspective as what is desirable in a lens for one is not necessarily so for the other and lens forums tend to be sparse on input from people who use dslr's primarily for film making.   Anybody got anything info to offer on the Biometar, or any other vintage glass I might find useful, especially the wide stuff?   Cheers
  2. Thanks again Paulio, I'll look more closely at the MIRs.   As a potential longer candidate alongside the Jupiter-9 I'm reading some nice things about the Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80 mm f/ 2.8 with the pentacon six mount, I've never tried an adapted p6 mount lens, has anybody shot with one of these Ziess babys on a dslr? What were your thoughts?   Can anybody else offer suggestions on something wider than a 35?   Cheers
  3. Hey Paulio.   You've definitely given me some food for thought.     Which MIR 35 are you referring to as there seem to be 2 models knocking around on ebay, the 1B f2.8 and the 24N f2?  The 24's seem to go for considerably more money so I assume they are a better lens but as my bargain Helios proves, the most expensive isn't always the best.   I really like what I'm seeing from other people shooting with the Jupiter-9 so I'll probably invest in one anyway, it isn't too often where I need such a long focal length in the more unpredictable run and gun situations, tends to be wider stuff most of the time, especially as I'm often asked to shoot on a crop sensor.  With that in mind, can you suggest anything wider than a 35mm?  The Cosina 28mm is perfectly serviceable and pretty sharp at it's max aperture of 2.8 as are a lot of the cheap Japanese 28's of this era it seems, but I'd like something with a little more character.   Thanks for taking the time.
  4. Hey guys I'm new here.   I recently came upon a Helios 44-2 58mm prime lens and have been very impressed with it's unique character, image quality and sharpness even wide open, especially for the very reasonable price of £4 uk sterling, and it's de-clicked preset type aperture is ideal.   I'd like to complement it with a couple more vintage primes, one around 85mm and the other around 28mm.  I shoot a lot of HD DSLR professionally and often find myself in poorly lit, indoor "rock up and shoot" situations, so the priority for me is to have glass that is fast and stays relatively sharp when wide or close to wide open. The flatter the better in terms of contrast and saturation and flare is a positive in my book.   I currently have a cheap cosina 28mm f2.8 which is average in every respect, and have nothing longer than the Helios other than slower zooms. I know fast and sharp generally means £££££££ and I cannot currently afford quality brand new primes.  I prefer older lenses anyway as I hate not having a manual aperture ring, so I was hoping you guys might have come across a few little vintage gems that might float my boat, preferably under the £150 mark.   I've seen some very nice images from the Jupiter-9 85mm, quite similar in character to the Helios, and they're right on the money, but most reviews suggest that they get very soft when opened up and I'm concerned that I wouldn't get good use out of it for this reason.    Can anybody help me out in my quest for the holy grail in bargain vintage glass?   Cheers dudes.
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