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Experiences with IronGlass Russian Cinemodded Lenses?

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Hello everyone,

Great to see that there is a dedicated lens section on this lovely forum now!

Ironglass, a Ukraine company, that has been offering cinemodded Russian lenses (such as the Helios 44-2) for a number of years is now offering a completely rehoused version of their lenses. I bought the original cinemods back in 2018 and am now thinking of upgrading. So I am familiar with their optical performance, however I would be interested if anyone here has seen these up close and can speak to their mechanical capacity, i.e. how well the rehouse is done. I've seen a number of announcements around the web from last fall, but no real hands-on reviews.

I'd be really grateful for anyone experiences on these!

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6 hours ago, Paul Jonathan said:

I've seen a number of announcements around the web from last fall, but no real hands-on reviews.

I'd be really grateful for anyone experiences on these!

I'm trying to shoot my tests with the rehoused Helios today so I can put the video up next weekend! Subscribe to the channel if you haven't yet!

http://www.youtube.com/tferradans

5 hours ago, heart0less said:

And if you want a first-hand experience, maybe @Tito Ferradans will be able to help you a little bit more.
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Right on point, my friend. :)

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5 hours ago, heart0less said:

Hello!

For starters, I recommend taking a look at these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVQpCepQoRk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEFLiwzVy0A

Thanks for the links - but  those are the old cinemodded versions, not the full rehouse. I am looking for advice on the new ones, released last fall, however seemingly in very small quantities (I was quoted 2-3 months when I enquired..).

33 minutes ago, Tito Ferradans said:

I'm trying to shoot my tests with the rehoused Helios today so I can put the video up next weekend! Subscribe to the channel if you haven't yet!

http://www.youtube.com/tferradans

Right on point, my friend. :)

Oh great, how is your impression of the mechanics say compared to a Compact Prime? I heard that the front still extends a little outwards on focussing? How are the focus marks? I've heard they have improved those since the initial release.. Also, do you have any of the other rehouses? Particularly interested in the 20mm, since they do them (they confirmed via email), but can't find any pictures of them anywhere.

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I thought he meant "internal focusing", as the conversion still extends during focus adjustments.  There aren't a lot of situations where that matters, but I guess there are some?

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