Travel and photography fit nicely together, there’s no better time to take photos than when you’re on the road, but by the time you’ve saved and spent all your hard-earned money on exploring, there isn’t much left for that perfect new lens to take those precious shots. When it comes to saving money for either camera equipment or travelling, i’d always choose travelling, making do with whatever photography equipment I had.
However, with new trends in retro filters, Instagram and film photography, vintage film lenses may prove to be an alternative and trendy solution to the travel-photography expense dilemma.
I’ve recently bought myself a Helios 44-2. I noticed the lens had a substantial following on Instagram, I was curios to try the swirly Bokeh and there seemed to be plenty available on Ebay. The lens cost me $13 (CA) dollars and the adapter (M42-EOS) to fit it to my modern DSLR cost me $7. Once you’ve factored in the shipping from Belarus (it’s a Russian lens) the whole thing cost me $45 - not bad for F2.0 58mm!
Once you’ve mastered the manual focus, which is tricky at times, the lens makes for some unique sharp shots, superior to those taken with my kit lens. The lens is small and robust, perfect for photographers travelling light and the small price tag means you’re not too worried about having it lost or stolen - making your trip altogether more enjoyable.
Why you should try the Helios 44-2 58mm: