Nikon Nikon DF...


Bakersfield, CA
Since I enjoy my Jupiter 3 so much on the Leica, I thought I'd give another Ukrainian lens a try. This one is a Helios 81N on the Nikon Df. The Helios 81N is a very compact 50mm f/2 with a native Nikon F mount (AIS) that cost all of $60 in like-new condition. Its about the same size as my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E (another gem), but as a much more interesting render.

Helios 81N mounted on Nikon Df. Shot with Leica X Vario at 70mm

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And now some images captured on the Df with the Helios 81N, all shot wide-open except for the Leica M5 porno shot, taken at f/2.8

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And a selfie to close things out

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Top Veteran
Gosh, I know you like Russian lenses and have vast experience working with them. I just don't know if for 60$ it just doesn't make sense to get the Nikkor series E lens and be done with it.

Somehow I missed the M5 porno....can you repost it ? It did not display.


Product of the Fifties
Sense! I explained to my wife that me having camera gear was like her having jewelry.

I have a Series-E 36~72/3.5, but prefer the Nikkor 43~86/3.5. I have as many F-Mount lenses as Leica mount, prefer the manual focus- but even have some Af lenses.

Andrew- can you put the M5 pictures back up?


Top Veteran
Reminds me....I have another J8 incoming. I suspect it will need some love. Had to have a second one for my mini M's.


Top Veteran
That's all you got.....31 years of marriage and you are retired? Try 38 and no end in sight.

However, everyone here is tickled pink you are doing what you do.


Top Veteran
That is very interesting.....I spent some time at the Radiologic branch of AFIP in ?1980. Ahh, the good old days. No cameras, no worries.