Lens In Use
- With no aperture this lens takes some getting used to.
- Exposure is controlled by ISO and shutter speed.
- This lens was made by the Soviet military and it is really heavy. No plastic here, only metal. Even the lens cap is made out of metal.
- It is one of those lenses that has its own tripod attachment – yes that is how heavy it is.
- It does not have a built in sun shade.
- No lens coating.
- The lens is metal and looks strange on a camera, but it works and is actually very sharp.
- Very heavy (450g) metal and glass lens, but very solid and resistant to damage even if dropped.
Remember this lens was designed for Infra Red night-vision. It has a very narrow focus plane which creates the unusual images. Due to the shallow depth of field and the general softness of the lens it is difficult to get correct focus. It’s a bit of a hit & miss situation.Summary
The Cyclop lens has its own look and glow. Added to this is the idea of using a Russian spy lens on the camera and wondering about its previous use. I love the “Swirl” Bokeh
that the Cyclop and Helios 40 are well known for although it is something others may not like. The bokeh
is the main reason people buy this lens, and rightly so. It is one of the most distinct bokeh around. It is twirling and creates a superb, characteristic backdrop. With this lens the subject is the bokeh
Alongside the unique bokeh
the best thing about this lens is the fun factor. The lens has no aperture control, no distance scale, no coating, no lens hood and this forces you to take pictures differently. Suddenly there will be much more factors to take into account than when you shoot with a normal lens. This is a challenge that some people might not like but I love it.
I would recommend this lens to anyone who is into creative, artistic photography. Do you enjoy lens hacks? Do you love perfect imperfections? Then give this a go – you will have fun.
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For general information on lens design and lens elements go to the homepage HERE