I’m into analog photography, I really am! So why do I write something about an outdated digital camera and a Russian lens? The reason is, with all its drawbacks, this camera-lens combination comes close to the analog experience I like, with the images but also with the fun of using it. I don’t want to go on here about the ‘magic’ of the sensor. You’ll find a lot of it in the web. Most of the magic is related to belief. However – I like to give underdogs a chance and most of the time I do like the colour rendering!
Of course, one of the main features the Helios lens offers is the swirl bokeh. That however is pretty much eaten up by the crop factor of the sensor. But here is a glimpse of what the lens can do for you on a full frame digital or film camera.
In order to get the swirly bokeh you need to go wide open; this puts a bit of back pressure to the sharpness (but it is alright – I think).
Going down the f-stop scale brings back the sharpness though.
Well, you can’t write something about a Sigma Digital Camera without give at least one example of your own interpretation of ‘Foveon-Magic’.
To sum it up: to me this minimal digital set-up is my ideal companion to walk around and capture e.g. family life – all for a reasonable price (150€ Camera + 20€ Lens + 10 € Lens Adapter). It will not replace the vast GAS-related fleet of analog cameras!