romanvaizer 12:57pm, 1 February 2014
Hi everyone,
I know there are some discussions about the Helios with NIkon D60 focusing issue, but I didn't find any that actually helped me, maybe someone has encountered a similar issue and can help.

I've purchased the following:

42M Nikon Adapter-

44M-4 Helios lens

I went for a test shooting the other day and found out that I can only shoot Macro images with no option to focus on objects a few meters ahead.
I discovered that I can't shoot portraits :\

A quick search revealed that this quiet common, but still couldn't find a good solution.

I tried these once:

But with no results.

Is the problem with the Lens? adapter? Camera? I'm really lost out here.

Can somebody with similar experience can share a solution that worked for him?

Any help to the right direction will be highly appreciated!
Mervyn S 8 years ago
I know nothing of these Helios lenses, but are you able to manually focus the lens?
romanvaizer 8 years ago
Yes. just not to infinity.
lorenzo1910 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by lorenzo1910 (member) 8 years ago
Different lens register distance...45.5 for M42 and 46.5 for Nikon F
To achieve infinity focus the adapter should be (only) 1mm thick
lorenzo1910 8 years ago
...and BTW in the adapter ad you can read
Although the lens will fit physically, automatic diaphragm, auto-focusing, or any other functions will not operate correctly while using this adapter.
In this case "stop-down mode" will need to be used when metering since the lens does not have the ability to have its aperture controlled by the camera body. You can shoot with manual mode or aperture priority mode. It does not allows Inifity Focus".
romanvaizer 8 years ago
Hi Lorenzo,
I know for 100% that there are modifications, or appropriate adapters for combining helios 44M with Nikon D60. I just need an adapter recommendation.
As far as I understood there needs to be an adapter with glass.
Because there are different once I need a recommendation for a quality one..
lorenzo1910 8 years ago
I need a recommendation for a quality one..

Uhm...I'm not sure you can find a "good" one...usually they are cheap and the quality of the image will "suffer" accordingly...
Good luck mate...
romanvaizer 8 years ago
hm...I'm not sure you can find a "good" one...usually they are cheap and the quality of the image will "suffer" accordingly...
Good luck mat

thank you Lorenzo for trying to help.
If anybody can assist with a proper URL, that would be great!
geiteero 7 years ago

I have used D60 with solviet lenses!
For the focusing to work, you need lens adapter that has a small lens inside of it!
I had something like this ->

Warning, with the m42 lens adapter, you cant shoot wide open. Well actualy you can, but the pictures come out soft, dreamy, creamy. They look cool, but not sharp.
By wide open i mean below f3.5.

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