There is a sentiment to old lenses. Many say that modern one are too good, too sharp, too sterile. While vintage lenses thanks to all the imperfections and softness have soul. The cheapest of vintage lenses in Helios 44 from USSR! Let’s take a look at one of my Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 lenses and compare how it stands against modern Panasonic Leica DG 12-60 Vario Elmarit f/2.8-4.0. Let’s take a look at sharpness, color, contrast and bokeh. Oh, I know those Helios 44 very well! When I was growing up, they were basically only lenses one could afford. And you know what, we were not the biggest fans of them.