$285 million Dune: Part Two used this $75 Russian camera lens

Helios 44-2 lens on a dark surface against a blurry woodland background
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Dune: Part Two boasts some of the most stunning visuals ever committed to celluloid. And among the lenses used to film this $285 million blockbuster was this $75 vintage bootleg lens, made in the Soviet Union in the 1960s. 

It's the Helios 44-2, a beloved bit of glass in the vintage lens community for its signature Petzval "swirly bokeh". Apparently this characteristic is loved by Dune: Part Two's cinematographer, Greig Fraser, too, as he selected a specially modified Helios as part of the eclectic lens outfit for the movie.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.