Swirly bokeh lenses are back! New Helios glass has arrived

Zenitar 75mm f/1.4 lens Helios Edition
(Image credit: Zenitar)

The "swirly bokeh" effect is a highly coveted one among fans of vintage lenses, with classic glass from Helios being among the best examples of this unique character. And now we have a brand new Helios lens, that brings soft, watercolor-like rendering and swirling bokeh back to the modern market. 

The Zenitar 75mm f/1.4 Helios Edition lens has just been released for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, such as the Sony A7 IV. With its short telephoto length, fast aperture and characterful charm, could it be a contender for one of the best lenses for portraits?

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.