Here Comes The Swirl
I got home yesterday just as the light was wining away, but I still took out my camera and went to take some more test shots with the Helios. And yes, I got the swiiiirrl! ^-^
Getting the swirly bokeh needs a particular depth of field and distance to background though. You can see some strange bokeh in this shot above...
But once I got closer to the subject the effect become much more clear. This and the branch above were shot at 1,5-2m distance. The photos have not been cropped btw, only colour/light edited.
If the background is not really swirled, it still looks very busy. The bokeh is definitely not smooth. But thenagain, it was the very point of getting this glass. ;)
Well, this one above I did crop. Here the distance to the subject (the tree) is a looong one, 20m or so. Well, the background aka the grey clouds are at 'infinity' so nothing much can be said about bokeh anyway. I just loved the looks of the three.
Today it's snowing again, so I have to do a comparison test between Canon and Helios some other day... :(