I have a lens, which I adore, although I feel love and care towards all components of my photographic equipment. All of them help me embody my ideas in a perfect way. But this one is a magic lens capable of creating unique portraits with antique touch, with pictorial backgrounds, with a sensation of stepping into a wonderland… It’s Gelios 40 from Soviet times. This one was manufactured in 1964 as a part of a kit with Start Camera, which, according to expert opinions is better than famous Zenit (well, famous mostly for Soviet people :)), a device of limited release. This lens is fully manual, has no autofocus, its diaphragm can be changed only on the lens itself by a dedicated ring, bayonet doesn’t fit to any modern digital camera (the adapter for connection with my Canon was made by a locksmith in Kiev), and is pretty heavy – 400 g. But the image, created by this lens is totally unusual, as its open-wide diaphragm (1.5) and marvelous bokeh produce an exclusive picture.