Belgarchi

Lives in United States Cape Ann, MA, United States
Works as a Retired Architect and Geophysicist.
Joined on Nov 22, 2012
About me:

My first serious camera was a Rolleiflex 4x4 ('reflex' dual-lens), followed by a Mamyia 500TL (24x36 SLR). I began taking slides, plus later B&W photos. I developed B&W films in my bathroom, and printed the negatives with a Meopta, later a Durst enlarger. I was a semi-professional in these film days (~35 years ago). I was using on a regular basis Leica R and Pentax K cameras. Around 2005, I had a tough time to transition from film to digital, the first digital cameras were terrible. From 2000 to 2015 my work didn't leave me enough time to practice photography seriously anyway. Now that I am retired and living on the North-East coast, I am enjoying photography again. Also, I got the 'ManualFocusOldLensesCollecting' virus.
Note that I made a big effort to list all my old lenses. Don't be astonished by the high 'I.Q.' scores (17-20/20): these lenses are all very good, I didn't keep the lesser ones. These I.Q. scores are made of resolution, contrast, flare, colors at different distances and aperture from center to corner, using an APS-C digital camera. For excellent samples: indeed, there are often more variation sample to sample than between lens models for these 30+ years old lenses!

Belgarchi's current gear

Leica D-Lux 7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Fujifilm X-T3
The first one gave me blurry images. The second one is very good, as it should be. A delight to use.
Best bridge camera with a small 1/2.3" sensor, mainly thanks to its 25-600/2.8 zoom.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
Olympus PEN-F
Pentax KP
Very good ergonomics, EVF. Light weight. The 16MP sensor is still competitive, I can barely see a difference with the 20MP sensor. Excellent jpegs. Amazingly inexpensive at $450.
Excellent camera but not optimal handling with large tele lenses (prime or zoom).
Near perfect APS-C DSLR. Could be lighter have a more powerful flash and a larger autonomy. Controversial AF is actually fine for my needs
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
Very Good but not so good in the corners at 55mm. Too bulky. I prefer mechanical aperture and focusing rings.
HD Pentax DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
HD Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR
Excellent except vignetting and sharpness in the corners at f/4.0. At f/5.6 or more the edges are excellent. Very light, very well built.
Image quality is good but not great. Amazingly well built and light.
Excellent zoom but I.Q. of Tamron 17-50/2.8 nearly as good, with a constant aperture and a wider focal range, at half the price. Superb built quality.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
I love the size and the manual focus 'switching' with an infinity stop. Vignetting and sharpness in the corners at f/1.8 could be better. But has a lot of 'character'.
Very Good but 'lack character'.
I love the size and the manual focus 'switching' with an infinity stop. Sharpness in the corners at f/2.0 could be better.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4-5.6 R
Olympus Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter EC-14
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
You can buy it for $100 on sale! And it is not only very light, but also sharp, unbelievably sharp.
Lightweight and fantastic image quality, the best extender I ever used. Works with most adapted lenses.
Superb build quality. A pity that the aperture ring is not usable with Olympus cameras. I.Q. is very very good but not spectacular, like a Zeiss lens can be.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS
A little bit disappointing in the corners.
An excellent surprise, it gives me better images than other well rated lenses like the Olympus 25/1.8.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS
Not perfect at 300mm at full aperture in the corners. But except for that, damned good. I like it more and more.
I don't know why this lens is not well rated. Mine is very sharp. My experience with Panasonic lenses tells me that there is a large variation of sample quality. Maybe was I just lucky.
Like the 15/1.7, very good I.Q. but no 'Gestalt'.
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS
Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
Pentax smc FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited
Ultra light for a 100/2.8 1:1. Excellent I.Q. at all distances and all apertures. Good built quality, unlike the non-WR version. Optically identical to Tokina 100/2.8 Macro AT-X
Already good and usable at f/1.8, exceptionally good from f/2.4. Superb mechanically. Lacks quick shift.
Pentax smc FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
Pentax smc FA 77mm 1.8 Limited
Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art
A bizarre lens... Poor performance on test charts, but I love the photos I take with it... something about the contrast and the colors I think.
Would be perfect with less CA and quick shift MF/AF.
Ultra-Sharp, inexpensive.
Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
Tokina AT-X Pro 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Cheap, light and short! Convenient Macro function. I dislike the feeling of the focusing, zooming and aperture rings. Weak corners on FF.
A little bit on the heavy side, but perfect: delightful focusing ring, Macro 1:1, fantastic optical qualities.
Other gear:
  • Canon FDn 035mm 2.0 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Built quality, Flare
  • Canon FDn 135mm 3.5 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Built quality
  • Canon FDn 200mm 2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Built quality
  • Canon FDn 200mm 4.0 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Built quality
  • Canon FDn 300mm 4.0 L 19/20 Flaw(s): Size & Weight
  • Canon FDn 80-200mm f/4.0 L I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Combined Zooming / Focusing
  • Contax Yashica ML 100mm 3.5 Macro I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Contax Zeiss 028mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Contax Zeiss 035mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Min. Dist. 40 cm
  • Contax Zeiss 050mm 1.4 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Contax Zeiss 060mm 2.8 Makro-C I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Contax Zeiss 085mm 2.8 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): No telescopic hood ; Min. Dist. 1m
  • Contax Zeiss 100-300mm 4.5-5.6 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing, Heavy
  • Contax Zeiss 135mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Heavy ; Min. Dist. 1.6m
  • Contax Zeiss 180mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Contax Zeiss 200mm 4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Heavy for its aperture
  • Contax Zeiss 300mm 4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Heavy for its aperture
  • Leica R 035mm 2.8 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): Heavy
  • Leica R 050mm 2.0 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Heavy
  • Leica R 090mm 2.8 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): Heavy
  • Leica R 180mm 4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-II 300mm 4.5 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-III 024mm 2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-III 028mm 2.8 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-III 035mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-III 050mm 1.4 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-III 050mm 2.0 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-III 085mm 2.0 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): No telescopic hood
  • Minolta MD-III 100mm 2.5 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Minolta MD-III 135mm 2.8 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): Min. Dist. 1.5m
  • Minolta MD-III 135mm 3.5 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Min. Dist. 1.5m
  • Minolta MD-III 200mm 2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): No I.F.
  • Minolta MD-III 200mm 4.0 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): Min. Dist. 2.5m
  • Minolta MD-III 70-210mm 4.0 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): Combined Zooming / Focusing
  • Minolta MD-III 75-150mm 4.0 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): Combined Zooming / Focusing
  • Nikon AI-P 045/2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 028/2.8 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 035/2.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 050/1.4 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 055/2.8M I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 085/2.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 100/2.8 E I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): No Telescopic Hood, Plastic helicoid
  • Nikon AIs 105/2.5 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): Weight
  • Nikon AIs 180/2.8 ED I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 200/4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): No I.F.
  • Nikon AIs 75-150mm 3.5 E I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): Combined Zooming / Focusing
  • Nikon AIs 80-200mm 4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing, Heavy
  • Pentax A 024mm 2.8 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 028mm 2.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 050mm 1.4 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 050mm 2.8 Macro I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 100mm 2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 135mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 200mm 4.0 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): No I.F.
  • Pentax FA 035mm 2.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Bad Aperture and Focusing rings
  • Pentax FA* 200mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Weight (with hood)
  • Pentax K 028mm 3.5 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Heavy for its aperture
  • Pentax M 120mm 2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Tamron 70-210mm f/3.8-4.0 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing
  • Tamron SP 300mm f/5.6 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): C.A.
  • Tamron SP MR 350mm f/5.6 I.Q. 18/20 ; Flaw(s): Bokeh, fixed aperture, large diameter
  • Tamron SP MR 500mm f/8.0 I.Q. 17/20 ; Flaw(s): Bokeh, fixed aperture, large diameter
  • Tokina SD 70-210/4.0-5.6 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing
  • Voigtlander 040/2.0 SL I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Voigtlander 040/2.0 SL-IIs I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Voigtlander 058/1.4 SL-IIs I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Voigtlander 180/4.0 SL I.Q. 19/20 ; Flaw(s): None

Belgarchi's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro
Fujifilm X100V
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II
Nikon Z7
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

Belgarchi's previous gear

Canon PowerShot G10
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Rating for the year it was created. Excellent I.Q. at low ISO, nice to use.
Rating for the year it was created.
Rating for the year it was created. Was years ahead of competition.
Nikon Coolpix P7700
Canon PowerShot S120
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Rating for the year it was created. Superb commands, very nice lens. Lacks an optional EVF. Slow.
Rating for the year it was created. Not fast enough at 120mm. Should have a flash shoe.
Rating for the year it was created. Excellent I.Q. EVF rarely used (must be 'popped-up'). Protection shutter... very fragile, unacceptable.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Olympus Stylus 1s
Pentax K10D
I.Q. of 12MP jpeg files amazingly good, and consistent photo after photo. A pity the zoom didn't go down to 24mm.
Rating for the year it was created. Reliable, full feature, excellent I.Q....heavy.
Pentax K-x
Pentax K-30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Rating for the year it was created. A little bit too basic for my taste.
Rating for the year it was created, and as long as it works. Well equipped. Very good viewfinder, weather proof, etc. Excellent 'real-world' I.Q., feels more than 16MP. Fragile!!! The aperture actuation mechanism fails in all of them.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Pentax K-70
Rating for the year it was created.