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. AF not very reliable.
Best bridge camera within the limitations of a small 1/2.3" sensor, mainly thanks to its 25-600/2.8 zoom.
Classic, near-perfect camera. No I.S., but it should make it more reliable long term, and some Fuji X lenses are O.I.S..
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus PEN-F
Pentax KP
Very Good but commands could be more rational, and technology is 'Deja Vu'. Amazing possibilities for the weight though.
Excellent camera but not optimal handling with large tele lenses (prime or zoom).
Very Good but could be lighter, have a more powerful flash, more rational commands, better jpeg, 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 18mm F2 R
Very Good but not so good in the corners at 55mm. Too bulky. I prefer mechanical aperture and focusing rings.
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
HD Pentax DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Too bulky. Unexpectedly very sharp. Nice lens.
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.
HD Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR
Kamlan 28mm F1.4
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.
Very well built. Heavy vignetting up to F/4.0, corner not sharp enough under F/2.8.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro
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'.
Excellent on all counts but f/4.0 is not enough on a M43 camera to isolate your subject.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4-5.6 R
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II
I love the size and the manual focus 'switching' with an infinity stop. Sharpness in the corners at f/2.0 could be better.
You can buy it for $100 on sale! And it is not only very light, but also sharp, unbelievably sharp.
Very light, and the minimum focal of 75mm is convenient. Sharp at 300mm at F/8.0, but sometimes the autofocus is inaccurate. Small aperture limits its use.
Olympus Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter EC-14
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH
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.
A little bit disappointing in the corners.
Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
Very sharp, convenient close focus capability.
An excellent surprise, it gives me better images than other well rated lenses like the Olympus 25/1.8.
Not perfect at 300mm at full aperture in the corners. But except for that, damned good. I like it more and more.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS
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'.
Like the 12-35/2.8, very good I.Q. but not exciting.
Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
Pentax smc FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited
Pentax smc FA 43mm F1.9 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 MF/AF.
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.
Pentax smc FA 77mm 1.8 Limited
Samyang 12mm F2.0 NCS CS / Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS
Samyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC / Rokinon 135mm F2.0 ED UMC
Would be perfect with less CA and quick shift MF/AF.
Excellent lens. I wish it had a chip to transmit EXIF data to the camera. Also, vignetting is too strong at f/2 and still at f/2.8.
Fantastic image quality, focusing ring too stiff, too heavy.
Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF / Rokinon 85mm F1.4
Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art
Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro
Very Good but not Excellent. Good sharpness at f/1.4, progressing slowly at smaller apertures. A little bit of C.A. at f/1.4 and f/2.0. Minimum distance (1m) could be shorter.
Ultra-Sharp, inexpensive.
Cheap, light and short! Convenient Macro function. I dislike the feeling of the focusing, zooming and aperture rings. Weak corners on FF.
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro
Tokina AT-X Pro 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Zooming a little bit too tight. Too much plastic. Excellent image quality, very sharp. Light weight.
A little bit bulky, a little bit of C.A. at f/2.8..... Everything else is great.
A little bit on the heavy side, but perfect: delightful focusing ring, Macro 1:1, fantastic optical qualities.
Venus Laowa 10mm F2 Zero-D MFT
Except for vignetting, excellent image quality. Ultra small and light. Reasonable price. Behaves like an Olympus AF lens for everything, except manual focusing (easy and smooth). I wish they had an aperture ring.
Other gear:
  • Canon FDn 35/2.0 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Ball Bearings
  • Canon FDn 80-200mm f/4.0 L I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Built quality, Comb. Zoom / Focusing
  • 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 080-200mm 4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing
  • 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): Heavy, Comb. Zoom / Focusing
  • Contax Zeiss 100mm 3.5 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): Aperture
  • 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
  • Contax Zeiss 500mm 8.0 MR
  • Kamlan 21/1.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): some samples are decentered
  • 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. 19/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Leica R 70-210mm 4.0 I.Q. 17/20 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 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 75-150mm 4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Combined Zooming / Focusing
  • Nikon AI-P 045/2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 035/2.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Flare
  • 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 400/5.6 ED-IF I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Nikon AIs 500/8.0 MR I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): Heavy
  • Oshiro 500/6.3 TM I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Rings too tight, flimsy hood
  • Pentax A 024mm 2.8 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 028mm 2.0 I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 050mm 1.4 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax A 050mm 2.0 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* 024mm 2.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pentax FA* 200mm 2.8 I.Q. 19/20 Flaw(s): Weight (with hood)
  • Pentax FA* 300mm 4.5 I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): Weight, no tripod collar
  • Pentax M 075-150mm 4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Combined Zooming / Focusing
  • Pentax M 120mm 2.8 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Pergear 35/1.6 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): No aperture clicks, Truly f/2.0 not f/1.6
  • Tamron 70-210/3.5-4.0 SP I.Q. 17/20 Flaw(s): Long and Heavy
  • Tamron 70-210/3.8-4.0 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing
  • Tamron SP MR 350mm f/5.6 I.Q. 18/20 ; Flaw(s): Bokeh, fixed aperture, large diameter
  • Tokina SD 70-210/4.0-5.6 I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing, Small Aperture
  • TTArtisan 17/1.4 I.Q. 15/20 Flaw(s): I.Q.
  • TTArtisan 35/1.4 I.Q. 16/20 Flaw(s): I.Q.
  • TTArtisan 40/2.8 Macro I.Q. 18/20 Flaw(s): Focusing, Vignetting
  • Vivitar 70-210/2.8-4.0 Apo 18/20 Flaw(s): Comb. Zooming / Focusing, Too much rubber, Heavy
  • Voigtlander 028/2.8 SL-IIs 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): Flare
  • Voigtlander 090/2.8 SL-IIs Apo I.Q. 20/20 Flaw(s): None
  • Voigtlander 180/4.0 SL Apo I.Q. 19/20 ; Flaw(s): None

Belgarchi's wish list

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Fujifilm X100V
Nikon Z7

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
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
Rating for the year it was created.