July 11, 2007 at 12:40 am #1041
Has anyone ever used the Quantaray 18-50 mm lens or heard anything about how good it is?July 11, 2007 at 1:15 am #12329caradocParticipant
I don’t recall ever having heard anyone say they loved their Quantaray – two of my mentors have said that it’s very dependent on exactly which lens you get in their line, and that their line overall is marketed toward consumer-level photographers, not pros. It’s the Ritz/Wolf “house brand,” so I’m betting you’ll get what you pay for (i.e., cheap lens.)
You might try Google. I just spent a few minutes checking, and the general opinion of the entire Quantaray line isn’t good.July 11, 2007 at 1:17 am #12330AnalogyParticipant
I don’t have any experience with them, but does anyone else think that a “Quantaray” sounds like some kind of aquatic lifeform?July 11, 2007 at 3:50 pm #123313HornParticipant
linguine, what camera are you shooting?July 11, 2007 at 6:46 pm #12332
i use a d50July 11, 2007 at 10:36 pm #123333HornParticipant
Do you have the Nikkor 18-55 that comes as a kit lens? I seriously doubt the Quantaray can compare to it.July 11, 2007 at 10:43 pm #12334ElsinoreKeymaster
I haven’t heard a single good thing about Quantary lenses, and I’m not an OEM snob–I love my Tamron 28-75, and I have a Tokina 12-24 on the way (w00t!). Typically the big third party lens manufacturers are limited to Tamron, Tokina, and Sigma. Other manufacturers don’t tend to even get a second glance.July 11, 2007 at 11:57 pm #12335
Ive got the Nikkor 28-80, there was a sale with that lens instead of the 18-55, so I was mostly looking for something a little wider that would be better for close ups. But after reading around some more its looking like its probably a good idea to stay away from Quantary lenses.July 12, 2007 at 12:12 am #12336staplermofoParticipant
I have a 28mm Quantaray which is 100% awesome. You can play hackysack with it without fear of hurting it, it’s sharp as a tack, has reasonably good color and bokeh, and is just generally nice. Aperture control just doesn’t work with digital bodies (which is apparently common with older Sigma and Quantaray lenses for Canon AF).
Of course, there are plenty of other Quantaray lenses which by all accounts will fall apart if you look at them the wrong way, and have the optical quality of melted plastic.
I’ve heard from more than a few places that their best lenses are just rebadged designs from other 3rd party folks, like Sigma. But Sigma’s 18-50mm looks like a totally different design. That, plus the total lack of reviews means it’s probably garbage, but I have no idea.July 12, 2007 at 12:25 am #12337ElsinoreKeymaster
Well, now I’ve heard something good about Quantaray 😉July 12, 2007 at 12:30 am #12338
The average review of this lens on ritzs website was actually 4.5 out of 5, but it was only 2 reviews so I figured it would be better to look for more reviews than just go off 2 ratings.July 12, 2007 at 1:11 am #12339caradocParticipant
I did some more poking around. From what I can gather, the entire Quantaray line consists of rebadged OEM hardware from Sigma and Tamron – mostly from the bottom end of those manufacturers. As staplermofo noted, your mileage may vary.
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