Opinions on Quantaray lenses?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Paul, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Seems like Quantaray is one of the major lens brands carried by Ritz. I am
    thinking of purchasing an FD 75-300mm for my Canon AV-1 - currently only
    using the standard 50mm lens.

    Any opinions on this brand are appreciated!

    Thanks-
    Paul
     
    Paul, Nov 11, 2003
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    PSsquare Guest

    Politeness restrains me from saying exactly what I think of Quantaray
    lenses, but you can surely do better. Nor, is Ritz exactly my idea of a
    good place to get camera gear.

    PSsquare
     
    PSsquare, Nov 11, 2003
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    Matt Clara Guest

    There's really no such thing as a Quantaray brand, as Ritz simply has lens
    makers such as Vivitar rebadge lenses with the Quantaray name. They aren't
    worth the money they cost.

    Check out KEH for used FD lenses, such as this one:
    http://makeashorterlink.com/?X55014286
    If KEH says it's in excellent condition, it'll look like new to you.
    mc
     
    Matt Clara, Nov 11, 2003
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  4. I believe the newsgroup's consensus of opinion is that the word which best
    describes Quantary rhymes with the theme for last weeks Shoot-In
     
    Tony Parkinson, Nov 11, 2003
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    Nick C Guest

    I guess one could say they are a little bit better than a Coke bottle.

    Nick
     
    Nick C, Nov 11, 2003
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    Paul Guest

    Thanks all!!

    Paul


     
    Paul, Nov 11, 2003
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    Jeremy Guest

    Ritz seems to have found a way to undersell the competition, while
    maintaining a decent profit margin, by selling SLRs with the Quanterray
    lenses rather than the OEM kit lenses.

    It is a technique that works well for them, as their target market is
    relatively unsophistocated, and typically doesn't know the difference. It
    may be legal, but it is clearly an underhanded attempt to take advantage of
    customers' ignorance. On that basis alone, I would not patronize them.

    As for the quality of the lenses, I have never heard anything good about
    them. I've often wondered who manufactures them--if, indeed, they is even
    any consistency in who manufactures them. For all I know, Ritz just takes
    the current low bidder . . .

    I am told that they do make acceptable doorstops, though . . .
     
    Jeremy, Nov 11, 2003
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    The Dave© Guest

    The plastic bottles, at least.
     
    The Dave©, Nov 11, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    I doubt there are any Quantary lenses in FD mount,but even if they are,
    Quantary is pretty much skip-it material. Try KEH for used lenses in that
    mount. It will probably cost less and give you a higher quality lens.
     
    Tony Spadaro, Nov 11, 2003
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    Bob Monaghan Guest

    as noted, these are rebranded lenses under a store name brand; many of
    them are standard Sigma zooms, but other mfgers are also possible. They
    are usually consumer quality lenses - decent up to about 8x10"
    prints, which covers 99% of all prints made. You probably won't notice the
    difference, if you aren't using a tripod and are using typical color print
    film, since most color print films used handheld are not going to let you
    beat 50 lpmm resolution, regardless of how great a lens you use on the
    camera. For many such consumer photo needs, these lenses are probably
    pretty adequate, IMHO. If you are using fine resolution films (slides,
    B&W) on a tripod where quality is critical, consider more pricey pro 35mm
    lenses. Better yet, check out medium format (see http://medfmt.8k.com/mf/)

    Sigma also makes some very good fixed lenses, rather more expensive, and
    also made zooms sold under the Hasselblad label, for example, among
    others. They pioneered third party ultrawide lenses, and also made a well
    liked series of APO telephotos (400mm f/5.6 macro..). Unfortunately, most
    of the ritz lenses are lower cost consumer oriented zooms which are chosen
    more on price than performance.

    the big advantage of the Ritz purchase is they give you an extended
    warranty and many more places to try out and see the lenses. These lenses
    aren't "coke bottles", but they aren't likely to be as rugged as the
    higher $ lenses favored by many pros and serious amateurs. But frankly,
    for most consumer shooters, the lenses are as good as they need to be to
    ;-) Used on a tripod with high resolution film, the results can be
    surprisingly good for real world shots.

    regards bobm

    see http://medfmt.8k.com/third/index.html for more on third party lenses
     
    Bob Monaghan, Nov 12, 2003
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