Quantaray Lens on a Nikon D200

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Robert Nabors, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Anyone that has experience using the QUANTARAY 70-100mm 14.0-5.6 AF Zoom
    Lens on a Nikon D200, please advise how well it performs.

    Robert
     
    Robert Nabors, Dec 18, 2006
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    Bill Guest


    I presume you mean the Quantaray 70-210 f/4-5.6 model. I haven't used
    the lense, but from what I've read online about Quantaray, they're one
    of the worst brands available. The price should be your first clue to
    quality.

    And no offense, but why would you want to put a crappy lense on such a
    nice camera? The lense does all the work in forming an image for the
    camera to capture, so it's arguably the most important part of a
    camera system.
     
    Bill, Dec 18, 2006
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    jeremy Guest

    I think you've put the cart before the horse. The LENS is the first link in
    the image chain, and your image can be only as good as your lens.

    Quanterray lenses are Ritz Cameras' house brand, and I believe that they are
    manufactured by the lowest bidder. Last I heard, they were being made by
    some Korean outfit.

    Ritz would typically put Quanterray lenses on name-brand cameras and
    advertise the kits for sale at prices that appeared to be beneath that of
    the competition. Their typical consumer thought he was getting a good deal,
    not realizing that he was comparing the price to that of a camera with an
    OEM brand lens. Most consumers don't understand the subtleties of these
    things, so Ritz exploited their customers' lack of knowledge.

    And you ask about Quanterray lenses? I'd use them for doorstops.

    I have had my flings with cheap lenses and I have always been disappointed.
     
    jeremy, Dec 18, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    Nikon makes a great 80~200 AF f2.8. That's what you should be putting on
    your D200. Lots of used ones floating around. (This is assuming the other
    posters are correct in that you are actually looking for an 80~200.)
     
    Sheldon, Dec 18, 2006
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    W Paul Mills Guest

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    W Paul Mills, Dec 19, 2006
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  6. Thanks,

    I'll just skip considering the lens, "QUANTARAY 70-100mm 14.0-5.6 AF Zoom,"
    and take a look at the Nikon 80~200 AF f2.8.

    Robert
     
    Robert Nabors, Dec 19, 2006
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  7. An excellent choice. You might want to widen it just slightly,
    and also look at the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lense with VR. I
    haven't used one, but it is essentially a replacement for the
    80-200mm f/2.8.

    The 80-200mm f/2.8 has been made in several variations, and
    you will find at least three different versions that are very
    similar. The one you want is marked "Nikon ED" and named
    "AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:2.8 D". The significant difference is
    the "ED", which stands for extra low dispersion glass.

    The lenses is rugged, big, heavy, and sharp.
     
    Floyd L. Davidson, Dec 19, 2006
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  8. FWIW, there is currently a rebate when purchased from authorized vendors:
    http://www.nikonusa.com/fileuploads/pdfs/SelectandSave.pdf
    Not as good as the one when I purchased my 70-200-mm f/2.8 VR, but better
    than nothing.
     
    Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), Dec 19, 2006
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    Jer Guest

    Like Walmart comparing their cheap Chinese knock-off trash with quality
    name brands and their customers believing it's just good marketing
    leading to a good deal.
     
    Jer, Dec 19, 2006
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    tomm42 Guest

    Ok you found out what folks think of Quantaray lenses. The best 70-200
    for the D200 is the 80-200 f2.8 used (get the 2 ring zoom and focus not
    the push pull) they run $500-$1000 used (www.keh.com for a good used
    source). For a lens that is a lighter look at the Nikon 70-210 f4 (not
    the f4-5.6) it is only available used. For new lenses look at the
    55-200, plastic lens but, inexpensive and has some good reviews, or
    the new 70-300 VR lens, which is new and the few reviews of it have
    been very good, it is a consumer level lens, not pro.

    Good luck
    Tom
     
    tomm42, Dec 19, 2006
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  11. sorry to say none, but the 800-200 f/2.8 are really worth the trouble if
    you are serious which a D200 suggests at least somewhat.
     
    Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), Dec 19, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    You won't regret it. Mine is an ED model, pre tripod mount with the
    push/pull zoom and focus. It is an extremely sharp lens. I almost got one
    on eBay, but one of my clients had this one in excellent condition so I did
    a trade for it. I've made some really dumb trades for my services in the
    past, but this was a great move on my part. Also makes an excellent lens
    for portraits. I'm using mine with a D70.
     
    Sheldon, Dec 19, 2006
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