I have a NIkon D50. I want to buy a 55mm to 200mm lens and not sure which to buy Noikon or Quantaray. Can anyone help?
Quantaray is definitely inferior to Nikon. Dealers often combine first rate camera bodies, like Nikon's, with Quantaray lenses to arrive at the lowest possible advertised price. I would stay far away from Quantaray and pay a little extra for a far superior Nikon lens.
Thank you!!! I wasn't to sure but I figured the dealer was trying to pull a fast one with me.
my general opinion is that third party lenses are not as good as those designed by the camera maker...BUT there certainly are exceptions. I would add that the lenses made by the camera maker almost always maintain a higher resale value then the third party ones. That may seem trivial, but its not uncommon for me to sell a Nikkor for almost what I paid for it so long as it was kept well.
another thing... the REALITY is that most lenses are more than adequate for most photographers. Often the differences are minute ...people like to argue the differences, but the reality is that your technique is far more important than your gear. Whatever choice you make.......make it then go shooting and enjoy the thing, because the lens/camera combo is likely better than most photographers :-)
I have always used Nikon lenses and cameras, but let a fast talking salesman get me to buy Sigma lens for my D70. The results were not the same I was getting from my other Nikon set-up, so I switched to a Nikon 18-200 and the changes in clarity, etc. were pretty drastic.
I would stay with Nikon if you can afford the difference in cost.
Stay away from quantaray....it's like buying a pair of shoes from payless shoe source as opposed from the Nike. There is a difference and in this case you do get what you pay for.
Nikon lenses tend to be superior however I do not agree that all 3rd party lenses are useless or inferior. I use a Tamron 28-300mm with my D70 and get wonderful results. It was a great 400 dollar investment. Some old timers prefer primes, but I like the flexibility of a zoom so I can take candid shots. Quantaray and Tokina are low end. But I think Sigma and Tamron are good middle of road quality lenses. I have a buddy who uses Sigma 50-500mm at sporting events and gets great shots.
Agreed with the above - some 3rd party lenses are worth using. Consider for example the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, which (although these comments and reviews aren't the most scientific) seems to have very satisfied customers:
Quantaray lenses are manufactured by sigma. They are not sigma's high end lenses by any means. I've tried Sigma lenses, and did not get the quality that I typically see from my Nikkor's
You are right -- Quantaray lenses are manufactured by Sigma for Ritz Camera. I actually have a few of them for my Canon EOS cameras, but prefer the Canon (or even Tamron) lenses myself. I have found Quantaray has a stickier mechanism (zoom and focus) than other lenses (even than Sigma.)
I have a Nikon D50 with a Quantaray 70-300. I have gotten very good results with action shots. I paid $179 for this lens while the 200mm Nikon was over $229. I agree with the other response, its your style that makes the pictures great.
I tried a Nikon 55-200 lens but was unhappy with the auto-focus. It was quick and silent WHEN it focused, but much of the time it refused to even try to focus when the button was pressed half way.
I found a Tamron 28-300 on Ebay, from Cord Camera, for a buy-it-now of $159! (new, and they have additional lenses listed) I just received it, and am very pleased with it's operation. The zoom is smooth, the focus, though loud enough to be noticable and a little slower than the Nikon, has worked every time I've tried it. I only got it a few hours ago, so I haven't taken a lot of pictures with it yet, but the ones so far look good to me. (and that's what counts, right? )
I have a D70 with uploaded D70s software (ask your local dealer - it takes a few minutes
I have no experience of Quanteray but much experiencewith Nikon, go with the Nikon for sharpness, colour and reliability. Many good used versions for great prices on ebay, take a lookat the attached file taken with Nikon.
If you want to use Quantajunk or any other third party lens... You don't need to spend money on Nikon D SLR's. You would be better of using a Chinon Film camera with Chinar lens. Its kind of like putting 87 Octane in my Corvette instead of Premium... Yes it will run but not at optimum performance