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for those camera enthusiasts

what do you think of this lense? How is the price on it

I have a Elan 7 from Canon and a 28-90mm lense now.

Anybody use Quantaray? How is the quality

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

Bubba,
I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and in this case, I am sure it's true. I have a 70-200 2.8L lens from canon, and a 70-300 Tamron. The canon cost about 8 times what the Tamron costs, but the quality is exponential. In my case the tamron is bearable up to about 200mm, and then it just goes completely soft.. I can't imagine the Quantaray would be any better. Why don't you take your camera down to a ritz pop that baby on, and snap a few test shots. Any respectable camera store will let you do this..
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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

skip the quantarray crap, seriously...

If you want a zoom in that focal range and in a similar price range, still stick with canon, get a USM focusing motor and I think they have an IS version, though I don't know the cost...

I'd skip the quantarray though... I had a "pro level" Tokina and I loved it. So I'm not a canon snob, but you definitly do get what you pay for...

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

thanks guys.

i never heard of them and i guess that is why. I am just starting out so any camera advice is welcomed with open arms

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

I've been a Canon shooter since my Dad's AV-1. I've owned too many lenses from too many brands. The conclusion I've reached is that if you're into this for the long term, buy lenses as an investment.

My EOS L-series lenses have been in use since my Elan all the way to my present day 10D with many camera bodies in between. Yeah, the L series lenses were expensive to begin with but I've been off the upgrade bandwagon since I got them and therefore saved a lot of money and time in the long run.

The lens takes the picture in film cameras, the body is just a glorified black box, buy the best lenses you can afford.
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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

Which brings me to a small thread hijack.

I just got myself a Nikon FA SLR with a Nikkor 35~105 lens. (Not the greatest of lens, but it does macro and zoom in one....)

Anyway, are there any good forums for photography discussion? I already am trying photo.net, but havne't really done much, except lurk.

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Anyway, are there any good forums for photography discussion? I already am trying photo.net, but havne't really done much, except lurk.
Photo.net is the place to be. The knowledge of that crew is tops.

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

Bubba, the lense is the most important part of the camera. Pictures can only be as sharp as the lense through which they pass. By skimping on the lense, you really destroy all your photo's taken through it.

It is by far better to have a cheap body and a good lense than vice versa.

Remember, these things last for decades and will hold their value well enough.

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

Bubba,
Take a look at Sigma lenses. You can pick up a Sigma 70-200 F/2.8 for around $600-700 that is an excellent piece of equipment. I like the Sigma stuff and their EX line-up is every good as Canon's stuff, IMO.

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

I had no idea that lenses cost that much, i knew they were costly - but DAYUM.

i wwant to buy it before heading to hawaii and to use at track days

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

so - where is a good place to buy lenses - Ritz, Wolf, - both are seen in the malls across America. Is there an internet place that has good deals and is reliable?

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

Heh! Check out the regular Canon L lenses....you're talking thousands of $$$.

Check out Ebay. I've purchased a couple of lenses from there are great prices and they were brand new (about $100 less than Ritz)

Sigma has a new 120-300 f/2.8 that you can find for about $1600 or so on Ebay brand new. That would make for a very nice trackday lens I want one....bad.

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

120-300

70-200

Both of those are completed auctions but that is what you want to look for.

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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

Had no idea they cost that much?? These are like bikes, you can pretty much pay whatever you want and get something. My 70-200 2.8 ran about $1600, and was worth every penny. NH, I know you like sigma, but when it comes down to it, Canon L glass is the shiznit.. You pay, but hey, nothings for free.

Bubba, one more thing to consider. Like it has been said, buy for the long run, but here's another angle on that. When you pick up and start using digital, you will find it to be less forgiving than film, and this is where a good lens really pays off. Shooting digital is more like shooting chrome than regular film. It's a lot more sensitive to different lighting conditions. Bad glass makes this even worse. Look in your local classifieds as well if ebay isn't your bag, or check with your local camera store. You can find some good deals on used items. People are switching systems, or going digital and dumping a lot of gear to either raise cash, or just switch brands. It's worth it in the long run..
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Re: for those camera enthusiasts

Oh, no doubt Canon L's are awesome pieces of equipment. I would not even to think of arguing the point. For me, Sigma's EX line-up is perfect. They're a LOT cheaper and I don't see any difference between the two. That's just me and my opinion, though, that when asked I will share. Someday when I am a famous and wealthy photographer I will own a bunch of L series lenses just cuz. Until then, I will buy Sigma EX.

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