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Please HELP!! Tamron vs Quantaray

 
#1VOLFAN
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Dec 11, 2007 13:00 |  #1

I own a Canon 20D w/ 1 lens (Canon 18-55) and a Canon 580 EX speedlight. I wanted a new lens for my birthday and after much research, decided on the Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 AF Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro. My husband went to Wolf Camera to buy the lens and they sold him a "better" and more expensive Quantaray 18-200 mm OS DI 3.5-6.3. I have until Friday to return the Quantaray if I want. I've been doing more research on lenses over the last few days than I ever have and I'm more lost than ever before! Which of these lenses is better or am I totally off the mark and there's another lens I need to be looking at?


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Dec 11, 2007 13:08 |  #2

I don't own either. But all I've read, the Quantaray is a house brand for Wolf, Ritz, etc. I don't think it compares to the Tamron. Sounds like your husband got talked into it by a slick salesman. I'd say take it back and get what you actually wanted, but that's just my opinion...


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Dec 11, 2007 13:13 |  #3

Canon announced and probably will fill distribution channels with a 55-200 IS lens early next year. Some folks have already received the new companion "kit lens" 18-55 IS.
I would return it and wait for the Canon 55-200 IS.
IS would be most helpful at the far end and it would be a perfect match up to your existing kit lens.
On the other hand...who knows who is making the 18-200 OS Quanteray? for Ritz. Could be Tamron or Sigma???
But with the Canon 55-200 IS...you know it is Canon with their design/warranty.


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Dec 11, 2007 13:15 as a reply to  @ Laramie's post |  #4

I didn't know Quantaray made image stabilization lenses.. not to mention they named it as OS of Sigma. Is that legal?

But back to the topic, I would return it ASAP.


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Dec 11, 2007 13:16 |  #5

Sounds like the Sigma 18-200mm OS. Ritz often rebrands Sigma products as Quantaray. In which case that's a great utility lens. You give up quality for the flexibility but there are many people on this board that really enjoy this lens. Anything in the neighborhood of 200+mm would benefit from an OS. I would imagine the Tamron would be fairly difficult to use without sufficient lighting at the long end.


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Dec 11, 2007 13:17 |  #6

In short, I would choose the Sigma(quantaray) 18-200mm OS over the Tamron equivalent. So IMHO, you have a nice lens even though it's rebranded.


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Dec 11, 2007 13:20 |  #7

The Quantaray is a private label lens built for them under contract by who-knows-whom, according to specifications from Quantaray to who-knows-what-quality levels! They have little track record other than the moms and pops who fall prey to fast talking retailers. Ever notice that the brand is in the chain discount stores, and the big photography specialist stores don't carry them usually?

Sears Kenmore is a private label built for them by different reputable manufacturers to Sears specifications, and we know the products are generally good due to their long track record. Same concept, but a different level of quality!

Rodenstock and Schneider (both major quality large format lens companies) make private label lenses, too. But generally the products are an older optical formula, and they might not have the same lens coatings as their more expensive brethren. The fact that it is made by the same company is NOT a guarantee of the same level of quality!


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Dec 11, 2007 13:31 |  #8

I'd return the Quantaray. Wolf was pushing it because it's their "house brand", not because of any actual superiority. However, unless you're seriously averse to carrying around 2 lenses, I'd look at getting a new lens that complements, rather than overlaps, your current 18-55. For one thing, extreme zoom-range lenses are much harder to correct (thus give worse quality images) than lenses with shorter zoom ranges. For not too much more than the Quantaray, you could get Canon's 70-200 f/4 L, which is 2 or 3 cuts above either of the two you're looking at, plus a constant maximum f/4 throughout its zoom range. That means 1-1/3 stops faster at maximum zoom. Just don't buy it at Ritz - go to B&H (external link).


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Dec 11, 2007 14:08 |  #9

The salesman at Wolf told my husband that the Quantaray was made by Sigma and was basically the same lens that bears the Sigma name but just for a cheaper price. I'm assuming now that this isn't true? Also, Jon, I like the idea of not overlapping the lens but will I miss the 55-70 range that I'm losing?


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Dec 11, 2007 18:37 |  #10

I've been told that Q by Sigma uses inferior glass to the Sigma lenses. Don't recall where I heard it, but I would never by a Q lens, probably wouldn't take a free one (unless I really needed it), as the build quality always felt so bad.


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Dec 11, 2007 18:55 |  #11

#1VOLFAN wrote in post #4484047 (external link)
The salesman at Wolf told my husband that the Quantaray was made by Sigma and was basically the same lens that bears the Sigma name but just for a cheaper price. I'm assuming now that this isn't true? Also, Jon, I like the idea of not overlapping the lens but will I miss the 55-70 range that I'm losing?

Do you know how to tell if a salesman is lying? His lips are moving..... ;)

Seriously, Wolf (and their sister Ritz) is NOT the place to be buying decent photo equipment.

Take the lens back and get a refund. Then, deal with the places that have a reputation for being a quality vendor - places like B&H, Adorama, and a few others like them.


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Dec 11, 2007 18:58 |  #12
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#1VOLFAN wrote in post #4484047 (external link)
The salesman at Wolf told my husband that the Quantaray was made by Sigma and was basically the same lens that bears the Sigma name but just for a cheaper price. I'm assuming now that this isn't true? Also, Jon, I like the idea of not overlapping the lens but will I miss the 55-70 range that I'm losing?

The salesman at Wolf was blowing smoke up your husband's a$$ because he wants to maximize profit margins. Period.

If it were me, and I wanted a couple of really decent lenses for hobby shooting, I'd get the Tamron 17-50 and the Sigma 70-200. And no, you won't miss the 50-70 range. Use your feet to zoom.



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Dec 11, 2007 19:02 |  #13

Yeah... the store name says it all. I remember when I was in the market for my first SLR a few years ago... I went into Ritz and they were $100 more than B&H for the camera I wanted. The salesman was actually trying to talk me out of it by pointing me at a Nikon N something. (yeah film). The feature he was showing off and claimed was exclusive to Nikon SLR's was what we Canon users have enjoyed as AI Servo AF. sheesh. Then I went in to get a battery grip for my Rebel T2. New salesman said, "Oh it's special order item, and it'll cost $140.00 and will take 3 weeks to come it". I said no this is for the Rebel T2 not the Rebel XT... he double checked and yeah, that's the grip for the T2 he says. I said to him, that I could get it in 4 days and it'll be less than $50.00... He scoffed and told me I was dreaming. 4 days later I brought my box from Adorama in and my invoice... and he just stood there looking like the idiot he was, and I said, "yeah, that's pretty much what I thought"... and haven't been in a Ritz/Wolf store since.


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Dec 11, 2007 20:17 |  #14

The specifications on the Ritz site are identical to the specs on the Sigma site, so I assume this lens is built for Ritz/Wolf by Sigma. However, we have no way of knowing if the quality specs are the same. Perhaps Ritz/Sigma accepts a wider tolerance band that could affect performance. Who knows? The only other difference I noted is that, according to the Ritz site, no lens hood is included. The price is listed as $529.99 while the Sigma is $549 at B&H.


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Dec 11, 2007 21:31 |  #15

I've never heard of Quantary lenses being compared to much of anything of quality. I do buy their "Tamron knock off" lens caps though.


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