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05-30-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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Is this lens a keeper?

Hey I have this Quantaray lens that has been laying around the house and I have been playing with it a little.
I cannot find any info on it in here so I figured I would post it.
There really isn't anything physically wrong with it other than it needs to be cleaned.
The zoom ring has a little play in it but not really noticeable in day to day use, the aperture thing is snappy and clean, and the lens is in general good condition, has anybody have any experience with this lens? and if so is it really worth hanging on to?
Be honest now because I will just toss it in the garbage and it wouldnt bother me at all.
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Are you sure this is a Pentax mount lens? I can find reference to a Quantaray 28-85 f3.5-4.5 for Nikon and Minolta but nothing for Pentax.

Quantaray generally does not have a high reputation and they do not sell for much used on eBay compared to brand lenses. But the only way to really know is to try it on your camera. If it takes pictures you are happy with then it is a 'good' lens.
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Are you sure this is a Pentax mount lens? I can find reference to a Quantaray 28-85 f3.5-4.5 for Nikon and Minolta but nothing for Pentax.

Quantaray generally does not have a high reputation and they do not sell for much used on eBay compared to brand lenses. But the only way to really know is to try it on your camera. If it takes pictures you are happy with then it is a 'good' lens.
Yep I have it on my camera right now(K-x) and have taken some shots with it, I was just wondering what folks in here thought about it.
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Labeled Quanaray, it might be a cheap Sigma, or it might be from any of many 3rd-party lensmakers. As jatrax said, it ain't worth much. If you like its character (flaws), keep it. Or hang onto it for a couple more years and it might be worth something. I had a Canon FD version that I bought for US$6 and sold 2 years later for US$20. But don't expect much from it. This is what I consider an 'expendable' lens, one whose destruction won't hurt too much.

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Labeled Quanaray, it might be a cheap Sigma, or it might be from any of many 3rd-party lensmakers. As jatrax said, it ain't worth much. If you like its character (flaws), keep it. Or hang onto it for a couple more years and it might be worth something. I had a Canon FD version that I bought for US$6 and sold 2 years later for US$20. But don't expect much from it. This is what I consider an 'expendable' lens, one whose destruction won't hurt too much.
Ha ha I just love that response, I havent been very impressed with the image quaility although the lens feels nice in the hands.
My Sigma 28~80mm macro f:3.5 take way better quality images than this lens.
I was just pondering this lens and thinking it might just be me that really doesn't like the IQ
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You just *might* be able to *sell* it for the cost of shipping (give it away), but I doubt you'd be able to get anything past that.
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I might just pull a McGuyver and take it apart and make something useful out of it lol
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If you ever thought of trying your hand at DIY lens repair this might be a good one to experiment with. Or if you ever want to sell a camera body though that lens on so the new owner can use the camera right away. Lots of possibilities before you just toss it.

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If you ever thought of trying your hand at DIY lens repair this might be a good one to experiment with. Or if you ever want to sell a camera body though that lens on so the new owner can use the camera right away. Lots of possibilities before you just toss it.
Ya I do have a few film bodies I got with my Tamron and Sigma lenses, I just might slap that lens on one of those bodies and put it on Craigslist
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
I had a Canon FD version that I bought for US$6 and sold 2 years later for US$20.
Haha, 233% profit, if you had bought 1000 of those FD, some of the DA* & DA ltds could be covered.
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Haha, 233% profit, if you had bought 1000 of those FD, some of the DA* & DA ltds could be covered.
I just checked. I've had 16 FD's that cost an average of ~US$11 each and sold for ~US$31 each, say ~US$340 profit after eBay fees last year. Which DA* & DA ltds can I get for that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
I just checked. I've had 16 FD's that cost an average of ~US$11 each and sold for ~US$31 each, say ~US$340 profit after eBay fees last year. Which DA* & DA ltds can I get for that?
This March, I was in St. Thomas, and the Royal Caribbean jewelry store had the DA 21mm Ltd for $325 USD, new with warranty. I bought one, there was still one left. Book your flight now, maybe its still there.
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16 FD's that cost an average of ~US$11 each and sold for ~US$31 each, say ~US$340
17 FD=1 DA40 (BH price $360)
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
I just checked. I've had 16 FD's that cost an average of ~US$11 each and sold for ~US$31 each, say ~US$340 profit after eBay fees last year. Which DA* & DA ltds can I get for that?
Wow, that's not too shabby. Most FD stuff is worth about $6 a truckload, delivered, nowadays.
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QuoteOriginally posted by BirdDude007 Quote
I might just pull a McGuyver and take it apart and make something useful out of it lol
You could also pull a 'will it blend?', or save it for a day you just want to throw something. That could get messy though.

You could leave it somewhere on a table, and when someone is around accidentally knock it off to get a reaction. That would pay for itself again and again!
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