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11-19-2009, 11:00 AM   #1
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Quantaray 100-300

I am assembling a used kit for my daughter. This will be a Christmas gift and her first DSLR. I already have purchased a *istDS and a DA L 18-55mm lens.

I just sent payment for a used Quantaray 100-300mm, I wanted her to have a long lens also. I'm a bit concerned about it because I see mixed reviews. Some say its a piece o crap, others says it great for the money. I know you get what you pay for but is this a good beginner's lens? is it that some examples are good and some are not?

I will encourage her to upgrade as soon as she can, but I dont want her crippled right out of the gate.

11-19-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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If it's the f/4.5-6.7 model, it's a mixed bag. That was my first tele- let me relate my experiences with it.

Pros:
-long reach
-cheap
-small

cons:
-slow autofocus (both mechanically and at the long zoom doesn't let in a whole lot of light, so the af hunts a lot)
-slow max aperture
-soft at the long end until f/9ish (ok, you really need to stop it down at least half a stop at every length)

So it may be a good lens to start out with, but if price is the same, I'd get one of the myriad 70-300's or 50-200s, as they're probably better lenses. I haven't done a shootout with my 50-200, but that's because I haven't used it in years. I'd be interested to see a comparison to your 55-300 once you get it.
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Actually, I got impatient and ordered a Pentax 50-200mm. Now she will have two authentic kit lenses with her kit.

I will sell the Quantaray when it arrives.
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