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steven vu , Mar 07, 2000; 05:36 p.m.

Hi, Is anyone heard of Quantaray Filters? Are they great,ok,or bad? I know Quantaray filters are much cheaper than other brands, but the quality may be a question.



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Ellis Vener , Mar 07, 2000; 06:14 p.m.

They suck. One ofthe reasons good filters like Nikon, Canon, B+W, Heliopan cost as much as they do is the materials and engineering put into the mounts as well as the glass. Buy on the basis of a cheap price alone and you get what you pay for. Spend more money and you get better glass, better coating, better materials in the mounts, and a better bargain in the long run.

Mike R , Mar 07, 2000; 07:23 p.m.

I'm sure the more expensive filters are superior to the Quantarays in certain situations, even though I think you are partially just paying for the name. I've had & used a couple of Quantary 81b filters for about 7-8 years now, and have been perfectly satified with the results - but them I'm not one who tries to impress someone with the brand of equipment I use. It also depends on how you are going to use the filters. I'm sure the more expensive ones are much better at handling flare than the cheaper ones due to the multicoating. I typically don't use any when flare could be a problem since filters tend to enhance the problem.

Antonio Quinones , Mar 07, 2000; 11:40 p.m.

I have a Quantaray polarizer on a 50 mm Nikon lens and am quite satisfied with the results. Of course, that is a subjective evaluation. In the end, your satisfaction is what counts here. More expensive filters may last longer but if you scan the photo.net threads on filters you will find that many photographers use filters to protect the lens and that these filters get discarded as soon as they are damaged (as they probably should). I suspect you will find it easier to put at risk and possibly discard a $15 Quantaray polarizer than one that costs $50 or more.

By the way, the reason I ended up buying a Quantaray polarizer is that after I bought a Tiffen brand polarizer (back in November 99) I found that it was missing the outer thread/ring. I could not put a hood or even a lens cap on the filter. I tried to exchange the filter at my local shop but, to our collective surprise, all their 52mm polarizers had the same defect! I called Tiffen and guess what...their technical rep told me they knew a batch of defective filters had made it past their checks. Well, the Quantaray filters were available and cheap. And they work. The bottom line is I am quite satisfied with my Quantaray filter. No regrets here.


Dan Smith , Mar 08, 2000; 01:00 a.m.

Quantaray filters are a great way to turn a nice lens into a piece of junk. I think Quantaray is aramaic/reformed egyption for crap.(Nope, I am not opinionated) If you spend the money on a good lens, why are you going to put a cheap stamped piece of glass in front of it? Use Tiffen, Hoya, Heliopan or B+W and/or the specific filters put out by the maker of your lenses and get the best they are capable of. While a lot may not notice much or any difference in the images when using these cheapies, it does show up much quicker than with good filters on the lenses. But, as some say, they aren't picky. When you are concerned with quality, choose filters capable of delivering it.

andrew schank , Mar 08, 2000; 02:04 a.m.

The main problem with filters like the Quantaray you speak of is that they are house brands that get made by the lowest bidder. I worked in a camera store for many years when I was younger, and the dealer net on some of those $15.00 filters was only 2 or 3 bucks. I'm not sure who is making them these days, but quality control ends up being a problem. (some filters OK, others not optically flat, binding in ring, etc.) I remember looking at several filters and finding a few that had noticeable distortion as you waved them in front of your eye. I actually love these great names they come up with for cheap filters, what is a Quanta-ray anyway? My favorite all time name for cheap photo accesories was the brand name "Prinz"-which actually sounds like to the noise cheap things make when they fall apart.

Neal Vaughan , Mar 08, 2000; 02:32 a.m.

Gee, since I periodically work at Ritz, I must defend the corp. to an extent here... "They suck."

Hey, Im not claiming that they are the best filters, but for those not being able to afford lee/hitech/B+W/Nikon, they are a good alternative, and Im not just saying that as a defense for the corp. The filters are seriously not that bad. If I needed to do a critical freelance job where color balancing was concerned, i wouldnt use them. Who would? They are not intended to be used in that way. Cmon, ellis, have you tried them personally?

"The main problem with filters like the Quantaray you speak of is that they are house brands that get made by the lowest bidder."

You flat out dont know what you are talking about. Work for the corp, then tell me how we contract out our filters. We dont buy them from the "lowest bidder."

"I actually love these great names they come up with for cheap filters, what is a Quanta-ray anyway?

I hate the name just as much as the next guy, but the name has a meaning. Ray enterprises is corporation that buys, sells, and markets quantaray products for us. They contract out the work, we buy em. Its basically one of ritz self standing corporations. I was told at one time was the Quant part was, but I dont remember anymore. Quality? I dont remember...

"If you spend the money on a good lens, why are you going to put a cheap stamped piece of glass in front of it? Use Tiffen..."

Well, Tiffen aint exactly the best either. The last 3 filters I have bought from them have resulted in low contrast, flare, and two of them have visible defects in the glass. Rarely have I seen that in quantaray products, though it does happen.

Chuck Fan , Mar 08, 2000; 03:40 p.m.

Quantaray filters are generally coated. Standard Tiffens are generally not coated. So it's not surprising if flare or poor contrast afflict Tiffen more than Quantaray. However, a casual visual inspection suggest Quantaray coating is less effective than Hoya's basic coating and far less effective than Hoya's HMC coating. Hold the filter above a light table and look the reflected image of the table on the filter. In Hoya's HMC filters, the reflection is a very subdued and greenish tinted. In standard Hoya, the reflection is fairly bright and slightly purplish tinted. In the few quantaray filters I've tried, the reflection is brighter still, while in tiffens, the reflections are very bright indeed.

Bill Moore , Mar 08, 2000; 08:12 p.m.

Here's a thought, How many people use, and are satisfied with Cokin and other plastic filters? It would seem that almost any new, undamaged glass filter would be better than the plastic ones. Yet I have used lots of resin filters and found them to be satisfactory. I also have a few Quantaray filters that have worked well. Results are what count. If you are happy with the final product, any brand of filter will do the job.

Jeffrey Rodgers , Mar 13, 2000; 03:10 p.m.

I have two Quataray filters: a linear polarized, and a yellow for black & white. I've been happy with the yellow, but have noticed a color cast (rose) when using the polarized filter. I'm convinced that using fewer, but better quality filters is best. Can anyone suggest a good polarized filter? My camera doesn't require a "circularly" polarized (the one I have now is linear), but should I use one anyway? Steven, if you are new to using filters, you might try the affordable Quantaray filters to learn with, but you will soon want better and the cost of the lower quality filter could have gone towards a better one. Try to narrow down the number of filters you want and get the best ones you can. I have decided to limit my collection to three: polarized, "warming" and a yellow-green for B & W. Anyone want a used Quantaray polarized filter?

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