D700 and My $45 Quantaray Lens

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A few months ago, I picked up a $45 rough condition fast lens with glass in good shape. I don't think I've ever seen another one, it's a Quantaray 28mm f/1.8; I posted some more info and pics of it here: https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=236648

Well, I was curious about how it would do on the D700, here's the 3rd shot taken with the camera - ISO220, 1/30th, f/1.8


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I'm pretty happy with that :D and indoors, this $45 QR lens and my ~$100 50mm 1.8 are going to be a pretty tough 'budget' 1-2 lens punch for me.


A couple more... this one was handheld over / behind my shoulder, ISO6400, f/1.8, 1/30th, of course no VR and no noise reduction, it was dark night outside, no exposure compensation or edits:

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Sunset Yukon shot, ISO200, f/3.5, 1/100th

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in shot #2 how are you going 34MPH and 0RPM and check engine? did you blow the motor while driving to take this shot?

looks odd to me... but nice lens tho for $45!
 
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in shot #2 how are you going 34MPH and 0RPM and check engine? did you blow the motor while driving to take this shot?

looks odd to me... but nice lens tho for $45!
LOL.....maybe an inop tach is causing the C/E light to come on.

I am going to NY tomorrow and toying with the idea of bringing my 28-80g $40 lens. I was going to do just the Sigma 50mm 1.4, as I wanted to do just one walk around lens, but the lure of the cheap plastic is calling me.
 
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Ha! lol good questions :)

The SES light has been on ever since the cat has been off. :sneaky:

And the tach and temp leads were broken at some point. I don't worry about the gas too much (reference some of my vids for proof http://www.youtube.com/yukonsneaky), although my Z06 does get better mpg than the Yukon :biggrin:

Speaking of blown motors, check out this article I wrote about the latest saga in with my Z06:
http://www.planetlsx.com/tech/Electron_Blew_Z___Part_1/90
 
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You own a Z06 and you're giving us pics of an SUV?!?!?

Nice work keeping Detroit in business :wink:

:biggrin:

Ok, here's one of the Z

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Another example of Quantaray low cost excellence on a D700:
24 f/2.8
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Uncle Pug that is AWESOME!!!!!


Here's a few more from a birthday dinner last night, shot in a VERY DARK restaurant at f/1.8, ISO6400, no flash, handheld, etc.


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DOF was a little too shallow on some of them, but I was happy with how they turned out for non-flash casual pics.
 
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Amazing low light stuff!

Those are inspiring John! I think I need to get the Quantaray out of the drawer and onto the camera... it might just be the kick I need to get rolling.

I definitely would like to have 1.8 but sadly :sniff: my 24 is a lowly 2.8
 
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6400 is just gorgeous in all of these shots.

John, I see you have a V1 in your truck... I have a couple for my cars :smile:
 
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6400 is just gorgeous in all of these shots.

John, I see you have a V1 in your truck... I have a couple for my cars :smile:

Thanks ya'll!

And yep, AOME - the V1 has been a partner of mine for probably 15+ years now. I have extra mounts in the Z06 and SUV's and just put it in whatever car I'm driving. It's not a 100% failsafe but definitely wouldn't want to be without it....
 

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