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Old May 23, 2012, 1:35 PM   #1
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Default Dancing With The Stars Winners in Times Square

These photos of the Dancing With The Stars winners were taken today in Times Square. Last night was the finals. My wife and I are fans of the show.










I am also now a fan of Quantaray.

I had just purchased a used Quantaray 18-200mm for my Sony A550 yesterday. Price was $90 at B&H which rates the lens as 8+ on a scale of 10. I thought I couldn't believe I'll be buying an all-around, walk-around lens for this little money.

Before buying, I searched online and saw an overwhelming number negative comments on the lens, some returning after buying, and some saying Quantarays are cheap and rebadged for a reason and so stay away from them.

What I couldn't find online was someone saying what I think is an equally wise business decision which is to penetrate the lower-priced market with the same quality products but under a different name.

So I purchased the lens knowing that B&H offers a full money back guarantee within 30 days. But I think I'll keep the lens. (And sell an old 28-200mm lens on eBay.) For opportunities like celebrity-spotting in NYC, the Quantaray 18-200mm covers a wide zoom range and (especially at the price I paid) can't be beat.

Thank you for looking. C&C welcome. The photos were processed as follows:

1) Adobe Camera RAW to remove purple fringing.
2) Topaz DeNoise to reduce noise before any processing.
3) Topaz Adjust to enhance detail and saturation.
4) Topaz DeNoise (again) to smoothen skin roughened by Topaz Adjust.
5) Photoshop CS5 to enhance brightness and effect vignettes.
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Old May 24, 2012, 4:48 PM   #2
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Katherine Jenkins.....
Nice colourful shots- not bad for a $90 lens...!
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Old May 24, 2012, 8:35 PM   #3
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Quantaray lenses are made by Sigma and is the house brand of Ritz Camera. I used a 70-300mm on a Pentax with excellent results (as I would have expected from a Sigma).

Nice captures of the celebreties
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Old May 24, 2012, 9:39 PM   #4
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Thank you, SIMON40, Wingman.

Yes, the lens is definitely a keeper. It feels light, too, light enough to carry around as a second lens, unlike some of my other lenses that are heavy and like carrying around a bottle of ketchup that I never get to use...




#13) I have 3 shots like this in succession where Lara never changed her pose. I'm guessing maybe she saw me and was happy that I'm taking her picture just kidding.
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