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Great but fairly heavy do-everything lens
The 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ("28-300", for short) is an all-around excellent lens for probably every possible occasion, despite its relatively heavy weight. This is the reason...Read complete review
The 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ("28-300", for short) is an all-around excellent lens for probably every possible occasion, despite its relatively heavy weight. This is the reason why you pay for Nikon glass over other brands, and why it's worth it. . First of all, this lens is fairly heavy, and if you walk around with this lens attached to the camera, moreso with the camera's relatively thin neck-strap, you'll feel its weight around your neck, and probably instinctively (as I've done and still do) cradle the lens with one hand to bear some/most of its weight to take some of it off of your neck. The advantage is that this one lens can replace several lenses, and obviate the need to carry any additional lenses, or worse, a second camera-body plus lens, if you do that to not need to hot-swap lenses on-the-fly. In fact, the only likely need for any additional lens would be for ultra-wide shots or specialty uses (extremely fast lens for low-light action shots, etc.). The only other lens I carry in my bag is the feather-light but optically superb 18-55mm kit-lens that came with my D3000, when I want wide landscape shots. . This is a full-frame (FX) lens, so it can be used on any DX/FX body, including film(!), not just DX bodies such as my D3000 or D7000. That 1.5x crop factor makes it effectively a 42-450mm lens on DX bodies. That being said, I can't gauge corner-to-corner sharpness, color-fringes, or vignetting, so I'll leave that to those who have an FX/full-frame camera body to test. But on even DX cameras, optical quality is amazingly crisp and clear. . I have a sample shot of a dragonfly, shown first as-is, simply resized to 800x536 for easy comparison, and second as a 100% crop (also to 800x536) of some extraordinary detail. Both photos are, other than the aforementioned resizing and cropping, respectively, right out of the tin, *ZERO* post-processing. No adjustments, sharpening, *ANYTHING*. Note the detail around the bug's face, the probably 1-pixel-wide "hairs". The (handheld) shot was taken approximately 3' away at full-zoom of 300mm, f/8, ISO-400, 1/400sec, -0.3EV compensation, on my lowly D3000. Graininess at ISO-400 on my D3000 is readily apparent in the 100% crop, but that's due to the 3k's sensor, *not* the lens. With the amazing clarity of this lens, you can take shots and crop-zoom the shot to unheard-of extremes to make, say, a shot of a full moon look as if it were taken at 1000mm or more. . For most peoples' uses, taking photos of friends, kids, dogs, parties, plus the occasional landscapes, close-ups of flowers, etc., the kit-lens which comes with the camera, such as the 18-55mm which comes with the D3000, or 18-105mm which comes with the D7000, will cover the majority of those shots admirably. But I chase birds around, and while I still love the 55-200mm telephoto which I also got with my 3k as an add-on, I just wanted a little more "reach". I considered various lenses, but I was sold on the review of the 28-300 by a rather well-known person, and decided to get one. . Again, aside from those infrequent wide-angle landscape shots I'd want (where the feather-light 18-55 fits in wonderfully), the over 10:1 zoom range of the 28-300, to me unheard of, would and should cover probably all my shooting needs. And I absolutely was not disappointed. In fact, it serves so many shooting types, from fairly wide-angle landscapes, to extreme zooms of distant objects and critters, to all types of pseudo-macro shots of buds and bugs. It became my default carry-with lens at all times, despite the weight. The 18-105 kit-lens of the 7k is so much lighter, even with its nearly 6:1 zoom ratio, but for the sheer utility of the 28-300, I gladly lug around all that extra weight. . VR2 is, in a word, fantastic. I recently took some rather long-distance skyline shots between 100mm and 120mm, and even at 1/4sec handheld shots (!!), was able to get some astoundingly steady shots that looked almost as if taken on a tripod when viewed fullsize, ie, at the pixel-level. Granted, it took a dozen or so shots and cherrypicking the steadiest shots of the lot, but just that it was possible at all was and is amazing. I haven't taken statistical samples of how many stops improvement I gain, but 2-3 full stops is easily achievable. . Action is universally smooth, from zooming from one extreme to the other, to the focussing ring when focussing manually. The 28mm lock does come in rather handy when the lens dangles downward hanging around your neck. With jiggling, it can "zoom in" (ie, extend towards 300mm) on its own from its own weight and become a pendulum, so the lock keeps the lens in-place when fully retracted. It may not be a necessity, but it is a nicety. I've gotten to use it similar to a car's parking-brake, engaging it out of habit, and it becomes second-nature in short order. . Distortion such as barrelling and pincushioning are there, but largely negligible and unnoticeable, at least on a DX camera, even at either extreme of the zoom range. Unless you routinely take photos of picket fences or brick walls, you're unlikely to notice any of either kind of distortion, even if looking for it. . Autofocus speed depends largely on the camera, I imagine. It's acceptable on my 3k, and would sometimes hunt in the wrong direction if the 3k got confused, but is spot-on and scary-fast on my 7k. . All in all, the 28-300 is a fairly heavy lens but well worth the extra weight if you want or need "reach" out to 300mm, and don't want to carry a second lens for wider shots, or v/v if you have your kit-lens but don't want to carry a second lens such as a 70-300 for longer-distance shots. The 18-200 might suit your needs as a do-all single lens solution if you don't need that 300mm reach, but if you do, the 28-300 is perfect as a single daily-carry lens. And if you still need something for those wider shots, the feather-light and optically-superb 18-55 is perfect, else consider a 10-24 or some low-mm prime lens to throw in your pocket. Whatever you'd decide, if you get the 28-300, you'll very soon wonder how you ever got along without it. . The ability to go from a 28mm wide-angle "Wow, what a gorgeous sunset!" shot to a 300mm extreme-zoom "Look at that bird!!" shot with just a split-second flick of the wrist, instead of having to grubble through your bag and then swap lenses -- and more than likely miss the shot completely -- is priceless. . And again, see my sample shots, taken on a "lowly" D3000, high-ISO grain and all from the 3k's sensor notwithstanding, for an example of the kind of crisp shots you can get, even when viewed at the pixel level. Individual hairs on the bug's face are easy to distinguish, barely a pixel-wide each. The more I try to push this lens to its limits, the more impressed with it I become. . Sadly, camera bodies become obsolete or at least obsolescent in just a few years as features improve, but lenses are an investment that will last the better part of a lifetime, and a lens which does as much as this one does and covers such a wide zoom-range (almost 11:1) and has so many uses, and has such incredible optical quality, is well worth that investment to make this a do-all carry-with lens, probably the only lens you'd even need to carry, as long as its extra weight doesn't become an issue.
Most Liked Negative Review
Good all purpose lens for FX or DX.
This lens has average optical quality, but if stopped down to about f/5.6 or f/8, the quality improves a lot more. Smooth zoom action and fast auto focus response. VR works...Read complete review
This lens has average optical quality, but if stopped down to about f/5.6 or f/8, the quality improves a lot more. Smooth zoom action and fast auto focus response. VR works well. Some users find the lens heavy, but I do not. If lens is used carefully and properly, it is a very good all purpose lens. Good travel lens.
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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great lens for a great camera
Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Camera Lens:
I bought this lens when I upgraded from a D90 to the D800 a few months ago. I had been using the 70-300 lens on my D90, and loved it. I researched a lot before buying this lens, and had some concerns about distortion, but decided to buy it for the versatility -- and at the time I did not have a macro lens, so I thought this would be a good substitute. I have not been disappointed. I've taken several thousand shots with this lens, and have since acquired a macro (the 105mm micro Nikkor). Surprisingly, I actually prefer this lens for some macro shots -- particularly moving insects that will not stand still for me to get close with the 105mm lens. There was some adjustment with the FX camera, since the DX D90 multiplies the magnification by 1.5,and I was used to getting more magnification. However, with the D800's 36MP, I can crop and magnify much more than the DX multiplication factor with no loss of resolution at all. There is no more distortion at 28mm than I had at 18 mm on my D90's 18-105 kit lens (which is very little), and I find the pictures at 300 mm to be as sharp as I was getting at 300mm with the 70-300 zoom. The really great thing about this lens is its versatility. When I travel, I no longer have to carry a macro, a close zoom, and a long-range zoom. And I no longer have to change lenses, which reduces sensor dust and saves a tremendous amount of time (and risk of breaking or damaging a lens) changing lenses. I do like the 105mm macro, and it is fantastic for things that I can get close to; but its depth of field is not as good as the 28-300mm lens at the same aperture, and the 6x 300mm advantage is worth having when I don't want to, or can't, get close to the subject. I am sure that the 105mm lens is sharper, but I really cannot tell the difference in practice. It's actually easier to hand-hold the 28-300 up close than the 105, and it focuses a little easier. Since Nikon no longer makes a micro zoom, this is the best alternative. And it is also great at long range at full zoom. I've read several pros who do not like zoom lenses and who talk about framing by walking. That's fine for some situations, but the zoom is by far my preference. Being able to go from wide angle to telephoto with a quality lens on a quality camera means a lot to me. I have hundreds of pictures that are pro quality though I am not a pro, and even though it's the photographer who makes good pictures, the equipment certainly helps! Last but certainly not least, the price is great considering the versatility and range of the lens. Great going, Nikon!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from San Francisco, CA, USA
I have just returned my new 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR for a refund. My experience was so disappointing I asked for a refund rather than a replacement while I reconsider any further investment in Nikon. When the lens arrived I very carefully attempted to attach it to my D700. There was resistance and I thought I must have the threads misaligned, and was concerned I might be cross threading my equipment. I even more carefully removed the lens from the camera â€" examined both pieces very carefully - and even more carefully reattached them â€" it was not a smooth attachment as with my other 4 premium Nikon lenses, (count 1). Once attached, I decided to try it out. I was most disappointed on three additional counts: 1. Auto focus was hit or miss. By this I mean auto focus did not work on a high percentage of attempts. 2. I could achieve focus manually, but on occasions the camera would not fire even when focused manually. 3. My images were not sharp â€" they were fuzzy. When I removed the lens from the camera I had the same uneasy, noisy experience â€" the action was very rough as if the threads were not aligned correctly. The Nikon lens sent to me was a dud in every regard â€" and whether Nikon has a QA problem is for them to determine, but this defective piece of expensive, precision equipment is unacceptable and very disappointing.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
An all-range high quality lens
from El Paso, TX, USA
Iâ€™ve been with Nikon since 1993 and for the first time we now have a â€œfull rangeâ€� zoom for FX format (the 35mm for the old days). What I like is that this lens comes well when you want to â€œtravel lightâ€� and you donâ€™t want to bring all your gear. (If you are a pro or semipro). If you are an advanced amateur is the best option in FX. (You have another options in DX. The internal motor is both silent and fast and the VR feature allows you to take sharp pictures even at 1/125 sec at 300mm hand taken! (With a still subject). The range is very flexible in you can go easy from a group photo at 28mm to a close up just with a few hand movements. My only concern is that if you try portrait the depth of field is high so is not easy to get blurred backgrounds compared vs. the f/2.8 options (80-200mm & 70-200mm) An advantage is that the filter size is 77mm so if you already have pro series gear you can use the Circular Polarizer and the rest of the filters, you really save money with this. What I dislike is the fact that the lens â€œexpandsâ€� as you move from 28mm to 300mm. I prefer the ones that are with a fixed length. Since I can remember all the Nikon (ED rated) are simple the best in class. The colors are true and the definition and sharpness always at the top. They worth the extra bucks! Conclusion, If you are someone interested to jump to the â€œFX-big formatâ€� this is a very good start. And for the pros, this lens is very versatile and still keep many of the features and advantages of the pro gear without sacrificing too much. (speed and depth of field).
(20 of 30 customers found this review helpful)
The most versatile lens in Nikon world
By fnu brawijaya
from Jakarta, Indonesia
I have this lens for over a year, about one month after it has released. This lens is so versatile that I make it to my top best 10 Nikon lens. The first time my friend showed off his lens during one of our photo huntings. He point the lens at about 30cm (1ft) to my face and showed the result on his D3s camera at 300mm. The image is so sharp. Okay, I write it again: 300mm at a distance of 30cm (1ft)!! I was sold immediately and when I got back to my town, I ordered one for me. I have brought this lens to several countries, together with 16-35, 24-70, 70-200 f/2.8, 16mm fisheye, 35mm f/1.4 as my usual whole setup for photo huntings. This lens is however always on my D4 almost all the time. To give you guys the importance of this lens to me, I have almost all recent Nikon lenses up until 400mm f/2.8 VR (except 24mm f/1.4 and 200 f/2), but 28-300mm is the best lenses for me, and for all Nikonians in my photo club. I wrote a little list of my best 10 Nikon lenses in my personal website (no commercial site) http://www.fnubrawijaya.com/berita-153-my-nikon-10-best-lenses.html. I apologize for my broken English. Oh yes, I am more in landscape and street/human interest photography. It is important to have two kind of interest to make our photo hunting worth every time (you cannot take photos during rain).
(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Great clear pleasure
from On travel, actually Mayotte, french island with coral barrier.
Had this lens on the famous D800. Was a big pleasure to shoot in Paris, at tourists having fun in parks . The lens is clear , enough even at 300 mm . For travel its making the majors pics you have to do. Not so heavy and no heavy work to change lens according to the subject. If not satisfied by the accuracy, just work a bit with your laptop and all becomes well. I just need a wide angle beside, i will choose the wonderfull 16 35 VR. Weight will be all right for having a walk and good shoots ! DD.
(23 of 26 customers found this review helpful)
Much better than expected!
Most reviews indicate an extremely useful all around lens with average optical quality. Well, I might have got a good number because the detail obtained on both a D300 and a D800 is impressive, quite superior to the results obtained with 18-200mm, regardless of the camera pixel count. The lens was reported as soft at 300mm. Not mine, which I found at par with the 80-400mm. The VR system appears to be better than the one of most of my lenses. In addition, at 300mm, the lens gives excellent results in the macro range, with an impressive working distance. Fantastic for insects!
(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Nikkor 28-300mm Zoom
I read many reviews on this lens before buying it and I'm happy to say I love the lens. I'm using it with a Nikon D800 and either do the lens correction through the camera menu option or via Photoshop ACR. The lens correction function helps minimize or eliminate CA, vignetting, pincushion, and barrel distortion. I've found the lens to be very sharp with the D800 ---- perhaps a more expensive lens would be sharper, but I'm very happy with the sharpness. I've actually done some indoor shots (without flash) using the VR function and Auto ISO with the ISO ranging from 1200 to 1800. The focus was fast and accurate and sharpness was excellent. Even at 1/30th second, f/8, and ISO 1800 the results were great without a tripod. I try to use the lens at f/5.6 or f/8 since that's where the lens seems to perform best. Most lenses don't perform well wide open, so stopping down roughly two stops is usually a good idea. I haven't tried the lens for action photos, but suspect it's not optimal for that kind of shooting ---- that's not to say you can't use it for that. However, you'd probably be better off using a faster lens like the more expensive f/2.8 70-200mm Nikkor. For what I do, the 28-300 is great. I'd recommend it for general photography and as a convenient extended range zoom for scenic work. My current lens lineup is a 10.5mm f/2.8 DX fish-eye, 16-35mm f/4 VR, old 35-70mm f/2.8, old 85mm f/1.8 manual focus, 50mm f/1.4, and the 28-300mm ----- all Nikon optics. The Nikkor 28-300mm lens isn't perfect, but after a few weeks of use I'd recommend this lens. The only negatives I can think of are the slightly heavy weight, the relatively slow f/3.5 maximum aperture, and the inferior lens hood (it doesn't stay in place and can easily come off the lens).
(27 of 32 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent FX travel lens
By Longstanding Nikon enthusiast
from Litchfield County, CT, USA
Altho' a tad heavy, this is a reasonably compact and very versatile lens that is ideal for travel photography with a D800. No longer do I have to carry multiple lenses when touring with limited time and space; I still carry my AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 for the extreme wide-angle perspective. Among often unmentioned assets is that it uses 77mm filters, the same size used with many of Nikon's best lenses (eg, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8). At its focal-length extremes, it's not quite as sharp or as free from aberrations as one might like, yet its versatility and generally very good image quality make this a fine product.
(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
OK all around lens.
from Merrimack, NH, USA
Compact and light weight compared to my 24-70 f/2.8 or 70-200 f/2.8. This makes it a nice all around lens for traveling. I took it to Hawaii and got some nice shots. However, there is vignetting and some distortion that need to be corrected in post processing. The bokeh is not as nice as my 70-200VR. I don't believe it is a 300mm lens. Photos taken with my 70-200, at 200mm, look identical to this lens at 300mm. So, if you're looking for a nice 28-200mm lens that's light weight and you don't mind the slow glass, then this is a decent lens.
(18 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
Great Lens..Everything I expected and much more..
By Long Time Photographer
This is a great lens to have in your bag. This one lens does it all, and I mean all.. From wide to telephoto to Macro...I have never been disappointed.
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