AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Sharp, fast autofocus and a keeper
This lens is wonderful. Those who wondered how a 10X could remain sharp will be delighted. Though a bit heavy, its worth it. Great travel lens. Perfect for landscapes as well as urban vistas.
October 4, 2010
Wow! What a Lens!
This is the lens I've been waiting for. I bought this lens this morning to replace another mega-zoom lens from company "T an 18-270mm". I loved that lens but wow, what a difference the Nikon lens makes! I get the wide zoom range AND tack sharp images. I'm going out right now and use it in the "wild"!!
September 25, 2010
A wonderful walk-around full frame lens
For years I've been asking Nikon reps. to ask Nikon to make this lens, so that I could replace my old Tamron 28-300mm. lens with Nikon optics. Most recently I'd been heavily using the Tamron lens on my Nikon D3 and D3S. I used it so much over the years that it needed (and received) a rebuild. This new Nikon lens is wonderful. Due to its versatility I have no doubt that I will use it far more than any other lens I own. I've used it quite a bit already and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
September 22, 2010
very good universal lens
The lens has girth and weight and feels well balanced on my D3. The zoom ring is somewhat stiff but it displays no "creep" when carried unlocked. It accepts my 77mm filters and close-up lenses. It lacks acute sharpness and speed of focus when photographing dynamic subjects in low light situations but the images are more than acceptable. I purchased this lens to use as my universal urban travel lens and it will serve that purpose nicely. My travel kit in urban areas now consists of this lens, a 50mm (f/1.4), my D3 and soon the D7000 which will serve as an expensive 1.5x TC..
September 22, 2010
Best Single Lens Choice
I have VRII 18 - 200 mm
But I wish I had one 28 - 300 mm for the convenience this offers in multiple and verity of options available in a single lens
September 12, 2010
You can't go wrong with this lens
I'm really happy with this lens.
When I bought my D800 six months ago, I looked at the Nikon lens offering and debated the 28-300 vs 24-70 + 70-200 combination in order to get the focal length coverage I wanted for every-day picture taking. For once in my life, I decided to go with the cheaper solution. Am I ever glad that I did.
While I lose a little at the wide end (28 vs 24 mm), I get an extra 100 mm at the narrow end. And, while I lost a few f stops in going with this lens, I saved enough to buy a 14-24 mm, f2.8 and a 50 mm f1.4 which more than makes up for lost stops.
I've taken great portraits, great landscapes and great still-lifes (by my humble standards, anyway) with this lens.
If you're a photo-enthusiast looking for an all purpose lens to cover 95% of your requirements - this lens is a great candidate.
August 2, 2013
If you only buy one lens this is the one!!
You have to remember that this is a zoom lens and not a fixed focal length lens. Its not a fast lens, its starts at F3.5-5.6. with that said, this lens is fantastic. I take portraits of people all day, and this lens works great for individuals and groups. I shoot in the studios at f9 mostly and I find my results are just great. Had 2- 24x30 prints made last week and I can't find anything that I could improve on from this lens. Camera is d800e, this lens gives me very thing I need for 90% of what I do. Yes i still need those fast lenses and if I want that soft bokeh I use my Dc 105mm F2. and if I'm in the hockey rink i still want my 80-200mm F2.8. But I did go on Vacation to the big US of A. and all i took was my 28-300mm and that was all i needed. No Camera bag just the camera over my shoulder and my sb800 in my wife's purse. I was in grand central station in new york one evening and was watching a young lady with this big canon camera and lens combo trying to capture the train station. Thing were not working out for her but i did want to say anything (because i never used a canon before or want to) I asked her to take a photo with my camera of my wife and I and i told her just push the button that was all she needed to do. with the camera set at 1/125 sec f.3.5 at 28mm iso set to 1600 and sb800 set TTL -1 stop. well the look on that photographers face was priceless. I think she wanted my camera. Just remember what you have, what your are using it for, then you will see that for the most part this lens is perfect for 90% of the stuff you need. Im a Master Photographer with 32 years in this field and i can tell you i have lots of lenses and cameras and i think i found a winner with this one.
July 27, 2013
My best lens in 40 years
Well, finally, after several months of sleepless nights, and reading countless reviews online, wondering if I should purchase the 28-300 lens for my built-like-a-tank D300, I finally took the plunge a few weeks ago. However, I had to return my first purchase because it had a focus problem. Sometimes I had to turn the camera off and then on again for it to focus properly. The one I now have is super, and actually, for the size of the lens, I think the focus time is very, very good. Also, from the reviews I have read online, it has received many good reviews. It is a little heavier than my 18-200mm was. But I have decided that this is a great all-in-one lens. It is good for sports, portraits, landscape, and wildlife. I’ve found that my lens hood fits it very nicely and is good and snug - no worries about it coming off. One of the main reasons for my purchase of the 28-300 FX lens , was my not-so-far-in-the-future plans are to purchase an FX camera. On my D300, I now get 42mm to 450mm, and find it really sucks the picture in close at 450mm. So, for now, my D300 and the 28-300mm lens will be my main pair, even if the two together weigh 7 pounds. I know that after a short while, I will not even notice the weight. I like to hold my camera with the strap on my shoulder, supporting the lens with my hand., I figure I can walk for 2 to 3 hours easily. Believe it or not, pictures with this lens are crystal clear, sharp images and colors are brighter than the 18-200 lens. $1,200 (tax included) is a chunk of money to me, and when I read reviews that call this lens a "cheap" lens, let them buy the new 800mm lens for the low price of $18,000.... that's right... look it up. Please remember this is only my opinion, and whatever you decide on, camera or lens, they are "old technology" as soon as you walk out of the store. I give this lens a 5 star rating, because it focuses quickly, gives you unbelievably crystal-clear, sharp images, awesome color, and for $1,200, in my opinion, it deserves it.
March 23, 2013
An all-range high quality lens
I’ve been with Nikon since 1993 and for the first time we now have a “full range” zoom for FX format (the 35mm for the old days).
What I like is that this lens comes well when you want to “travel light” and you don’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 “expands” 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 “FX-big format” 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).
January 1, 2014
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).
August 17, 2012
had this lens for a little while now, so far these are my observations:
it produces remarkable color, all throughout the zoom range.
focus is somewhat slow for $1000+ lens, but hardly disappoints for regular shooting needs.
weight might be a concern for some people. this weighs the same as, if not more than, a d300 body.
bokeh delivers nicely beginning around the 70mm+ range.
somewhat flat images when used at the shortest length.
my concern though is the overall build quality of the lens (it says weather sealed). my unit has begun to develop 2 tiny fungi spots despite being stored with gel silica (not in a drybox though) after a month of non-usage.
i use this with my trusty d5000, and a slightly newer d300 and have been enjoying it.
May 26, 2012
Great Travel Lens!
Pack light with this great travel lens:
Pros: Light weight one lens does it all. Sharp, 300mm zoom, great macro and well built.
Cons: Not very fast lens and pretty expensive for a consumer grade lens. Vignetting!!!
November 21, 2011
Good all-in-one lens
Have it for couple of weeks now and took it out for the first time to Callaway Garden for test drive. Overall sharpness is pretty good but for closeup shots I got various results from shooting bees on flowers, etc.. I have not switched between active and normal mode and compare the difference, maybe that will improve the macro quality.
I usually shoot with 24-85mm AF-S (or Tamron 24-135mm) to get wide angle shots, 70-300mm VR for wildlife and 105mm VR for macro. I don't think 28-300mm picture qualities wise are better than any of those three in their respective range, but for convenience sake it's definitely better than carrying 3 lenses if you want to travel light.
May 23, 2011
Great all around lens
This lens takes crisp clear pictures all day long. I used this on my D7000 for about 6 months. The weight of this lens is great for being 28-300mm. Wish it was a little faster.
May 3, 2011
disappointing hood and especially service
The hood supplied with the lens rattles and is loose. It will come off if brushed.
Nikon's solution is to send the whole kit in.
I have applied tape to the teeth in the hood - sorta/kinda works.
A $1,000 lens and they won't supply a hood that fits!
April 22, 2011
Good all around lens
I like this lens. It take the place of 2 lens i don't carry around anymore. The one drawback is dark corners on an FX camera not sure how it work on DX camera.. The VR is helpful and focuses fast with color.
April 14, 2011
Not for action shots...
Bought this product like many of you to replace several lenses on Vacations or Business trips..overall Not Bad.. but not very fast for capturing action shots.. That was a problem for me!
April 14, 2011
Great for the DX format
This lens works great on my D7000. Because of the DX crop factor this lens is equivelent to 42mm - 450 mm lens! Images are sharp and crisp at all focal length.This lens is heavy. It weighs moer than the camera body. Thats ok for what I do (landscapes, wild life), but would not be good for street photography.It focuses faster and more accuratley than my 18-200 mm lens. The wide apeture lets in more light too. I can take better photos in slightly darker conditions.
April 14, 2011
Great FX "walk-around" lens
This lens is extremely versatile and is better than I had expected in terms of sharpness. The VR really works: I shot New Years Eve fireworks hand-held at 1/10th of a second @ 45mm and got great results (see below).
January 8, 2011
Just took it out of the box, mounted it, went outside, took some shots, came back in and loaded them into Aperture. I'm dazzled so far
December 7, 2010
very sharp, but lots of distortion below 35mm
A very useful all pupose lense for travel photography on reasonable price, need not to carry full bag of lenses. it works perfectly on Nikon D-SLR both FX and DX....not useful for dim light sports action....
November 23, 2010
This is a surprisingly sharp, great walk around lens with excellent color resolution. Works well with my Nikon D700. Only thing lacking is faster speed, then it would cost and weigh twice as much. A good investment to add to ones lens collection.
October 17, 2010
Nice flexibility but vignettes badly
Nice all in one lens with fast focusing but every picture needs retouching to remove vignetting.
September 22, 2010
OK all around lens.
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.
July 27, 2012
Not very sharp. Poor low light performance. Not worth the price I paid.
April 14, 2011
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 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.
April 14, 2011
Good lens but
Received the lens today. Took few pictures. Good for regular use but not for professional. Also "Made in Thailand," cost reduction?
September 9, 2010
dissapointed so far
So far not so good. Thought this lense would perform much better than has so far. took shots under a fairly lit incadescent bulding and never got a good shot. Had to bump isos way up and then got lots of noise on the 300 mm end. took some shots outdoors crisp pics but bokeh rounded on close up. Maybe will have better luck later but seems this lense is not what its cracked up to be
September 15, 2010
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 – examined both pieces very carefully - and even more carefully reattached them – 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 – they were fuzzy.
When I removed the lens from the camera I had the same uneasy, noisy experience – 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 – 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.
March 25, 2014
Not as sharp as expected.
The photos are not as sharp as I expected with a $1,000 lens - at any focal length with the zoom. I am disappointed in this lens. The construction also makes the zoom ring difficult to turn with a "sandy" noise. My D800e Nikon camera has the notorious focusing problems (that Nikon will not address properly) so the left most focus points are always out of focus. Not sure if it is the lens or the camera causing that specific problem. Focus is quick, but sometimes inaccurate. Vibration reduction works fine. Sub par lens for the money.
March 8, 2014