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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
 
4.6

(based on 664 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (437)
  • Strong construction (361)
  • Consistent output (347)
  • Durable (301)
  • Easily interchangeable (278)

Cons

  • Heavy (248)
  • Poor in low light (89)
  • Slow focus (30)
  • Lens creep (29)
  • Blurry focus (12)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (466)
  • Wildlife photos (362)
  • Sports/action (266)
  • Weddings (187)
  • Low light (89)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (305), Semi-pro photographer (208), Pro photographer (78), Casual photographer (34), Photography student (14)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not a perfect lens, but .....

Autofocus: autofocus is quite fast. Not as fast as say the 24-70 f/2.8 but it's still reasonably fast and should be good enough for normal use on my D700 (check out...Read complete review

Autofocus: autofocus is quite fast. Not as fast as say the 24-70 f/2.8 but it's still reasonably fast and should be good enough for normal use on my D700 (check out some of the action shots i'm going to post below). The lens does generate quite a bit of strange noise during focusing. It's not as noisy as the older AF lenses but i've never hear this kind of noise before on other AFS lenses. When i first got the lens, i actually thought my lens may have some problems but the other 28-300 VR are also reporting the similar experience so i guess this is "normal". The autofocus would hunt around a bit when shooting dynamic scenes under very dim light.Size and weight: with a 77mm filter thread, it's not a small or light weight lens. but then it's not a 70-200 VR neither. It is a bit shorter than the 70-300VR and slightly bigger and heavier than the 18-200VR.Sharpness: Didn't really do any real test but by looking at the real life photos i took it seems quite good even at wide open. Just remember this is a superzoom so you can't compare it with a prime lens or even a f/2.8 zoom lens. Just stop down to f/8 if you want very good sharpness, but to be honest, even when shooting at wide open, the image quality is still not too bad for a 10x zoom lens. Image at 300mm wide open is slightly soft but definitely useable.CA: i notice a bit of CA at wide open, but it's not too serious.VR: It's quiet and quite effective. I tested it by shooting at 50mm handheld. At 1/3s shutter speed , i can still get a reasonable percentage of sharp/ok photos. If i use something to support my body/hand, my shutter speed can probably go even lowerDistortion: So far I think this is probably the weakest area of this lens. Distortion exists throughout the whole focal range. It's quite obvious but if you ask me i think it's acceptable since distortion is really common for the superzooms. The Canon 28-300 has this problem, the Tamron 28-300 also has this problem, even the not so "super" zoom lenses like the Nikon 18-105 has similar problems. So if you like shooting brick walls, this is probably not the best lens for you. But if you like to shoot something else, then this is probably not a serious problem.Vignetting: On my D700, it is noticable at wide open but much better than my 50 1.4G or 70-200 f/2.8 VRMy thoughts:It's not a perfect lens (the distortion throughout the whole focal range, slightly soft at wide open..etc), but I think Nikon did a great job in creating a lens which has a very good balance between the size/weight/price/IQ. When Nikon first announced this lens, a lot of people questioned if any FX user really want this kind of superzoom. But i've a feeling Nikon got it right and it will become very popular lens among the Nikon FX or even some DX DSLR users. You can find some sample photo i took with this lens:[@]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

All-in-one bliss, but with compromises

Title says it all. If you are looking for one lens to cover just about the full gamut of common focal lengths, this is the lens. Sounds great right? Read on. Read complete review

Title says it all. If you are looking for one lens to cover just about the full gamut of common focal lengths, this is the lens. Sounds great right? Read on.

First off, the lens is built like a tank. It is on par with the construction quality of Nikon pro glass, not sure about the seals, but you could defend yourself with this lens if you needed to! As a consequence of the build quality is the added weight. This is a heavy sucker and when you use 200-300mm it gets LONG and throws off the balance of your camera. Not a deal breaker, but also consider you will get funny looks with the obscene appearance of the lens when at 300mm!

This lens is slow, but in theory this is compensated for by the VR. If low light is your thing, you may want to look somewhere else. Additionally, you will not get those creamy soft out of focus areas like faster primes. Don't forget that the widest aperture is variable too depending on focal length. Image sharpness is pretty good, but not on par with pro level zooms or even a less costly set of primes. Comparing this lens to the fantastic 70-200mm F2.8 VRII is an eye opener. If sports is your thing, save your money and get the latter lens it is that much better. Autofocus while good, may not be fast enough for some sports. I shot soccer at it was good, but not as fast as the 70-200.

Here is the big downside, distortion. Gobs of it. If you use it creatively you might get results you want, but be mindful how you use the lens especially at the wide end or you may be rather dissappointed.

Overall, the lens is best for someone who wants only ONE lens and isn't too overly concerned about IQ, distortion etc. This is not a pro level lens nor one I'd use for critical shoots, but to travel with this may be ideal, but again, don't forget how heavy this sucker is!

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5.0

If you can only pick one...

By OzarkImageWorks

from NW Arkansas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        Five stars, based on the notion that if I can only take a single FX lens with me, this is a fine solution. As a class, I dislike variable aperture zoom lenses. There are good reasons they cost less than their fixed aperture kin.The AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G is an exceptional case. The combination of excellent optics, image stabilization, tremendous zoom range make a compelling argument in favor of the product. It's relatively lightweight, and the 77mm filter size provides access to a broad range of front-end elements. Combination of these features make it a great "only one in the bag" lens, suitable for everything from interior shots to landscapes to outdoor moving targets.

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        5.0

        Best Travel Lens

        By barb

        from Boston Heights, Ohio

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          A cruise was recently in my travel plans and I was in a quandary over what lens to take. I have a 70-200 but way too heavy. A 24-70 but not enough zoom. I decided to purchase the 28-300 and it was definitely the right choice. My photos are sharp and the zoom worked for ship or tour bus to shore. Definitely recommend for one lens travel.

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          5.0

          Great all-around lens

          By Bob

          from Elberton, GA

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          This lens is great for an outing where you just want some good pics and not tote around an arsenal of lenses. If you're mostly in low light, shooting critical work, needing spectacular bokeh, or just cant cope unless you got the very best glass; then this isn't your lens. For me this is the lens for a family outing, vacation, kids sports, etc. it's not light with the D800, but that's okay for me. When all the trade-offs have been dealt with this is the lens most often on the camera. If I plan to go somewhere and get anxious that I'll need a better lens, then I just put a small prime in my pocket. I consider it a great value and well worth the money. Plus, the 77mm filter size is convenient.

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          5.0

          Great all in one lens

          By Jim

          from Frederick, MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          As an "all in one" lens you can't beat it. The VR take up for the slowness and when it is on a D800 there is not an issue. The picture quality is outstanding. Colors and sharpness are great.

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          5.0

          24-120MM VS 28-300MM

          By Diddy Dad

          from Boca Raton, FL

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            The choice was between the 24-120mm one 28-300mm. Carefully reading internet comparisons of these two lenses, I chose the 28-300mm because this lens is longer and the same weight and size. I wanted to carry one lens because of weight and this lens has all the features I wanted. The quality of pictures are excellent at any focal length.

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            5.0

            The "one" FX lens for travel

            By tjazaz

            from Phoenix, AZ

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              I like to travel light and yet have a lot of range. This lens fits that desire perfectly in my opinion. Coupled with my new D750 the set up weighs about 3.6 lbs. but I addressed that with a terrific Black Rapid cross body strap that is both comfortable and functional.I have heard some complain about lens creep but that has not been my experience with this lens.

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              5.0

              Traded up

              By Skyking

              from Arkansas

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              I bought this lands to replace my NIKKOR 55 300 and the difference in color and sharpness is amazing. B and H made The trade for purchase very easy. Great people and great service thank you BandH

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              5.0

              Traded up

              By Skyking

              from Arkansas

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              I bought this lands to replace my NIKKOR 55 300 and the difference in color and sharpness is amazing. B and H made The trade for purchase very easy. Great people and great service thank you BandH

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              5.0

              All round lens

              By Mickey

              from Cedar grove

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              The most versatile AF lens in nikkor lineup hands down.

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              5.0

              Excellent general purpose FX lens

              By AlanK

              from Bethesda

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Purpose
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                I bought this after returning the much less expensive Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens and was dissatisfied with its sticking zoom and terrible distortion. I found that at any rate I always trended to be using it at full zoom, so this lens gives me the extra reach and I have had no mechanical issues and I think considerably less distortion. Focus is fast, and the VR seems to be working really well. Obviuosly it is a heavy lens with that zoom range and the full-size glass. It won't replace my fixed 300mm + TC combo for wildlife/birds, but for most purposes covers a very useful range.

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                5.0

                Great travel lens!

                By Louie

                from North Carolina

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                A all-in one lens, but is a little heavy if you carry it around all day.

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                4.0

                Great all around lens

                By A Fine Exposure

                from USA

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                A great all around lens it covers most of the commonly used focal lengths with apertures that meet most situations. Very useful for lightening the load for travel when coupled with a wide angle lens.
                While not the fastest lens it should meet nearly all general photography requirements. I found the lens to be sharp at all apertures, a little slow in focus but adequate for sports. fine for portraits and landscapes. I would recommend this lens as a good primary purchase to build a lens kit around.

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                5.0

                Great Zoom Lens

                By Alaska Man

                from Alaska

                About Me Casual Photographer

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                Pros

                • Range

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                  I new to the DSLR market, and looked around for a lens that would satisfy my need for a good all around lens without carrying 2 or more lenses. Seems to fit my needs very well. Clarity seems good enough for me. I wish it was faster but can't really complain when the range of the zoom is so large. Focusing speed seems to be in the middle...not great, not bad. Like all other reviewers---the lens is heavy. Hard to tell, but seems heavier than my camera. Didn't want to carry around tons of lenses---This one fits me perfect.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Rick D

                  from Lewes, DE

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                  Purchased the 28-300 for travel shots this fall for our annual trip down the Intercoastal waterway. It synch'd beautifully with our D5000 for shots of our grandkids. I'll be looking at FX format cameras soon to utilize the full format.

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                  5.0

                  very happy

                  By weekend photographer

                  from Georgia

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                    I got this lens for general use photography. In the few weeks that I have used it I did not feel that it's weight was a significant factor in my use. The photos I have taken look as good or better than any current lens I own.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome All Around Lens

                    By Jimanomaly

                    from New England USA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                      range. It's about the same size and weight as my 17-35mm, fits good in my hand, and is easy to zoom and focus.

                      I am very impressed with the quality for an all-purpose lens. Images are sharp throughout the zoom range, and focuses is fast enough for every shot (that an all-purpose lens would be used for). Colors and good and Bokeh is decent.

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                      5.0

                      The best prosumer superzoom!

                      By Longzoom

                      from Brooklyn NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        I am using this lens for 3 years. In its class of prosumer superzooms it is still the best, nothing even close, as for today. Amazingly sharp, fast and consistent focusing, high contrast/color ratio, great range (actually, it is 28-280mm lens, but it isn't show stopper!), very small CA. I am using it for some pro applications, with great success. Especially if it is impossible to carry anything else. On negative side - to improve geometrical distortions on wider settings needs a bit more time with PP.( Also, watch sample variations with this lens.) I am posting 100% crop - it will tell everything about this amazing lens.

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                        5.0

                        great Allaround

                        By Jonp

                        from Peoria, AZ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • All around
                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Sharp
                        • Travel

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                          Eliminates many lenses for travel. Sharp. Easy to use. Not too heavy.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens for food, people, and travel

                          By Joe from Haddonfield

                          from Haddonfield, NJ

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Food
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portrait
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                          The lenses that I use for photographing food, people, and places on my D610 are the kit lens (24-85mm), 80-200mm f/2.8, and the 28-300mm. Although I use all three lenses, I'm finding that I use the 28-300mm more and more, because of the quality and convenience.

                          When I travel abroad, I don't like to carry around heavy equipment. The 28-300mm gives me the focal lengths that I need, saving wear and tear on my back. The image quality, while better than the kit lens, doesn't quite match the 80-200mm, but it's close enough. I'm very pleased with it!

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                          5.0

                          GREAT lens - perfect everyday lens

                          By EJB

                          from Atlanta, GA

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                          Pros

                          • Range Sharpness
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                            Great lens for a wide array of shooting situations. Fantastic companion to the D810.

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