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

(based on 722 reviews)

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    (205)

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    (22)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (469)
  • Strong construction (364)
  • Consistent output (349)
  • Durable (303)
  • Easily interchangeable (280)

Cons

  • Heavy (251)
  • Poor in low light (97)
  • Slow focus (31)
  • Lens creep (30)
  • Blurry focus (12)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (502)
  • Wildlife photos (364)
  • Sports/action (286)
  • Weddings (200)
  • Low light (97)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (331), Semi-pro photographer (225), Pro photographer (87), Casual photographer (37), Photography student (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (653), Yes (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Excellent Lens For What It Is

I purchased this lens used from B&H in perfect optical condition with minor cosmetic damage. I shoot it on a D750.

There's a lot of reasons zoom lenses are inferior...Read complete review

I purchased this lens used from B&H in perfect optical condition with minor cosmetic damage. I shoot it on a D750.

There's a lot of reasons zoom lenses are inferior to prime lenses and the wider the zoom range, the more these shortfalls tend to be exacerbated. The Nikkor 28-300 VR has most of the typical shortfalls of the superzoom class: huge amounts of distortion (especially at the edges of the zoom range), slow apertures, poor corner sharpness, some vignetting, some chromatic aberration, all in a very heavy and relatively expensive package for the image quality.

But I do like this lens a lot and find it's relatively easy to minimize its weaknesses and exploit its strengths. It's quite a surprisingly sharp lens especially when you're not shooting it wide open. Sharpness maximizes around f/9 through the zoom range so the small wide-open apertures don't make much difference to me. Think about it, you're likely investigating this lens as a travel or outdoor hiking sort of lens, where you don't want to be carrying more than one or two lenses but want to be able to shoot a landscape and then an animal without swapping. So you've hopefully already got the light to work with since you're outside. Additionally, the VR system seems to work pretty well and you should be able to cheat a slower shutter speed out of your camera to further reduce the liability of a tight aperture. Not to mention, if you're pairing it with a body like the D750, you're going to get great high ISO performance out of the sensor and that's another place to recover some of that exposure. Thanks to Lightroom (or even the lens corrections on board the D750) issues like distortion, CA, and vignetting are one-click fixes and aren't worth worrying about.

If you look below I have a particularly bizarre picture shot at 300mm, 1/200 (slower than the recommended 1/focal length), ISO 12800, and f/9. I'm trying to demonstrate center sharpness at the worst possible focal length for it along with the performance of the VR system as well as the ISO handling of the D750. Typically superzooms are very weak at the longest end so this is an extreme test case to help you folks decide on the lens.

Autofocus is fast and accurate, no problem there. This lens will creep greatly and the 28mm locking mechanism is handy, though you cannot lock it at any other focal length; just use the lock for packing and travelling with the lens (you'll need it). Bokeh is good. Zoom ring is pretty smooth and you can zoom from 28-300 with one easy turn. Close focus is GREAT! Obviously this is not a true macro lens but with the good reproduction ratio and center sharpness you can get away with using it as a pinch macro lens. See candy picture below.

If you're shooting indoors you'll probably want to use flash and if that's the case you'll need a better solution than you camera's naked onboard flash because the lens is huge and will likely cast a shadow, especially if the hood is on. This lens has a huge profile. Consider a speedlight.

In conclusion, given its versatility and relatively strong optics for its class, this is basically the ideal walkaround and backup lens. Stick it in a wedding kit in case something disastrous happens to your workhorse 24-70/2.8 or 70-200/2.8. Don't overestimate it and use your appropriate primes for serious work. If you know its limitations and how best to utilize it, it's an excellent buy.

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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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4.0

Great Value

By Steve

from Port St. Lucie, FL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

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

    I recently bought a Nikon D810 and wanted to get the same very useful "walk around" vacation lens that I had for my old D5000, which was an 18-200mm. So the Nikon full frame 28-300mm is the perfect answer. With longer reach and better optics this is a great lens.

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    5.0

    The only lens I will need 90% of the time.

    By Africa

    from Williamstown, WV

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      I feel the lens is great in every way.

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      5.0

      Looking for a high quality lens?

      By James

      from Dallas, TX

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      I currently use this lens with a DX camera; however, I bought the lens knowing that I will upgrade to an FX eventually. This lens is a powerhouse. The wide range of zoom is very convenient and useful in most all shooting situations. While I do keep my prime lenses nearby most of the time, this is the lens most often on my camera. This is the first lens I have had that has vibration reduction (VR) and it is absolutely amazing to use. Even zoomed all the way the vibration reduction completely minimizes any shake and absolutely makes images shot at long focal lengths much sharper. The lens itself feels extremely sturdy, so much so that it is slightly heavy, but not too much so. The focus ring is very smooth if you like to focus manually, and the lens has a lock on the side so that the weight of the lens doesn't cause it to zoom on its own while moving. The bayonet hood is extremely easy to take on and off as well. Overall this lens is extremely useful and high-quality. I would definitely recommend this lens if you're looking for a zoom lens.

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      5.0

      Love it, my first Nikkor lens!!

      By sandaxkes

      from Kingsport,Tenn

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      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:

        I love taking pictures of my flower garden and my cat and other animals.
        So far so good and I feel it is easy to use for all types of people who take pictures of all things.
        I haven't run into any problems as of now and don't expect any.

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        5.0

        Great lens!

        By AGJ

        from Tacoma WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Got this for travel. Love it, sharp fast!

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          5.0

          versatile

          By Stevo

          from Chicago

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

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

            perfect for travel, good range and reasonably sharp.

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            4.0

            So Far, So Good!!

            By Free Spirit

            from N. H.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This lens is going to be my walk around lens. I've done several shoots of various subjects at varied focal distances and "f" stops (landscape, closeup and people). I feel the lens performs as stated in most of the different reviews I have read. It does not perform as well as a high speed prime but it is acceptable for my needs.

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              5.0

              28-300 nikon lens

              By Nachi

              from New york

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

              A very good all around lens

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              5.0

              Good all around carry lens

              By Scott

              from New haven CT

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              Pros

              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

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

                Covers all ranges for nature except wide angle on the d800

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                5.0

                smaller than expected, good all around lens

                By E39Nutz

                from Chicago

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

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

                  relatively speaking, it has a small form factor. Look at the Canon 28-300 L, that lens is huge and very heavy. Image is sharp but not to the level of a 70-200 VRII or 24-70/2.8. It is good all around, if you can only take one lens, this is the one to carry.

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                  5.0

                  Best walkaround lens for Nikon F

                  By aviseqdas

                  from Dallas, Texas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  While lot of so called Pro's complain about how slow this lens is and want you buy a pair of 2.8 lenses 24-70 and 70-200 for $ is because they want to justify their own purchase.If you are backpacking and you needed to travel with only 1 lens this is the best one.Even though the 3.5 to 5.6 seems slower for most landscape photographers that wont be a problem at all.The lens is reasonably super sharp for the entire range.The lens can be used for macro with a great bokeh effect.Has builtin VR that has 2 modes Normal and Active which really helps if you are shooting birds.I use it with a D750 and I have other prime lenses and when I compared the pics the difference between the pics taken with this lens vs the prime is 9.5 vs 10For that .5 you gain a lot of convenience and save a bunch of money.I mostly shoot in daylight from city skyline to bridges, mountains, fall colors, flowers, reptiles, butterflies, insects, portraitist, fishes, birds everything has turned out ridiculously good.Only thing I would not use this lens is for indoor events with low lighting like weddings in chapel or kids birthday party at PF Changs etc. But most of the time those situations you can afford to carry a couple of prime lenses.This is the perfect walk around lens and let not that walk around term confuse you with the quality of cheaper walk around lenses that sigma and tamron makes for crop sensors.This is a Pro quality lens mean to be used for a purpose that covers 90% situations for most photographers.Also keep in mind this lens is for full frame and you can really push the ISO on a full frame

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                  5.0

                  Excellent travel lens.

                  By Doctor JB

                  from The Villages , Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    I gave my original 28-300mm lens to my son. I liked it so much that I had to buy another one for me. A very good match for my D750.

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                    5.0

                    Smart Travel Lens

                    By KMP

                    from Loveland, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

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

                      This is a great lens for travel -- to have one "go to" lens without having to pack several different ones.

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                      5.0

                      Great Zoom

                      By Laser-I

                      from United States of Texas

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                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

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

                        Has a Drift zoom lock to keep the cylinder from extruding! Should be on all zoom lens.
                        Beautiful field of view.

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                        5.0

                        Great Choice - Glad I made it!

                        By Seeking Scenes

                        from Boise, ID

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Very nice fast lens. I bought the Kit which contained the 24-120 lens. But knew that the 28-300 would work much better for my needs...Glad I Did!!!

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Lens

                            By Sprytacus

                            from Charlotte, NC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

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

                              I recent used the lens for scenic shots in Colorado. The shots turned out beautifully! I also took a few shots of the baby in our family. These pictures also turned out adorable! This lens made it easy so I could travel with one lens instead of several. The lens is heavier than I expected. The lens came with a hood which was wonderful to have as it blocked the rays from my lens during several of my shots.

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                              5.0

                              "A beautiful piece on the front end of my Nikon 7100"

                              By Tugboat

                              from Naples, FL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                Gives me the sharp picture from all distances - very pleased with pice and purchase.

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                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Fantastic Full Frame Lens

                                By DelMar_Photog

                                from San Diego, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel

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

                                  I contemplated getting this lens for quite a long time. I got it and headed out to Sedona for vacation. Lots of hiking, lots of shooting. What I found is that I shot 95% of my shots with that lens despite bringing others. The only time I switched is when I put a 105 Macro on for some macro shooting. Hella convenient to have an all in one lens. I would use my usual backpack, but with just body and one lens and accessories much more pleasant on my back. I pair it with a Nikon D750 (which I also highly recommend). My big debate was whether to carry tripod or not. Most of the time not necessary (as lens has good motion compensation and you can crank up ISO to have nice high shutter speed for most shots). The only time I really actually needed tripod was for water shots where I was doing 1/4 to 8 second shutter speed to get smooth water effects. Looking at the results in post processing the lens is plenty sharp if you have good shooting technique (and follow > 1/focal length for your shutter speeds). The only negative I have is that 28 mm is not wide enough for some of my shooting, so if you want to pair it with a wide lens (I am debating whether my 16-35 or 20 will be my choice).

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                                  3.0

                                  Good for travel, not for work

                                  By Rama

                                  from Maceio, Brasil

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavyweight
                                  • Poor Image Quality
                                  • Poor Image Stabilization

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Travel

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

                                  This lens is good enough to travel, but the image quality is not so consistent at all ranges. Good for travel and uncompromising photography, not to work.

                                  I used to use Sony OSS for years, so I think the Nikon VR could be really improved. Objects at 200-300 are constantly blurred, and the colors are not great.

                                  Don't buy this lenses thinking you will get super razor sharp images. You won't.

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                                  4.0

                                  Nikon 28-300 mm Full Frame Lens

                                  By Rustgeun

                                  from Maryland

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Zoom Range
                                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • High ISO Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Under Exposes
                                  • Vignetting

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife photos

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

                                  This is a very good lens for an all around everyday use lens. It's actually the only lens I have for my Nikon D750 at this time. I like that I can use it from everything from 300mm far zooms to 28mm wide angle shots.

                                  there are 2 problems that I have noticed using a full frame sensor, when doing zooms more then about 140mm, there starts to be a problem with vignetting. Also the lens seems to cause the camera's light meter to run slightly to being under-exposed. Both problems can be made better through the camera settings.

                                  Overall, I would definitely recommend this lens!

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