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

(based on 646 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (428)
  • Strong construction (356)
  • Consistent output (339)
  • Durable (298)
  • Easily interchangeable (273)

Cons

  • Heavy (246)
  • Poor in low light (89)
  • Lens creep (29)
  • Slow focus (29)
  • Blurry focus (12)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (457)
  • Wildlife photos (357)
  • Sports/action (261)
  • Weddings (184)
  • Low light (87)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (301), Semi-pro photographer (202), Pro photographer (77), Casual photographer (33), Photography student (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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

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 Zoom 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

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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 Zoom Lens:

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

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    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Dr. Light

    from San Francisco

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

    Adaptable compact lens.

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    5.0

    A perfect lens!

    By Nick

    from Chicago, IL, USA

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

    Just perfect lens for travel photography!
    I am very happy with the results.
    Nick

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    5.0

    I would continue buying Nikon Products

    By Ken the Camera Man

    from Hurst, Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I recently purchased my Nikon D610 full frame camera. I've been taking pictures with Nikon products since the 1960's and this D610 is replacing my Nikon D80. This lens is great for covering a WIDE number of shooting situations.... The 28-300MM covers it all for me. The f/3.5-5.6 zoom is easy to carry and operate. The "VR" feature is also a plus........

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      4.0

      Nice Travel Lens

      By Pher

      from Baltimore, MD

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

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

      Great FX lens that provides a good range 28-300mm.
      I use it mostly for travel so I do not need to pack multiple lenses.
      It is a heavy lens, but worth it for me.

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By jimmyd

      from South Carolina

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This really is a do all lens. I bought it because I know have a permanent knee injury and must use a cane. It is too hard to change lenses very much in this condition. That being said.....now that I have it I now and wonder "why didn't I go this way sooner?" Yes there is some distortion at 28mm extreme edges but that is easily fixed in Capture NX2. I feel the lens is plenty sharp and a little slow on AF but not at all bad. I have played with it for the past week doing everything from street to macro, and now I have to go out for a serious shoot.

        My bag now contains the D700 with the 28-300 and my 16mm FE....That is it. I can actually leave the bag at home and put the FE in my pocket and I am gone for the day. Really a great lens.

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        5.0

        Best wide-range zoom ever

        By Camera Ninja

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I've had a chance to compare this to primes and higher cost zooms and at the same F/stop, it holds it's own.

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        5.0

        Just right for travelling!

        By Jersey Joe

        from Haddonfield, New Jersey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Travelling

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

          Like many others, I bought this lens to take on trips. As airlines continue to limit the sizes of bags, I've been able to take less and less equipment. However, my new Nikkor 28-300mm fits the bill nicely. For the price, I think it's a good investment for me.

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          4.0

          Great for light travels

          By Kursat Karabulut

          from Turkey

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Street photography

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

          I bought this lens just for my travel to Aghanistan. The focal range it covers was the best option for me, because I had to take all the shots from inside an armored vehicle where I had limited space to move, limited angle to see. Also I didn't have the luxury to stop the car for a photo for safety precautions, so changing lenses were not reasonable either. IQ was not my main priority since the images would already be damaged a little by the thick bullet-proof glass. So I left all my pro lenses home in case of theft. It's been two weeks now and I'm mostly happy with the results.Things to consider: 1. Distortion is much, but better to keep it that way. Trying to fix it in Photoshop makes people look worse.2. Huge vignetting for apertures 7 or less, but it makes portraits better in my opinion.3. Covers huge range, especially for a full-frame. But focal lenghts beyond 200mm are blurry.4. I hear a peculiar static/electric sound when focusing even though the VR is OFF. I'm not sure every copy has the same problem. It doesn't affect images so I keep it but it's the first time I hear an AF-S lens sound so strange.5. Autofocus is fast, but not necessarily accurate everytime, even though I take most of the shots from a car moving 80-100 kms/hour. It's better than what the most people say.6. Images lack microcontrast and rich tones like top quality lenses give. That I expected from this lens. This is what you sacrifice for zoom-coverage and the avarage price.

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          5.0

          Great all-rounder

          By jimr

          from Flint, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

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

          I just returned from a spring trip to Northern Michigan and it performed flawlessly in many situation. Great to just carry one lens when walking or hiking. If there is a short coming it could be it's weight.

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          5.0

          NIKON 28-300MM

          By NAMENICK

          from HAWAII

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I bought this lens for a four day Indian wedding.. it was the best investment I have ever purchased...it's sharp, fast to focus, and does not show any dark vignetting on all corners of the lens when at 28mm. It also locks at 28mm so the lens does not move when holding it up high to get those dancing party pictures ... This lens is also very good for travel...I realize it's not a 2.8 but with Nikon's low light amazing quality sensor at high ISO you don't miss the 2.8 at all...I still have the standard arsenal lenses from Nikon 12 to 24 /24 to 70 /70 to 200 but to be honest...I am planning on using the 28 to 300 all the time because It's hard to tell the difference especially after the image has been run through lightroom and punched up a little...

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            5.0

            Excellent versatile lens

            By Kindly Old Doctor Wagnitz

            from Pinehurst, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Tough To Attach

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            rapid, smooth zoom function
            versatility
            used with DX (D-2-X) and FX (D-700)

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            5.0

            Great weekend lens by Nikon!

            By somacoul1

            from Boston

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Multi-use

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

            The quality is amazing for a multi-purpose lens!
            I love it!

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            5.0

            Watch out for free filter!

            By Steve

            from Bellingham, Wa.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Great Focal Range
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Love the lens. Got blurry pictures when viewed on the ipad. Didn't seem to focus well on point that the camera was focusing on. Changed to a Hoya HMC UV filter and got stunning clear pictures. Free filter is going in the garbage. Great lens.

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              5.0

              The best travel lens on the market

              By Ondro1977

              from Queens , New York

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

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

                First of all: I love this lens. As title states it is the best travel and most versatile lens currently on the market. Secondly,this lens cannot be compared with any F 2.8 lenses from Nikon line. If it could, it would cost 3 or 4 times more. It performes very well in all kinds of situations, very decent in low light and focus is sharp and reasonably fast. Yes it is a bit heavier and and fully extended it will throw you out of balance, but if you plan to backpack and travell light, this lens will eliminate need for other lenses. If you are photo enthusiast or semi pro this lens is for you. If you are pro and in need for uncompromised quality, then look elsewhere. This lens is a "must" for explorers and travellers.
                As always, B&H offered great level of expertise and help. Thank you;-)

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Paul

                from Bloomfield Hills Michigan

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

                Had it at Point Pelee in Ontario Canada for the festival of birds. Got some great first use shots of a few birds. Couldn't be happier.

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                1.0

                Very poor autofocus with D700/D200

                By Johnny Dee

                from Stockton, NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • None

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Cheaply made
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

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

                  Really wanted to like this lens. Cannot see how this is a [$] Nikon product. Similar feel to Chinese Nikon consumer lenses. It has great range, but distorts images to be wider than they really are. 18 inch focus is nice, but camera hunts for focus and many shots were out-of-focus. The ease of manual focusing is really needed, but the focusing ring is cheap plastic that is easily compresses when used (very cheap feel). The lens hood seems to be made of the same cheap plastic. It bends when I set the camera down on it.

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                  5.0

                  Great all around lens

                  By BCP

                  from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Use this lens as an all in one lens. Love to carry only one instead a a whole bunch of lenses. Is this lens heavy?, yes it is, but I'm getting use to it. Very good in low light. Haven't try it yet during sport events, but I like the results very much. I'm much a prime lens user, but when you're out there this is the lens I was looking for. Neat affordable lens.

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                  4.0

                  Great walk around lens

                  By Sunny

                  from Ashburn, VA

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

                  Good auto focus, sharp at the center. Soft at the edges, but can be managed by stopping down. Ideal for vacations, fairs, casual events.

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