Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR II Vibration Reduction - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A..


About Nikon 28-300mm

An ideal lens for FX-format D-SLRs, featuring a 10.7X zoom, close focus to 18" at every focal length and VR II image stabilization

The Nikon 28-300mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The Nikon 28-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 28-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 28-300mm: Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (116),Consistent output (98),Durable (95),Strong construction (85),Easily interchangeable (79),Rugged (61),Nice bokeh (41),Lightweight (33),Versatile (5),Sharp (3)
Heavy (67),Poor in low light (17),Lens creep (14),Slow focus (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (128),Wildlife photos (95),Sports/action (61),Weddings (46),Macro photography (28),Low light (27),Night photography (20),Video (14),Travel (11),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (76),Semi-pro photographer (60),Pro photographer (24),Casual photographer (7)

Nikon 28-300mm Features

  • Versatile 10.7x FX-format zoom lens with ED glass and VR II image stabilization Versatile zoom lens offers a broad focal length range that's perfect for travel,landscapes, portraits and distant subjects.
  • Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs DX-format D-SLR angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 42-450mm in FX/35mm format.
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
  • 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
  • 3 Aspherical Lens Elements Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation.
  • Internal Focus (IF) Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency andreduced flare.
  • Zoom Lock Switch Secures the lens barrel at its minimum focal length preventing the lens from extending during transport.
  • Focus to 18 inches at any focal length Extends versatility
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.

Nikon 28-300mm Specifications

Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
F stop range
3.5 - 22
Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum 53° / Minimum 5° 20'
Angle of View (FX-format)
Maximum 74° / Minimum 8° 10'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
19 Groups / 14 Elements
Compatible Format(s)
FX - DX - FX in DX Crop Mode - 35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image
Diaphragm Blades
Distance Information
ED Glass (Elements)
Aspherical (Elements)
Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Internal Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
1.6 ft. (0.5m) throughout entire zoom range
Filter Size
Dimensions Diameter x Length)
Approx: 3.26x4.5 in. / 83x114.5mm
(Approx.)28.2 oz. (800g)
Lens Case
Lens Hood

Nikon 28-300mm Reviews

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(based on 257 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Perfect!...for what I need.

Everybody puts down super-zooms. Yes, they are not fast apperture lenses, nor they are prime lenses. However, super-zooms have a use and therefore a nieche market. I needed a little more reach on my 18-200VR so I went and bought this one. It's everything I expected it to be, and more. But don't kid yourself: it's a heavy lens...a lot of glasss in that lens....but it is sharp! If you've liked the 18-200 VR, you are going to love this lens...


Most Liked Negative Review


Nikon price, third party quality

This was to be the photographic dream. One lens to do everything. It didn't. This lens was not sharp. Other reviewers may think so, but I do not. I purchased a refurbished lens considering that whatever problems that sent it back to Nikon would be more than corrected. The lens mounted and focused correctly, but I was dissatisfied with the sharpness even on a tripod. I shot several photos at low ISO for maximum quality. Any other Nikkor bested this lens's performance. The cosmetics were near p...

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This was to be the photographic dream. One lens to do everything. It didn't. This lens was not sharp. Other reviewers may think so, but I do not. I purchased a refurbished lens considering that whatever problems that sent it back to Nikon would be more than corrected. The lens mounted and focused correctly, but I was dissatisfied with the sharpness even on a tripod. I shot several photos at low ISO for maximum quality. Any other Nikkor bested this lens's performance. The cosmetics were near perfect with only a small mark on the included lens hood. I had hoped to only carry one lens and save my back.

Reviewed by 257 customers

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


An excellent lens


from South Carolina, USA

There is little to say about this lens that others have not said however, It is simply great. As a traveling senior I know I am a target for thieves when I travel, that is just the way the world is now. So when I travel this lens is not only a great lens for photos but I do not have to change lenses often which means..... I keep my concentration on my surroundings as well as my shot. It does macro very well and even night shots it works well, it simply does everything that I want it to do. You couple this with Nikon Capture NX2 and it is about as good as it gets.


consistent output


from So Florida and Europe  -  Pro Photographer

Why do they advertise consistent output.....Consistent output means to me you can set the F stop to any shutter speed you want......This lens does not have that ability, The zoom will dictate the shutter speed......Other than that, no problem---with the exception of Tamrons previous 28-300mm f3.5 which did out perform the previous Nikon 28-300mm and it is very possible that this new Tamron 28-300mm will also out perform this here new Nikon 28-300mm..........One would be wise to test these 2 lenses to see which one is best for their model camera......


The Nikon 28-300mm lens


from Cottonwood, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Before purchasing it I read a number of internet reports. After using it for a few months, it's my conclusion that all previous reviews were correct when it comes to sharpness and distortions. The lens is not as sharp as my prime 50mm lens. But one would not expect it to be either. It is also true that there is distortion throughout its entire range. But these can be corrected during post-processing. Recently I had the opportunity to take portrait shots on assignment. The results were astounding. This lens is perfectly suited for portraiture. It renders excellent colors and generates images that are just the kind of soft images that portraiture requires. I also need to add that all portrait shots were taken hand held using the built-in VRII correction. In short I am pleased with the lens and have no regrets buying it. As with the previous accounts, it's the kind of lens that covers most if not all ranges of situations. As to sharpness and distortions, all these can easily be corrected during post-processing. It may take some more time and effort but they are worth it. The more I use the lens the happier I get...and that is all that matters.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent general purpose lens


from Undisclosed

I purchased this lens to match my new D610 body, having used my D7000 for several years and wishing to have a full-frame system as well. It really exceeds expectations - I have a Nikkor AF-S 300 1:4 mm prime with a TC-14II for bird photography (unbelievably sharp combo) and the great Nikkor 80-400 mm VR for wildlife, and find that this lens essentially replaces them both, specially if I fit it onto the D7000 body to get that extra 30% focal length in the DX world. The VR seems to be excellent, though normally I am not shooting at low shutter speeds with this lens so not really much of an issue. It is really heavy to carry around, so be aware that you may wish to have a couple of small primes for when you do not need a zoom. I have one of the older 50 mm f/1.8 prime and just purchased the 35 mm f/1.8 so that if I am obviously going to be somewhere where the longer tele is not needed, and specially if I need a wider aperture for low light, I ave a couple of relatively low cost alternatives.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Not sealed well at all


from Houston

I use well constructed camera travel gear. I purchased this lens in June 2013 and within 10 months it had dust spots inside the lens where the only removal option was for Nikon to fix it. I was on vacation in June/July and sent it in upon returning in August. They won't repair it without charging me $300 for the repair. The D600 also had spot issues but since a lot of people complained about that issue, it did not cost to repair the body. This is the THIRD issue I have had with Nikon cameras/lenses and spots. I am inclined to spend my money elsewhere. One in three times they stand behind their product - not good enough odds for the money I spend on camera gear.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


For the first time, it really is like having a bag of prime lenses along all of the time.


from St. Louis, MO, USA

The previous scenario was D7100 with 18-200 DX VR. That was an excellent setup and we have no complaints about the many great memories on the walls and hard drives -- except it fell short focal length wise a few times when planning ahead was not an option. The move up to FX (D610 and now D750) along with this 28-300 FX VR as the "always within reach camera" is a real game changer. Not hype. Been doing this a few decades. Wow. Why? Because if the lighting is there (and even when it's not...), within reasonable distances, you can shoot anything from the hip, fast or slow, near or far, with 95%+ results in most peoples eyes -- and the moment would have passed anyway if going for a lens was the only option. (The new low light FX sensors + Photoshop can make up for quite a bit in the lighting department the other 5% of the time for us type A's). We have 2 kids playing most indoor and outdoor sports. And lot's of family. Awesome impromptu portraits (which always come from 15 feet away, the way our minds store faces...) are seconds away, all the time. So is daylight stop action at any reasonable distance for available focal lengths with amazing clarity -- and always much better than my impromptu photos from 2 years ago using identical techniques. You still have to pay attention to depth of field to get what you want. I shoot in aperture priority mode most of the time with auto iso compensation on so I can get everything I want, all the time. I'm greedy that way!. This has proven to be as much of a step up as the DX to FX step. Both are very highly recommended. Can't say enough about the quality of the photos. I don't believe there will be another leap like D750 and this 28-300 FX VR lens for years to come.


I am glad that I bought this lens


from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Amateur photographer Lens for travel in attempt to lighten my load - one lens instead of 2 or 3 Tends to be a little soft, otherwise a great lens


Great travel and general walk-aroun lens


from Reston VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

There no a whole lot to say about this lens. Its all about bang for the buck and convenience. It has good reach, reasonably compact and can take some really good shots. Wonderful travel lens and really works well on cutting down the weight of carrying multiple lenses to cover the range.


Great for my purposes


from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Walk around lens A bit soft at times

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nikkor 28-300mm fx, VRII lens


from Cottonwood, Arizona  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use the lens on my Nikon D800 camera. When I first purchased the camera I also included the 50mm, f1.4 prime lens which I used extensively. All my other lenses are DX lenses which significantly reduce the censor's area. The prime lens also has the disadvantage of not being flexible when it comes to composing with it. It's a matter of moving with the camera in order to achieve the composition one wants. But there were many instances when that approach was not enough. I was looking for a zoom that encompassed a range that was necessary to help me compose without the need to hike for it. The 28-300mm lens is the one I chose. Much of my decision was based on comments from other photographers. But my own experience tells me that I made the right choice. The good things about the lens are these: it is sharp and produces excellent colors. The lens barrel is tight so that there is no drifting under normal use. It comes with it's own shade that can be removed and clamped in reverse when carrying the camera in the bag. Switches on the lens barrel allow for even better control and better images. Such is the suggestion that VRII be turned off when shooting with the camera on a tripod. The only disadvantage is its weight. Nikons are not light machines in general, but with this lens it is extra heavy. Carrying around one's neck becomes a serious task. I would not recommend carrying it while still on the tripod. The VRII system works very well and yields very sharp images while hand held. Others have commented on distortions. That is to be expected at the lower range of the lens' focal lengths. But once extended to any degree I have not found the distortions to be obvious and serious. Having said that, distortions can be reduced in software. On the whole I am very happy with the purchase even if it was a bit pricey. The lens is now the one I use almost exclusively. I have other lenses to accommodate wider angles. Both the purchase and the delivery were as claimed by Adorama. In fact, I ordered the wrong lens at first and had to cancel the order. Everything went fine. Packaging was excellent. In all I am a happy camper. I am off to take photos with my new lens.


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KENNETH M  not as sharp as some of my other lenses but a very good street camera because it is so versatile
Gloria R  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
VANESSA P  I bought this lens to be my travel lens. I don't want to have to carry around a lot of extra gear and this lens has such a wide focal range that it will pretty much shoot anything that I need. I recently took it on a month-long trip up the west coast of the US and Canada and was extremely happy with it.
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