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

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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, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 28-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 28-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 28-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Strong construction and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (112),Consistent output (95),Durable (91),Strong construction (81),Easily interchangeable (75),Rugged (58),Nice bokeh (40),Lightweight (32),Versatile (5),Sharp (3)
Cons:
Heavy (62),Poor in low light (14),Lens creep (13),Slow focus (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (121),Wildlife photos (92),Sports/action (59),Weddings (44),Macro photography (26),Low light (25),Night photography (19),Video (12),Travel (10),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (72),Semi-pro photographer (55),Pro photographer (24),Casual photographer (5)

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
0.32x
Construction
19 Groups / 14 Elements
Compatible Format(s)
FX - DX - FX in DX Crop Mode - 35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image
Yes
Diaphragm Blades
9
Distance Information
Yes
ED Glass (Elements)
2
Aspherical (Elements)
3
Super Integrated Coating
Yes
Autofocus
Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Yes
Internal Focusing
Yes
Closest Focusing Distance
1.6 ft. (0.5m) throughout entire zoom range
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions Diameter x Length)
Approx: 3.26x4.5 in. / 83x114.5mm
Weight
(Approx.)28.2 oz. (800g)
Lens Case
CL-1120
Lens Hood
HB-50

Nikon 28-300mm Reviews

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4.5

(based on 246 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (78)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great but fairly heavy do-everything lens

The 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ("28-300", for short) is an all-around excellent lens for probably every possible occasion, despite its relatively heavy weight. This is the reason why you pay for Nikon glass over other brands, and why it's worth it. . First of all, this lens is fairly heavy, and if you walk around with this lens attached to the camera, moreso with the camera's relatively thin neck-strap, you'll feel its weight around your neck, and probably instinctively (as I've done and still do) cr...

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The 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ("28-300", for short) is an all-around excellent lens for probably every possible occasion, despite its relatively heavy weight. This is the reason why you pay for Nikon glass over other brands, and why it's worth it. . First of all, this lens is fairly heavy, and if you walk around with this lens attached to the camera, moreso with the camera's relatively thin neck-strap, you'll feel its weight around your neck, and probably instinctively (as I've done and still do) cradle the lens with one hand to bear some/most of its weight to take some of it off of your neck. The advantage is that this one lens can replace several lenses, and obviate the need to carry any additional lenses, or worse, a second camera-body plus lens, if you do that to not need to hot-swap lenses on-the-fly. In fact, the only likely need for any additional lens would be for ultra-wide shots or specialty uses (extremely fast lens for low-light action shots, etc.). The only other lens I carry in my bag is the feather-light but optically superb 18-55mm kit-lens that came with my D3000, when I want wide landscape shots. . This is a full-frame (FX) lens, so it can be used on any DX/FX body, including film(!), not just DX bodies such as my D3000 or D7000. That 1.5x crop factor makes it effectively a 42-450mm lens on DX bodies. That being said, I can't gauge corner-to-corner sharpness, color-fringes, or vignetting, so I'll leave that to those who have an FX/full-frame camera body to test. But on even DX cameras, optical quality is amazingly crisp and clear. . I have a sample shot of a dragonfly, shown first as-is, simply resized to 800x536 for easy comparison, and second as a 100% crop (also to 800x536) of some extraordinary detail. Both photos are, other than the aforementioned resizing and cropping, respectively, right out of the tin, *ZERO* post-processing. No adjustments, sharpening, *ANYTHING*. Note the detail around the bug's face, the probably 1-pixel-wide "hairs". The (handheld) shot was taken approximately 3' away at full-zoom of 300mm, f/8, ISO-400, 1/400sec, -0.3EV compensation, on my lowly D3000. Graininess at ISO-400 on my D3000 is readily apparent in the 100% crop, but that's due to the 3k's sensor, *not* the lens. With the amazing clarity of this lens, you can take shots and crop-zoom the shot to unheard-of extremes to make, say, a shot of a full moon look as if it were taken at 1000mm or more. . For most peoples' uses, taking photos of friends, kids, dogs, parties, plus the occasional landscapes, close-ups of flowers, etc., the kit-lens which comes with the camera, such as the 18-55mm which comes with the D3000, or 18-105mm which comes with the D7000, will cover the majority of those shots admirably. But I chase birds around, and while I still love the 55-200mm telephoto which I also got with my 3k as an add-on, I just wanted a little more "reach". I considered various lenses, but I was sold on the review of the 28-300 by a rather well-known person, and decided to get one. . Again, aside from those infrequent wide-angle landscape shots I'd want (where the feather-light 18-55 fits in wonderfully), the over 10:1 zoom range of the 28-300, to me unheard of, would and should cover probably all my shooting needs. And I absolutely was not disappointed. In fact, it serves so many shooting types, from fairly wide-angle landscapes, to extreme zooms of distant objects and critters, to all types of pseudo-macro shots of buds and bugs. It became my default carry-with lens at all times, despite the weight. The 18-105 kit-lens of the 7k is so much lighter, even with its nearly 6:1 zoom ratio, but for the sheer utility of the 28-300, I gladly lug around all that extra weight. . VR2 is, in a word, fantastic. I recently took some rather long-distance skyline shots between 100mm and 120mm, and even at 1/4sec handheld shots (!!), was able to get some astoundingly steady shots that looked almost as if taken on a tripod when viewed fullsize, ie, at the pixel-level. Granted, it took a dozen or so shots and cherrypicking the steadiest shots of the lot, but just that it was possible at all was and is amazing. I haven't taken statistical samples of how many stops improvement I gain, but 2-3 full stops is easily achievable. . Action is universally smooth, from zooming from one extreme to the other, to the focussing ring when focussing manually. The 28mm lock does come in rather handy when the lens dangles downward hanging around your neck. With jiggling, it can "zoom in" (ie, extend towards 300mm) on its own from its own weight and become a pendulum, so the lock keeps the lens in-place when fully retracted. It may not be a necessity, but it is a nicety. I've gotten to use it similar to a car's parking-brake, engaging it out of habit, and it becomes second-nature in short order. . Distortion such as barrelling and pincushioning are there, but largely negligible and unnoticeable, at least on a DX camera, even at either extreme of the zoom range. Unless you routinely take photos of picket fences or brick walls, you're unlikely to notice any of either kind of distortion, even if looking for it. . Autofocus speed depends largely on the camera, I imagine. It's acceptable on my 3k, and would sometimes hunt in the wrong direction if the 3k got confused, but is spot-on and scary-fast on my 7k. . All in all, the 28-300 is a fairly heavy lens but well worth the extra weight if you want or need "reach" out to 300mm, and don't want to carry a second lens for wider shots, or v/v if you have your kit-lens but don't want to carry a second lens such as a 70-300 for longer-distance shots. The 18-200 might suit your needs as a do-all single lens solution if you don't need that 300mm reach, but if you do, the 28-300 is perfect as a single daily-carry lens. And if you still need something for those wider shots, the feather-light and optically-superb 18-55 is perfect, else consider a 10-24 or some low-mm prime lens to throw in your pocket. Whatever you'd decide, if you get the 28-300, you'll very soon wonder how you ever got along without it. . The ability to go from a 28mm wide-angle "Wow, what a gorgeous sunset!" shot to a 300mm extreme-zoom "Look at that bird!!" shot with just a split-second flick of the wrist, instead of having to grubble through your bag and then swap lenses -- and more than likely miss the shot completely -- is priceless. . And again, see my sample shots, taken on a "lowly" D3000, high-ISO grain and all from the 3k's sensor notwithstanding, for an example of the kind of crisp shots you can get, even when viewed at the pixel level. Individual hairs on the bug's face are easy to distinguish, barely a pixel-wide each. The more I try to push this lens to its limits, the more impressed with it I become. . Sadly, camera bodies become obsolete or at least obsolescent in just a few years as features improve, but lenses are an investment that will last the better part of a lifetime, and a lens which does as much as this one does and covers such a wide zoom-range (almost 11:1) and has so many uses, and has such incredible optical quality, is well worth that investment to make this a do-all carry-with lens, probably the only lens you'd even need to carry, as long as its extra weight doesn't become an issue.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Reviewed by 246 customers

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent lens

By

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.

 
5.0

consistent output

By

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......

 
4.0

The Nikon 28-300mm lens

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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)

 
5.0

Excellent general purpose lens

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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)

 
2.0

Not sealed well at all

By

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)

 
5.0

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

By

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.

 
4.0

I am glad that I bought this lens

By

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

 
5.0

Great travel and general walk-aroun lens

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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.

 
4.0

Great for my purposes

By

from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Walk around lens A bit soft at times

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nikkor 28-300mm fx, VRII lens

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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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Shopper  Is this an FX lens ??
SCOTT S  Yes
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
patricia h  wanted a full frame lens to go with my new camera
Shopper  Can a teleconverter be used to extend the reach of this lens?
CHRISTOPHER C  No Nikon teleconverter will work with this lens. They will not physically fit and you would damage both lens and teleconverter attempting to attach it. Other teleconverters might work, but the resulting quality will likely be poor. At 300mm the widest f stop is 5.6. This is just about the smallest aperture you can have and still have the autofocus work. Put a teleconverter on this lens and it would be too dark for reliable autofocus operation. Not only that, but the lens already has issues with sharpness and distortion, particularly at the edges. A teleconverter would make these problems even worse. Nikon teleconverters have a lens element that actually inserts into a hollow at the back of compatible lenses. The 28-300 lens does not have this space. Other teleconverters may not work this way, but they are consequently not as sharp, either. In general, Nikon teleconverters only work with Nikon's fastest and most expensive telephotos and zooms: the 70-200 f/2.8, the 200-400 f/4, the 400 f/2.8, and the 600 f/4. I presume that they will work with the new 800mm lens as well.
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