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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About Nikon 28-300mm

This Nikon 28-300mm Bundle comes with $14.95 worth of free accessories including a Vivitar 3-Piece 77mm UV/CPL/ND Filter Kit and Shipping is free! .

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 Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife, 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, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Image stabilization, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Quiet, Rugged, Strong construction and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (118),Consistent output (95),Durable (91),Strong construction (81),Easily interchangeable (75),Rugged (58),Nice bokeh (40),Lightweight (32),Image stabilization (9),Easy to use (7),Good image quality (7),Versatile (5) Quiet (4),Sharp (3) View All
Heavy (62),Poor in low light (15),Lens creep (13),Slow focus (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (127),Wildlife photos (92),Sports/action (62),Weddings (46),Macro photography (26),Low light (26),Night photography (19),Travel (17),Video (12),Family photos (5),Wildlife (5),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (77),Semi-pro photographer (57),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
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
Mfr #

Nikon 28-300mm Reviews

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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.


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 256 customers


Works Very Well So Far


from San Diego

It's heavier than my old 18-200 but I love this as my general lens. I haven't had it very long, but it focuses fast and creates sharp pictures on my new D750. So glad I chose this lens over the Nikon kit.


I love this lens !!


from Beverly Hills, Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was apprehensive about buying it but Adorama's return policy is so good I said what the heck !I have used the lens quite a bit and love it ,very sharp through out the full range. It is heavy but not compared to carrying two or three lenses., I rated it 5 stars,not because it's the best lens in the world but because it's very very good at what it is supposed to be


Great general purpose lens!


from Maui, HI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Wide range of use lessens the number of lenses to carry.


Decent general purpose lens


from Ypsilanti, MI  -  Photo Enthusiast

I shoot a lot of photos of a high school marching band. I need to be able to quickly switch from a long zoom to a wide angle lens for group shots. I purchased this lens to allow me to do both types of shots without the need to constantly change lenses, and in that category it works great. The trade offs for me are that it is not an extremely fast lens, which I knew when I purchased it. As the marching season goes on, the days get shorter, and I find myself struggling to reach a balance between a high ISO and a fast enough shutter speed to keep the images sharp. Also of concern is the changing F-Stop as I zoom. If I am shooting wide angle, I have a maximum aperture of F/3.5, if I zoom in while keeping the image framed the same, the maximum aperture becomes F/5.6, a full stop and 1/2 loss of light transmission. The lens works well in bright light situations and as long as you can work with the slower apertures then this is a good lens for general purpose photography.


excellent 10x full frame zoom


from maryland  -  Photo Enthusiast

I checked this lens out for sharpness and it is sharper in the middle than the corners but moderately good all around. It is not a prim and you cannot expect it to perform as well according to sharpness. It is plenty sharp for regular pictures and is a good, albeit heavy, walk around lens. I wouldn't use it for portraits but it is actually very good for sports photography. Unless you have thousands of dollars for the big 400mm f2.8 prime sports lenses, this one will do you well. don't expect it to focus as well as say the Nikon 85mm f1.8 which can focus perfectly an amazing number of times.


Purchased a Nikon 28-300mm lens


from Fullerton, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Last year while in Italy, I took along 3 three lenses that I had taken on other European trips. Both trips it turn out the range I was shooting was from 20-280mm including a 1.4 teleconverter. I notice one photographer shooting with a Nikon 28-300mm lens. Upon my return home I reevaluated my lens gear. I concluded the 28-300mm lens could be used on 80% of my photos and the remainder for my wide angle shot. This lens is perfect for my need and cut down weight. My travels has taught me the limits as to what photo gear to travel with this lens is a must.




from Sandy, UT  -  Photo Enthusiast

My one always on lens and available for 90% of my photos. Being a quality lens it is a little heavier.


28-300mm Lens


from Sandy, UT  -  Photo Enthusiast

Only lens needed for most conditions.


A Real Workhorse


from Seattle, WA, USA

i have owned this lens for two years, and have literally traveled the world using it as my solo lens. I recently went to SE Asia, and took a variety of lenses with me but never took any of them out of my bag since my 28-300 covered all situations I encountered. The VR works very well, and the image quality is outstanding. I honestly cannot recommend this lens highly enough.

(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.


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Shopper  I currently have a D7000 and my current lens is the Nikkon 24-85mm and it has worked flawlessly. I want to upgrade to a new lens where I can zoom in a lot farther. I have read mixed reviews about purchasing either This lens or the 18-200mm. What should I do?
STEVEN W  I love my 28-300 on my D700, it's almost the only lens I use now, but the D700 has a full frame sensor. With the DX sensor, you may want to go with the 18-200, as it has roughly the equivalent zoom range as the 28-300 on a FX. Unless you're only interested in the higher telephoto range, the 18-200 would be a more versatile lens..
Vick C  Is there a teleconverter that can be used with this lens?
DAVID B  No. And even if you could put one one, the rear element of the lens prevents this, you would not want to. The lens would be too slow for most AF systems to function.
Shopper  How will this lens work for night sports on a D300?
BEN K  The aperture 3.5-5.6 says it all. Because of the VR you can work at a relatively low shutter speed (not good for most sports) and a high ISO, but it is obviously better to shoot a lens with a constant 2.8 (which this lesn will not do) with about a minimun 125/sec. shutter speed. When you say night sports I assume it is not a sport in the dark and therefore most sporting events have very adequate lighting especially if they are a TV broadcast sports. This is a great lens but the applications are better suited for daytime events in natural light. But I have gotten by shooting some small clubs in fairly dim light. There is always going to be a trade off of picture quality when you push a lens to the max of it's inherent abilties. And of course you need to shoot in manual mode where you can make all the correct settings and adjustments! If you are close to a well lit playing arena you will get many nice shots!
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