Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR

The Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR features 28-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 19 elements in 18 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 74 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.6 ft. (0.5m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR lens weighs 28.2 oz. (800g) and it measures 3.26 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“Zooming the lens in a little actually appears to improve the performance at wider apertures a little. At 105mm the centre resolution is very good at the maximum aperture of f/5.3. Again peak quality across the frame is found somewhere between f/8 and f/11 where image display very good sharpness in the centre and good resolution towards the edges.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“The Nikon 28-300mm AF-S G ED VR is an excellent lens. It’s sharp and does everything. Even if it’s a bit big and loaded with ample distortion, these limitations are usually less important to most of us than having every reasonable focal length in your hands at the turn of a single zoom ring. It handles great, focusing from infinity down to a foot-and-a-half at every focal length with ease.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR User Reviews

The perfect lens for me, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am not a profesional photographer, and have no formal training in photography other than what I’ve read in books. I do like clear pictures and even I can tell that the pics from the 28-300mm lens are better than the ones from the 18-55mm that came with my D5000, but i suppose this may be due to depth of field.” – by KShoji

A good travel lens (but it has breather issue), | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Tested it against subjects (flowers and birds) placed in front of trees/plants with their leaves reflected with sunlight (the subjects are normally 1 – 3 m/3.33 – 10 ft in front of me, and 5 – 10m/16.7 – 33.33 ft in front of the trees/plants). While, his lens is capable of creating nice bokeh but nothing outstanding. Compare it to the 70-300mm, I like the effect of the 70-300mm better, but then, this is the subjective part and you may have a different preference/taste. “ – by Anthony Loh

Great Lens for FX (and hands-on review), | Rating: ★★★★☆
“My copy of this lens produces images that are contrasty and sharp to the eye at just about every focal length; Overall image quality is quite good across the entire zoom range. There is very little light fall-off from center to edges at all focal lengths. My copy turns out clear, consistent results with very little effort and no more than my usual semi-automatic adjustments and tweaks in photo management software.” – by Richard Collier

A terrific piece of kit, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Since I have a d300s and a d700, I wanted something that would give me maximum resolution on both bodies. This lens seems to do the trick. I found it to be quite sharp at all focal lengths, particularly shooting at f/8 and f/11. Not surprisingly it tends to be a bit soft wide open at both ends, but forme that is a minor problem since I tend to shoot mostly in the daylight. So far it is the perfect replacement for my 18-200. “ – by Marc R. Feldesman

A great zoom lens for FX cameras, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought this lens for use on my Nikon D700 and to replace my 18-200mm VR lens. This lens gives you the same field of view as the 18-200mm VR does on an DX camera. I thought this lens would be the same, but it’s a much better lens. The zoom range is very handy can covers a wide-ish end and a telephoto end pretty nicely. The VRII works well, but it’s not magic.” – by Sandro Munoz

zoom range is flexible, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Overall, I am very pleased with this lens. The zoom range is flexible; I do not need change lenses frequently. The lens is still creep, but much better than 18-200mm DX (sold on eBay). For the VR II, I only can get sharp image at 300mm of 1/125s. Image at sun light is sharp; image is not good when at shadow area @ 300mm. “ – by Chuanxiao Li

Excellent Walk-Around Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“When hard pressed, the 28-300 image was picked as the best one as often as the 24-70 lens was picked (about 1/3 of the time each). Granted, all shots were done in broad daylight at f/4.5 – f/5.0, but that gives you an idea of the quality of the lens. For a professional I’m sure there is a difference, but for the pro-sumer you’d be hard to fault this lens. This is now my #2 favorite lens, after my 24-70 f/2.8.” – by J. Hilton

Perfect Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“After reading reviews for this new lens I quickly ordered it for my trip to Yellowstone. It lived up to the description. Long range photos perfectly in focus, easy to operate, not too heavy. The range is great- 28mm was perfect for closer up photos without having to back up and 300mm powerful enough for most situations. High quality of lens is as described. I have a Nikon D90 with the standard 18-105mm lens, so this was the perfect next step.” – by Pat Deutschman

A new best friend for FX format DSLRs, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The max aperture is 3.5, and gets darker quickly when you zoom in. So you need a camera body which has a good high-ISO performance such as D700 or D3S ( I don’t know about D7000 yet). But if you use this lens on these cameras, it’s way to go! You’ll love it! Finally, the image captured by this lens is quite sharp and the color is really good. I was thinking which lens, the new 24-120 VR f4 G or this lens I should buy, but am totally happy with my decision. “ – by Marony

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Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Specifications

An ideal one-lens solution for FX-format D-SLRs, featuring a broad 10.7x zoom range, close focus to 18 inches at every focal length and VR II image stabilization for handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Highlights
Versatile 10.7x 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 and reduced 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.

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