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Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5 -5.6G ED VR Standard Zoom Lens - Black-Angle_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great option to get you to 300mm

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    Zoeye
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    Purchased in store for the total lunar eclipse as an emergency alternative of my telescope(my telescope broke the day before the eclipse). Another option is to get the 70-300mm which is quite a “meh.” The FX format of 70-300mm is 600 buck and for 300 more you can get this one: from wide-angle (28mm) to telephoto (300mm), at 300mm (the maximum aperture at this length is 5.6) is sharp enough to capture the moon! Here I upload some photos I took for the eclipse. This is a nice lens to have in your collection and for $300 more you get the quality much better than the plastic 70-300mm. And you won’t risk return it back because of the 15% restocking fee (if I chose the 70-300mm I might end up returning it). It also replaced my 105mm macro lens. Overall, if you are looking for a all-in-one travel lens or you just want one lens to do all the jobs, this is the one you go to. Other than the 70-300mm, this is the cheapest option to get you to 300mm focal length.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big Full-Range Nikon Zoom

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    Ironhorse
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    I bought a D610 at Best Buy, knowing I would use it with my legacy manual focus lenses from bygone days when I was a pro. Then I got the idea that I wasn't using the camera to its full potential, so I got the 28-300 ED VR lens. This lens is great in that it covers the full range of focal lengths, has Vibration Reduction, and its quick Auto Focus capability makes using Live View a snap. Plus it allows Program and Shutter Priority modes, which are unavailable to MF lenses. But the lens is big and has a large petal shade, which is disproportionate to the D610 sans the battery grip. And I felt that for a lens costing over a grand, the optics should have been slightly crisper, especially at the 28mm end. So thank goodness to Best Buy's generous return policy, I went back to my familiar, old legacy lenses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow. Super sharp bag of lenses killer.

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    skaarj
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    I have debated in agony about putting down 1K plus on this lens. I wish I would not have waited so long. It is a fantastic upgrade to my kit lens 18-105 VR. After taking 8000 pictures on my D7000 I realized I was using the wide portion of the kit lens only about 1% of the time. So this lens made more sense to me than the 18-200 DX version. Especially seeing a FX body in my future. This lens is super sharp. I can count the eyelashes on my subjects at any of the focal lengths and wide open apertures. It is very slightly soft at 28mm f/3.5 but sharpens a lot at 28mm f8. All focal lengths over 50mm are super sharp at any aperture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Like a Swiss Army knife

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    bengel
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    This lens does many things, which makes it a very handy thing to have. Because it does many things, it includes compromises. I bought it to replace the kit lens, (24-120mm f/4) that came with my D750. I miss the constant f/4 aperture. There seems to be a slight drop in sharpness, born out by ratings on DXO. https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/AF-S-NIKKOR-24-120mm-f-4G-ED-VR-on-Nikon-D750-versus-AF-S-NIKKOR-28-300mm-f-3.5-5.6-ED-VR-on-Nikon-D750__321_975_323_975 On the plus side, it's nice to have the additional reach of 300mm. I don't have to swap lenses to get "closer" to my subject.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Only Zoom Lens You Need

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    chuck
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    If you have a Nikon FX camera, this is the only zoom lens you will ever need - unless you are willing to spend thousands of dollars to get to f/2.8. In my opinion, if you have a fairly recent version FX camera (such as a D750) with much improved low light capability, there is absolutely no need to spend the extra to get the f/2.8 zoom lenses - especially for non-pro's. This 28-300 mm zoom lens has excellent qualities in terms of sharpness, color rendition and auto focus speed. Distortion can be obvious when you get close to the two ends of the zoom range, but it is easily corrected in post. It felt a bit heavy at the beginning for me, but I got used to it quickly. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice general purpose lens

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    MisterK
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    After I corrected a slight back-focus issue with this lens on my full-frame Nikon D610, I have been able to take some very nice photos. The combination of this lens with the D610 is quite heavy but very useful for a wide variety of photo opportunities. I have been leaving this lens on my D610 for most shooting. The attached photo was taken with the lens extended to its full zoom length and then cropped very tightly in DXO Optics Pro 10. It was one of a number of photos published on an online news service for which I am a regular contributor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Nikon lense

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    jjb4469
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    My thoughts are this is a great starter lense to get into full frame images without breaking the bank. I use it for both astrophotography and landscapes with very good results. I will ultimately buy the Nikkor premiums, first one will be the Nikkor 14-24mm. But, to cover the range this lense covers, I would of spent close to 5k more on the lenses. But, nevertheless, I will still carry this lense with me even after I purchase the 14-24. Its a little slow for low light or high speed shots but for the most part I haven't had too many bad images caused by the higher f ratio. I can just increase the exposure some. Low brightness auroral activity is one example when having faster lenses comes into play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sharp Images and a Very Usable Range

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    Coloneltoothdoc
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    This lens is used with a new Nikon D750 body and replaces a DX 18-200 lens I used with a retired D7000. I have found it produces very sharp images with no serious distortion. I compared it with a recently purchased FX16-35 Nikkor lens. This lens is as sharp as the wide angle and has less distortion. I have done nice architectural work with it for exteriors and need to see how it does on interiors where the 16-35 will probably do better. The lens is also very nice on group photos and has a wide enough DOF that everyone is in focus. It is heavier than it's DX equivalent but its manageable and it has the lock but doesn't have barrel creep so far. Slightly stiff zoom ring has a sure feel. I am very Happy with this lens and will probably have in mounted on my D750 90%+ of the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok for vacation photos but...

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    CockerSpanielNC
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    I find the focus on this isn't as spot on compared to the 24-120 that came with the d750. I bought this for a vacation and used it a fair amount. And haven't touched it since. Having the constant f4 on the 24-120 is worth more than the extra reach. The lowest f stop is just too high. I'm planning to sell this and get the Tamron 70-200 f2.8. So if you want an all in one wide to zoom, and you usually shoot outside in daylight, this will be great. But if you want to shoot at night or low light, or you need a shallow depth of field, look for one of the f2.8 lenses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Versatile

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    BBNiklon
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    This lens is great. I bought this as a spare to cover the potential loss of either my 24-120 f4 or my 70-200 f2.8. For most jobs it is every bit as good as either. The 70-200 looks a little sharper and the 24-120 is the same. Besides that, the only advantage to either would bigger aperture for very low light. The in camera distortion correction (D750) does a good job as it does with the 24-120. I will end up using this a lot. Really like it on jobs where I needed 2 cameras mounted up with each lens and the extra tele reach is a bonus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for large distant objects

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    CrazyWolfLover
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    I absolutely love this camera. It's perfect. I took it on a recent trip to Africa and used it on endless safaris and animal conservation projects. Two things to keep in mind though: it is a ZOOM lens, so anything up close will appear blurry and out of focus. The nature photography setting on the camera base helps with this, but you want to be at least 1.5- 2 feet away from any small objects you want to take a picture of. Also, distant items, if they're smaller, may not focus properly. The lens constantly focused on the trees, when I wanted an image of an antelope. However, using the manual focus fixed the majority of this problem---just to keep in mind for beginners. Overall though, I am very pleased with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic walk around lens

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    JaMaBaCa
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    I have this for my D800. This is a fantastic super-zoom lens for an FX DSLR. The image quality isn't at the same level as narrower zoom lenses (75-300mm) or primes, but that's just being picky. For most people, your sill will limit you more than this lens. Great for traveling and a walk-around lens. Grab a 14-24mm and you're done! Also, go to DxOMark for a comprehensive review of this lens. And don't forget, if attached to a DX, then expect 1.5x crop factor and range (42-450 mm equivalent).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This lens and a fast prime are all you need

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    lawrose
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    I rely on this and the Z 35 1.8 S for my Nikon Z6. I also have the DX equivalents for my D7500. Those two lenses are all you need to capture most images. Lens construction has reached a point where there are really no bad lenses. It comes down to convenience and personal preference. I find myself continuing to value convenience and versatility over some abstract, and usually invisible, standard, or test result from a laboratory.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a Freedom Lens!

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    PhranklySpeaking
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    When I sold my DX camera to move in to a full frame DSLR, I lost the use of my favorite lens - the Nikon 18-200 DX wide to tele zoom. With my new 28-300 FX lens I've found a new traveling buddy. While not quite and fast to focus as the 24-70 or 70-200 Nikon lenses, it makes a perfect grab and go lens for those days where you just never know what lens you'll need. I've missed several great shots hiking because I had the wrong lens on my D800. No more with this FX all around work horse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for most photograph situations.

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    SDion
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    The Nikon 28-300 mm AVR lens eliminates the need to carry several lenses with different focal lenghts. Having one lens with variable focal lenghts also eliminates the possibility of camera sensor dust exposure due to frequent lens swapping. This lens have great focal range for close-ups and good range even for wildlife photographs. The variable reduction is also a good feature of this lens as it reduces camera shake when taking fast action situations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great if you're planning on going full frame

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    bnpatriot
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    If you're going to be using strictly DX Nikon cameras, then don't waste money on this. I currently have a DX camera but I'm planning to go ful frame FX in the future. Thus, I'm not going to spend any more money on DX lenses. The convenient range this lens offers is incredible and I love how versatile it is. It also does a decent job of macro photography via its incredible 300mm zoom. Plus, when I go full FX, I can pretty much use this lens for any scenario.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

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    rmcm
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    I have been a professional photographer for over 40 years. I purchased this lens to go with my D750 for event photography. It is an outstanding lens throughout all focal lengths. I have just left it on my D750. This lens gives you the capability to photograph semi wide to long telephoto. It has made my job so much easier and more efficient with out loosing any quality. This is an awesome lens. I now use my 24 to 120 as a backup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pure joy!

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    Darkbrotha
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    I am not a pro but taking pictures with this lens makes you feel like one! Very nice pictures. It is heavy for some people but it’s ok for me. Because of the overall weight of this lens plus the camera please be mindful to keep steady when taking certain pictures because they could be blurry. But with proper settings and focus this is one lens that will serve you well for years. Great investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good FX lens (D750)

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    mcm30114
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    Picked this lens up when I also bought the D750. Had a 18-200 DX on the D300 and it worked well.. This one seems to be the bigger brother to the 18-200 (72mm) while this lens is 77mm. I do like the lens lock switch on the lens to keep the lens from "creeping out" when the lens is held vertically down (like when you carry it). VR works well also. Would suggest getting a 77mm UV filter (just for lens surface protection) at the same time if you do get this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better then expected.

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    IPXK
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    I read the reviews on this lens before buying so I wasn't expecting much. I have been pleasantly surprised with its sharpness and versatility. This lens is sharper than my Nikkor 70-300 VR ED lens with very good low light performance. It is a bit heavy and requires frequent sensor cleanings due to dust blowback but its versatility and sharpness more than compensate. I'm glad I bought it!

    I would recommend this to a friend