Summary: Overall the performance of this lens is very solid indeed: Nikon describes it as "the ideal walkabout lens", adding that it offers "maximum flexibility with minimum kit", and that claim definitely stands good. Creative photographers may mourn the lack of wider apertures but that would be an unreasonable complaint when the zoom range is so wide and the price-point is so low.
Excerpt: Nikon has answered the call of FX (full-frame) camera users to provide a lens comparable to their ultra-popular NIKKOR AF-S 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II DX-format lens with their new AF-S 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR. All it took for me to order one was a day spent wandering Las Vegas and hassling with changing lenses and the bulk and weight of a backpack. The new 10.7x zoom gives me everything I need for a casual day of shooting in one lens.
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (FX) - Review / Test Report
20 August 2011
Conclusion: Anyone considering a super zoom should be aware of the fact that any such lens is full of compromises to achieve the huge focal range. This is, unfortunately, especially true for the Nikon AF-S 28-300 VR.
Excerpt: With the lens attached to a D700, auto-focus is generally fast (but not instant). On the F65, focusing worked well in good light, but became quite problematic in normal room lighting. The D700 had no such issues with the lens.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm F/1:3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens – Review
D-Photo and The Photographer's Mail
4 May 2011
Conclusion: The main advantage of an interchangeable lens camera is obviously its interchangeable lenses, which theoretically allow photographers to use the correct lens for any specific subject or conditions.
Pros: Long zoom range, Effective image stabilization, Very sharp, Perfect for FX sensor bodies
Excerpt: Originally posted 2010-11-12 on Optyczne.pl In days of analogues amateur megazooms were relatively popular but then you could meet 28-200 mm more often than 28-300 mm class lenses. It doesn’t mean, though, that the latter were totally non-existent. Such cheap constructions were offered by Sigma and Tamron. Canon was an exception to that rule as in 2004 it offered a 28-300 mm model but belonging to the professional L series, so big, solid and heavy.
Cons: weak image quality on the edge of DX and full frame as well,, very high distortion on full frame,, high chromatic aberration at longer focal lengths,, significant coma in full frame corners,, noticeable problems during work against bright light.