Reviews and Problems with Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S
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NOT a good 1 lens alternative for pros
Ferg Foto, B&H Photo
15 August 2013
Excerpt: When I was testing it on a resolution chart I was impressed. THEN I actually went out to shoot with it...YIKES! Reasonably sharp throughout the zoom range but then the VIGNETTING kicks in at the longer end (150-300mm)- forget about it! If you are a shooter whom shoots with some wide open sky or the sea, ANYTHING with a homogenous back round this lens will not produce a publishable image. I'd like to carry less when moving around town but I'd NEVER compromise IQ.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens to accompany my new D600, but after shooting about 30-40 images, I was not only surprised but extremely disappointed in the results. This lens lacks sharpness at nearly the entire focal length range regardless of aperture. Distortion is also an issue, but that is to be expected of an "all-around" zoom such as this one.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good all around lens
Cons: Excessive Distortion, Heavy, Images Too Soft, Lacks Sharpness
Excerpt: I hate compromising with my photos. I bought this with high hopes and after testing it, was completely unhappy with the results. I would never be able to pass the photos in my test shoot to any clients. It is just too soft. Yes, you can take care of the pin cushioning and barrel distortion in software, but there is little you can do about the lack of sharpness.
Excerpt: Immediately after receiving this lens, I photographed a local outdoor cultural festival at relatively close distances and low resolutions. The results were generally quite good. It was only after subsequently subjecting the lens to more rigorous testing that its true qualities came to light. Pictures taken over a portion of the zoom range exhibited shockingly poor off-axis image quality. Although part of this effect resulted from field curvature, much of it did not.
Excerpt: Purchased this lens locally because they had it. 300 plus shots later on DX and FX bodies the results are not what I expected. VERY soft focus in every situation. Aperture, AE mode, sensor selection all yield soft results. Very poor for nature photography. I will see dealer for an exchange, hopefully results will be better.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I ordered this lens kit from Focus. After the 30 day window, I realized that the lens hood would fall off VERY easily. After every single picture, I started tightening the hood, but it fell off frequently. I asked them to replace this, BUT OH NO. It was outside the 30 days. They said contact Nikon. They took no responsibility for the problem. It was outside the 30 day window so they washed their hands of the order.
Summary: Extreme problems with noise when using the Telephoto. The images are barely recognizable on a computer screen. I've been using Nikons since 1968 with my first FTN. After that more Film Cameras and than the D100, 200 and 300 along with numerous lens. This is the first bad one but it is really bad. 28-300mm may be asking to much out of this lens. It's back in the box and unusable. That proved to be a very expensive mistake. Don't follow it.