Excerpt: I choose this lens because when traveling, stormchasing actually, it is really hard to switch lenses when driving fast to keep up with a storm or when outside the vehicle, you have to run back and change a lens. This is an all around great lens for almost every situation, with the exception that it is not particularly fast... there are trade offs!<br />Using a 77mm filter, I can use the same filters as other lenses I have!
Excerpt: I have to confess, I don't know how to fairly rate this lens yet. I'm recovering from a four day stint in the hospital and haven't been able to take the lens out on any meaningful hike or shoot yet. I shot a handful of pictures in my house, which seem very adeqquate so far, but I don't have anything that utilized the expanded range, Vibration Reduction or speed yet. I am pleased with the indoor shots but they're hardly adequate for giving a meaningful review.
Excerpt: I got the 28-300 for a street photography project in New York. It's the prefect walkabout lens. It does exactly what it is intended to do- cover a huge focal length range. I never missed a shot because I was changing lenses. Of course I could have gotten better quality with primes or two or three zooms of more limited focal length but I would have missed shots changing lenses. It has a solid feel, the autofocus is fast enough and the VR works well.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Huge Useable Range, Nice Feel
Excerpt: Perfect match for my needs of taking outdoor photos and capturing long range subjects. Simple and easy to put in use and start getting great photos right away. No negatives so far. Quality lens!
Excerpt: I already own a 24mm, 50mm 1.8, 28-70mm 2.8 (with macro). These are old lenses but auto focus works okay. so I'm pretty well covered. I'm not a pro. If I were, other factors would come into play. I like going out with a minimum of gear. The 28-300mm is heavier than I'd like and there really isn't much different between 200mm & 300mm, but it's one lens instead of two. Anything faster will be a lot heavier. Unless to want to go wider, this is a nice lens. Not cheap.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Might Do It All
Cons: 35-56g, Heavy, No Macro, Poor in Low Light, Turn To Zoom
Excerpt: Compared to the Canon's 28-300mm, this is a very light all-round lens, trust me. <br />More than a great lens to practice on, when being introduced to photography! <br />You'd never get rid of it!<br />Wished the tele-converter was compatible with this lens.
Summary: Good all round lens, I had the 18-200mm on my d7000 it is the only lens I use, and for my d800e the 28-300 zoom lens will probably be my walk around lens, but for portraits and really fine photography I will use the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 lens.
Pros: I recently bought a Nikon d800e, brilliant, but needed fx lenses, first lens I bought was a f/2.8 105mm again brilliant, but needed a zoom, I have the 18-200mm dx zoom for my d7000 again a wonderful lens, I bought the 28-300mm from Jessops, (I got £70 back from Nikon thru their Christmas money back scheme) anyway lens is as you would expect from Nikon., I compared it to my 105mm lens and found very little difference in it even at 300mm I think the 105mm was just a tad...
Cons: I am still learning about this lens, It's not quite as sharp as I would have hoped, but this may be my fault I was not using a tripod and at 300mm you had better have a steady hand even with VR., One thing I have noticed is an electrical, short circuit sound when focusing, I've gone online and it has been noticed by other owners, whether it's a fault or not, don' know, I have three other AF lenses and they don't make that noise, comments anyone?