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

January 27, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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This 28-300mm VR is Nikon's next gotta-have-it lens. It does everything, and it does most of it very, very well. The 28-300mm VR is much better than I expected. Just as the 18-200mm VR saved us from having to carry an entire bag of lenses for DX cameras, the 28-300mm VR again saves us from carrying multiple lenses, camera bags or changing lenses for FX and 35mm photography.
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The Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a variable aperture lens with 10.7x zoom range for enthusiasts and professional photographers that need a single, “all-in-one” lens for everyday and travel photography. The variable aperture of f/3.5-5.6, which changes from f/3.5 on the widest end at 28mm to f/5.6 when zoomed in, along with the lack of the gold ring on the front of the lens indicate that the lens is not on the same level as professional-grade constant aperture lenses in terms of optics, which is quite understandable, considering what it can offer in terms of zoom range.
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Nikon's latest superzoom optic offers a convenient 10.7x zoom range covering wide angle to super-telephoto, Vibration Reduction and a fast silent wave focusing motor all for around £870, which seems a little steep to me. It promises to be a one lens solution suitable for FX format camera owners who wish to travel light, or even simply as a useful 'walkabout' lens to complement your existing kit.
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