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

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The 28-300 AF-S VR II lens brings the superzoom to FX sensor cameras (and can be used on DX sensors too). The obvious appeal is the 10.5x zoom range and a rather spectacular ability to focus as closely as 18 inches at every focal length. The VR II image stabilization allows you to handhold your camera at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture.

The lens has 9 aperture blades producing smooth out-of-focus highlights, 2 extra low dispersion and 3 aspherical elements. It is internal focusing so filters are easy to use and the Silent Wave Motor provides fast autofocus.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

Let’s be clear: this lens is all about expectations. If a reviewer wants to rip it up, they can. It’s got barrel distortion at the wide end and pincushion in the middle. It’s soft in the corners and has some lateral chromatic aberration. Autofocus speed isn’t slow, but you’re not going to catch action sports with it, either. And wide open at the wide end its got a fair bit of vignetting. For any particular purpose you can find a better lens.

But that’s not what this is about. This lens does something that is really remarkable: it gives FX shooters a single-lens solution that gives good, sharp images from 28-300mm. If that was an easy thing, it would have been done before now. If it was an easy thing, Canon’s 28-300 wouldn’t be 3 times longer, 2.5 times more expensive, and twice as heavy. This, my friends, is a remarkable lens. As a vacation lens, a walkaround lens, and outdoor do-everything lens its just amazing. Lets put it in perspective: from 28-120 its just about as good (although not as wide an aperture) as the 24-120, plus you get the extra range at a lower price. An amazing thing Nikon has accomplished here.

Will fine-art, landscape, and wedding photographers be waiting in line to get a copy? Probably not. Will about a million other people be taking it on vacation? Absolutely!

Filter Size
77mm (nonrotating)
1.75 lb (without tripod collar)
Minimum Focusing Distance
1.6 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
74 to 8.2 degrees
Zoom method
Front, barrel extends, nonrotating
Image Stabilization
VR II, 4 stop, nonpanning
Focusing System
Internal, Silent Wave motor, Full time manual
Aperture Blades
9, circular
Max Aperture@focal length
f/3.5 < 30mm; f/3.8< 35mm; f/4 < 37mm; f/4.5 < 50mm; f/5 < 70mm; f5.6 > 120mm
Low Dispersion Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
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60 days $54.00 $275.00 $329.00 $5.48
90 days $70.00 $354.00 $424.00 $4.71
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4 days $46.00 $11.50
7 days $61.00 $8.71
10 days $82.00 $8.20
14 days $107.00 $7.64
21 days $143.00 $6.81
30 days $180.00 $6.00
45 days $235.00 $5.22
60 days $275.00 $4.58
90 days $354.00 $3.93

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