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

bythom nikkor 28-300mm
  • FX coverage
  • Autofocus (in-lens focus motor), internal focus
  • 19 elements in 14 groups, 3 aspherical, 2 ED elements
  • 9-blade rounded aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22 (at 28mm)
  • 77mm filter ring
  • 1'7" (0.5m) minimum focus; 1:3.2 maximum reproduction ratio
  • 4.5 x 3.26" (114.5 x 83mm) long, diameter
  • 28.2 ounces (800g) weight
  • included HB-50 bayonet lens hood, CL-L1120 soft case, caps
  • US$1050
  • Model Number 2191
  • Announced August 2010

Thom's Mini Review: Good news: for a super-zoom, it's not bad in the center when stopped down a bit. Low to Medium vignetting (at extreme focal lengths), improves rapidly. Bad news: it's a superzoom, so on the mega-pixeled D8xx bodies it's less than perfectly sharp over much of its range, even stopped down; it's especially soft in the corners in many setting combinations; it has visible chromatic aberration (though less than the 24-120mm), it also has considerable focal length breathing. Overall: On a D8xx even in the center it doesn't have the acuity bite I want to see out of a lens I'd leave on the camera most of the time. Not to say that it's a bad lens, but it just doesn't rise above the bar for me, especially on the D8xx bodies. It's actually a reasonably good lens on the Nikon 1 bodies with the FT1 adapter, and it's probably an acceptable general purpose lens on the D6xx models for most users, as well.

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