Nikon AF-S 28-300mm VR Zoom Lens – Featured User Review

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Nikon AF-S 28-300mm VR Zoom Lens ReviewUsually we choose more wordy entries for Featured User Reviews. But the new Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm VR zoom lens is something special for Nikon users and I wanted to highlight it by sharing our first user review, written by member freedom1500. I’ve been hearing great things about this lens through the grapevine and I got to take a look at it at my local pro shop, Pictureline. I’m amazed at how small it is compared to the Canon equivalent. I don’t know how they did it, but props to Nikon for making what appears to be an awesome, compact, light, all-purpose superzoom lens for FX format DSLR owners. I expect this is just the first of many thumbs-up reviews for the new Nikon 28-300mm zoom lens.

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Featured Review: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR Zoom Lens

by freedom1500 (Expert)

Price Paid: $1149.00 from Lozeau – Montreal
Review Date: October 14, 2010
Used product for: Less than 1 month

Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

This is an amazing lens. It is relatively new on the market and I wasn’t sure how it would perform seeing as it has been labelled a “do-it-all” lens. So far, it has exceeded my expectations on my Nikon D700. I shoot just about everything but mostly people and travel. This lens is on my camera almost all the time.

- image quality is surprising considering the extreme zoom range
- lightweight (compared to many other lenses in that category)
- focuses in very low light conditions
- acceptable distortion (except when shooting vertical and/or horizontal lines)
- VR allows a couple of extra stops
- solid build

- Expensive (but when you consider all the lenses it replaces, it’s a real bargain)
- Distortion at max wide and max long ends

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I’ve used lots of Nikon lenses, most notably the AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 and the AF-S VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 on my D700.

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