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

Model #2191

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Filter thread 77 mm
Weight 1.76 lb (800 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.26 x 4.5" (8.28 x 11.43 cm)


Groups/elements 14/19
Diaphragm blades 9
Minimum focus distance 1.64' (50 cm)
Camera mount type Nikon F
Focal length 28 - 300 mm
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Magnification 0.32x
Angle of view 74° - 8°
DX Picture Angle: 53° - 5°
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:3.12


Image stabilization Yes
Tripod collar No
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
14 January 2014

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a sharp, compact walkaround lens, but it shows quite a lot of distortion throughout its zoom range.

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    Sharp throughout zoom range. 10.7x zoom ratio. Optical stabilization. Relatively compact.

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    Loads of distortion. Soft edges at maximum aperture.

What digital camera.32818507
2 April 2013

With a nearly 11x zoom range this brand new addition to Nikon's line-up is clearly worthy of serious attention...

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    Excellent all in one lens

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    Wide open MTF at 28mm

Layers magazine.34752053
7 June 2011

Nikon has answered the call of FX (full-frame) camera users to provide a lens comparable to their ultra-popular NIKKOR AF-S 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II DX-format lens with their new AF-S 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR.

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    Great focal range in one lens

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    What’s not to like?

1 November 2011

Is Nikon's new 28-300mm the ideal travel lens for FX format cameras? Here Gary Wolstenholme puts the lens through its paces.

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    Good optical performance for a lens of this type, Fast silent focusing, Vibration reduction is very effective, Build quality

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    Maybe a bit on the pricey side, Distortion at 28mm and 300mm

Photozone de.34752480
9 September 2011

Anyone considering a super zoom should be aware of the fact that any such lens is full of compromises to achieve the huge focal range. This is, unfortunately, especially true for the Nikon AF-S 28-300 VR.

D photo and the photographer s mail.34355142
4 May 2011

The main advantage of an interchangeable lens camera is obviously its interchangeable lenses, which theoretically allow photographers to use the correct lens for any specific subject or conditions.

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    Long zoom range, Effective image stabilization, Very sharp, Perfect for FX sensor bodies

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    Size and weight, Obvious distortion

Lenstip com.34355424
14 November 2010

If you only compare the number of pros and cons, you can see that the Nikkor 28-300 mm VR, although bigger, heavier and more expensive, is worse than the best 18-200 mm class lenses. It only shows that full frame forces constructors of such big zooms to face really serious problems.

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    wide and useful focal lengths range,, good build quality,, very good image quality in the frame centre,, slight distortion on DX sensor,, low astigmatism,, vignetting on DX sensor not bothersome at all,, efficient image stabilization,, silent and relatively accurate autofocus.

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    weak image quality on the edge of DX and full frame as well,, very high distortion on full frame,, high chromatic aberration at longer focal lengths,, significant coma in full frame corners,, noticeable problems during work against bright light.

23 September 2010

A convenient 10.7x superzoom lens with Vibration reduction suitable for use on Nikon FX format cameras.

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    Good optical performance for a lens of this type, Fast silent focusing, Vibration reduction is very effective, Build quality

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    Maybe a bit on the pricey side, Distortion at 28mm and 300mm

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
16 November 2016

I reviewed this lens about two years ago and I need to update the review after extensive use. I continue to read how this lens is a compromise of design, maybe so! Reviewers state several reason why they feel that way so I will write why it is so good.

3 weeks ago

An excellent zoom lens that delivers good crisp photos. I have had the lens for only a week or so. No extensive photographing as yet.

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    Like the output.

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    A bit heavy but worth the cost!

6 July 2017

This has become my everyday lens since purchasing it over a year ago. I had hoped to use it to fill in the gaps in my lens collection but to my surprise, I find myself reaching for my other lenses less and less.To put it simply, the 28-300mm is not a "replace every lens in your bag" solution.

3 December 2015

If you can have just one lens,this is it!! Ken Rockwell said this lens is sharp through out its entire zoom range and he was right! I do a lot of landscape shots and this lens can go pretty wide at 28mm,then you can zoom big time to capture things that look a long way away and bring them in...

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    Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality

Abt electronics.32817785
22 December 2015

I have had this lens a little less than a month. It is a touch heavy but it takes fabulous pictures. I highly recommend it.

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    Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization

Photography review.34752477
16 November 2013

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.

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    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...

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    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.

13 November 2011

I owned the Nikon 18-200mm which I enjoyed and was sharp to about 120mm but was soft at the long end. The 28-300mm is a much sharper lens and is sharp from 200-300mm. I'm really enjoying this lens and can't believe how good the build quality is. There is no lens creep like the 18-200mm.

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    Awesome optics, Not soft on long end, No lens creep, Psuedo macro, Excellent Build Quality, Fantastic clarity

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24 August 2012

It is definately heavier than most lenses of this range. The lens has very smooth zoom but it is firm. I personally like the stiffness as i had a Tameron comperable lens and every time it hung down the lens zoom would extend itself to full length and then unveriably you would bang it.

Shopping com.33655990
27 December 2011

Beautiful results for amatuer and Professional photographers

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    Solid Construction, Zoom Lock and Sharp Images

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    Slightly Heavy if used with Neck Straps

8 March 2011

Great multiple-purpose lens. The following is one hundred characters required for an eBay review. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Product Highlights
  • FX-Format Zoom
  • VR II Image Stabilization
  • Focus to 18" at Any Focal Length
  • Zoom Lock Switch
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Internal Focus (IF)
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-50 Bayonet Lens Hood for 28-300mm Lens
  • CL-1120 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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