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Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

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  • Versatile 10.7x zoom lens with ED glass and VR II image stabilization
  • Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
  • 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements; 3 Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF APS-C / DX 35mm FF APS-C / DX
Maximum Aperture Range F3.5 - F5.6 F3.5 - F5.6 F4.0 F3.5 - F6.3
Min Aperture 38 32 22 0 f
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 mm 77 mm 77 mm 67 mm
Minimum Operating Distance 0.5 meters 0.45 meters 0.45 meters 0.48 meters
Item Weight 1.76 pounds 1.83 pounds 1.57 pounds 1.21 pounds
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A powerful zoom lens optimized for FX-format cameras, the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR offers outstanding sharpness for a broad zoom range while maintaining an f/5.6 aperture at the telephoto end. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.5 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. A remarkably versatile zoom lens best suited for travel and other outdoor applications.

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An ideal one-lens solution for FX-format D-SLRs, featuring a broad 10.7x zoom range, close focus to 18 inches at every focal length and VR II image stabilization for handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture.

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

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens Highlights
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Versatile 10.7x zoom lens with ED glass and VR II image stabilization
Versatile zoom lens offers a broad focal length range that's perfect for travel, landscapes, portraits and distant subjects.

Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs
DX-format D-SLR angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 42-450mm in FX/35mm format.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.

2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.

3 Aspherical Lens Elements
Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.

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

Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.

M/A Focus Mode Switch
Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation.

Internal Focus (IF)
Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

Zoom Lock Switch
Secures the lens barrel at its minimum focal length preventing the lens from extending during transport.
Focus to 18 inches at any focal length
Extends versatility.

Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.


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  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B003ZSHNEA
  • Item model number: 2191
  • National Stock Number: 6760-01-593-3585
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 17, 2010

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402 of 414 people found the following review helpful By S. Heck on September 9, 2010
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Received this lens 2 days ago and took it around town and to a baseball game to try it out on my D700. Overall I am very pleased with it. The zoom range allows for great flexibility, the autofocus is fast, VR II superb as on other Nikon lenses. While the zoom is not as loose as the early 18-200mm lenses, you do need the included lock for it not to creep if you carry the lens pointed down on your camera. The weight of the lens as other reviewers say is quite comfortable - mine with clear protective filter comes in at 860g, just a touch heavier than the 70-300mm but not something you'd noticed without a scale. Build quality is very solid.

I tested this lens against my 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR and the 16-35mm f4 VR and overall I was pleasantly surprised how well the new lens did. Three things potential buyers should be aware of:
1) while the lens is listed as 28-300mm it seems to be neither quite 28mm (the angle of view is slightly narrower than the 16-35mm set to 28mm), nor does it quite extend to 300mm (the 70-300mm gets a bit more enlargement). This is not a big issue in normal use since you'd never know the difference without a side by side comparison, but if you're buying the lens specifically for either extreme of the range be aware of this. I don't have equipment to test so you'll have to wait for professional reviews to tell you exactly what the actual range is in mm.

2) while overall I'm very pleased with the quality - no ghosting during shots I took at the ballgame despite not having Nanocoating - when you compare side by side it is not as sharp as either of the other lenses and has, as is to be expected given the zoom range, more distortion.
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437 of 460 people found the following review helpful By Anthony V. Loh on September 19, 2010
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I am a seasoned hobbyist, who is a frequent visitor to national parks. I have recently gotten myself a copy of this lens.

1.) Basis of this lens review

I use Nikon D300S and D90 so my review will be based on DX format of Nikon's camera.

I do not intend to provide review on the technical aspect of this lens as I am not a professional reviewer. I am sure you will get plenty of technical reviews from many other websites.

This review will be based on my day-to-day photography experience.

2.) Compare it to: -

Nikkor 70-300mm VR and Nikkor 18-200mm VRII, both of which I also own.

I acknowledge that the 28-300mm is not directly comparable to 70-300mm and 18-200mm, but due to the overlaps of the focal range, many people will try to draw a comparison among them and decide whether they should keep the existing ones they have or sell them to get this one, instead.

2.1 Size and build

The 28-300mm is relatively compact considered the focal range it covers. It is shorter than the 70-300mm when "folded". They are about the same length when fully extended. The 28-300mm is a bit heavier. The 28-300mm uses a 77mm filter size, which is common for most pro-grade lenses. It is about the same size as the 18-200mm but heavier.

2.2 Image quality

I tested the 28-300mm against the 70-300mm and 18-200mm at three different focal lengths: 70mm, 200mm, and 300mm. I set my ISO to 200, aperture at f8 and f11, all on a tripod with VR turned off. Some of my subjects were 15 m/50 ft or more from where I stand, some were 5 m/16.7 ft, some were 1.5 - 3 m/5 - 10ft, and some were as close of 0.5 m/1.67 ft.
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222 of 237 people found the following review helpful By Mark Makowski on September 5, 2010
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I'm an advanced amateur photographer shooting landscapes, nature, animals, fast cars and faster jets. I've owned Nikon DSLR's and lenses for the past five years, always upgrading as I make new purchases. I use a Nikon D300 camera body. I bought this lens to replace the Nikon 18-200mm, even though I gave up some range on the low end. As soon as I opened the box I could tell by the weight and feel of it that it is a high quality lens. I started taking a variety of shots of my dogs, inside, outside, and in a park. I was very happy with the results - even my wife complimented me on the pictures which is hard to come by. I used it last night, in the dark, zoomed all the way out to take a few shots at an outdoor symphony concert, with the ISO set at 3200. I didn't use a tripod since there wasn't room; I handheld it so I didn't expect good results. I'm amazed at the sharpness of the images. The VR II works as advertised too. Today I took it out to run it through a few comparison shots to see how well it works under nature/landscape settings on a tripod and handheld. I also took some images to merge into HDR images. The results were crystal clear and exceptionally fast set at ISO 200, even zoomed out to the max. Although it weights more than the Nikon 18-200mm lens, it's a fair exchange for the speed, reach, and clarity that result. I'm planning out my weekends around using this lens at a NASCAR race, air show, and fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley. This lens is well worth the price; I highly recommend it.
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