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Great Lens for FX (and hands-on review),
This review is from: Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR (Camera)
I pre-ordered this lens when it was first announced and received my copy about a week ago. On receipt I did a quick test against other lenses. Since then, I've been using the lens on my Nikon D700 (FX format) body to make images for publication. I am really liking the lens; it fits right in with my intended use. Following is the review that "fits" here; There is a lot more including comparison images posted on my blog at [...].
I am a working professional who shoots primarily destination and travel photographs while on the move. I shoot a lot in foreign destinations and on a budget, where I need to travel light and don't want to make myself a lucrative target (festooned with lots of camera gear). I also don't have the weight allowance, enough hands, or the desire to carry extra camera bodies or swap lenses for each and every shot (that is, if I can possibly avoid it). When traveling, I am usually out exploring and must carry all my gear for the whole day, "sun-up to sundown" (along with water, map, guidebook, jacket, etc., etc., and etc.). In the field I often carry a few lenses to cover the situations I expect through a whole day of touring, but I normally have one "walking around" lens on my camera when I go exploring. This new 28-300mm zoom lens is shaping up to be my go-to travel and "walking around" lens. For me, this lens effectively replaces the 18-200mm DX lens that was once my favorite before I upgraded from DX to FX.
My copy of this lens produces images that are contrasty and sharp to the eye at just about every focal length; Overall image quality is quite good across the entire zoom range. There is very little light fall-off from center to edges at all focal lengths. My copy turns out clear, consistent results with very little effort and no more than my usual semi-automatic adjustments and tweaks in photo management software. So far, I have not noticed much flare (though of course there is some, especially when shooting with the lens pointed upwards and toward the sun). I haven't yet calibrated for a lens profile, but at first blush it looks to me like any correction needed will be easily managed in Adobe (or other software). I would be comfortable submitting results from this lens for publication at almost all focal lengths -- in fact, it is better than other lenses I have used in the past for images that have recently ended up on mass-market magazine covers. Based on my testing and experience to date, I expect this lens will become a favorite.
In short: Recommended. For the price (right about $1,000), there is really no competition. If you're looking for an all-in-one zoom in this range, just get it. (However, note: If you are using a DX-format camera, you might better consider the excellent DX equivalent, the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DX-Format Digital SLR Cameras. The DX 18-200mm lens provides the same effective zoom range in DX format as this 28-300mm does for FX cameras, and it is really very sharp and highly considered. I'd still have mine if I hadn't gone up to an FX-format body.)
If you would like to read more about the new 28-300mm (including side-by-side comparison with other Nikon lenses in a semi-controlled test), you are welcome to read the whole review posted on my blog at thePhotoTourist.com. (There's really way too much detail -- including comparison images -- to stick it all into an Amazon review.) If you're interested, my hands-on review post is at [...].
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2011 4:27:13 PM PDT
Brendan T. O'Bryan says:
Richard, thank you for your review. I'm just developing a keen interest in photography so I'm a little behind in certain respects. In this case, I wasn't aware of the optimized lens considerations as a camera body may be DX which would indicate a DX lens would be more effective than an FX lens. I still don't know the difference between DX and FX but suppose I'll figure that out now. Thanks for the tip on getting the DX 18-200mm lens if you've got a DX-format camera. You saved me a few drachmas because I was about the purchase the FX-format 28-300mm.
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