Hi All, I am a new Nikonian. Also, new to Nikon stuff (have always had Canon) and am a casual hobbiest trying to get more serious. Recently bought a D600 and for a 'walk around' lens, when I could only take one, bought the Nikon 28-300. Photozone doesn't think much of it and I know a broad zoom such as this must carry compromises but I have read several positive posts here on the lens. I would appreciate comments by current users re what do you feel the limitations are- such things as soft from 250mm or distortion at 28mm etc. I haven't used the lens yet (here in Chicago we have two more months of SNOW) but if I recognize it's limitations from the outset I, hopefully, will be happier with it in the long run. Will appreciate any comments/advice.
I am very satisfied with this lens for what it's for. In other words, it would not be your ultimate portrait lens, or wide angle,or low light lens. It isn't a $2000 lens!But for what it is,it is remarkably good.
If you go to this gallery (http://www.pbase.com/lmmiller9/merlefest_2011) most of the photos were taken with this lens on the D700. This is a perfect case where it was the ideal lens. For three days I walked around this bluegrass festival, often shooting far from the stage, and in very different light situations, and I didn't want to carry around the weight of three or four different lenses that might have been ideal for any one situation. I think it did great!
I don't think that the 28-300VR has limitations other than its nature of superzoom! To make a déjà-vu analogy, a Swiss-army knife has a screwdriver or a corkscrew that both do the job - but if you have the space in your bag for a set of proper screwdrivers and a corkscrew, take them!
More seriously, it has distortion - but LR has a module that corrects it pretty nicely, and so do DxO and of course Nikon Capture NX. It is not really wide-open, but cameras can make good images at up to 6400 ISO and more that we wouldn't have dreamt of only 5 years ago.
And yes, it is a tad less good optically speaking from about 250mm on, but nothing too bad if you can close it a stop down.
So in the end it will do the job, especially if you understand that you are buying a "do-it-all" and not a specialized, 2000-dollar lens with an aperture of f/1.4!
Hope this helps
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I keep this lens for exactly the purpose you describe. Outdoor, in good light, I generally find it acceptable. It certainly won't deliver the IQ of the better lenses. But it is a good solution when you can only carry one lens or can't really change lenses.
As a fellow Chicagoan, I hope you are ready for our latest snow storm tomorrow!
I bought this lens as soon as it came out and it is great for a walk around lens. I used it extensively on a trip to China with my D700, and it was great for all kinds of situations. As everyone else noted it won't give you the IQ Of many of the better lenses, But I find it great in good light
I have a few of the China pictures in my gallery if you want to take a look.
Looks like we're going to get some of the snow you've been experiencing!
I concur with the above Nikonians. I use the 28-300 often as a walk around lens on either the D600 or D800. Very pleased with what I get. I keep it stopped down to 5.6 on the wider end and 8.0 on the tele end.
For my more serious photography, I use the 16-35, 24-120 and 70-200+ TC-1.7 (All lenses are the f/4 versions).