Nikon 28-300mm VR Second Lens Sample Test

One of our readers, Nicholas, was kind enough to send his copy of the Nikon 28-300mm lens to me to perform some additional testing and compare his version with mine. The first copy of the 28-300 he obtained was soft, so he sent it back and got it replaced with a different one that was much sharper. Since some of the reviews on the Internet praise the 28-300mm so much, I thought that mine was a bad copy, so I really wanted to perform another test with another sample.

My findings and head-to-head comparisons are posted on the 4th page of the Nikon 28-300mm Review. I also added one more comparison against the Nikon 70-300mm VR that you can find on the 10th page of the same review.

I am also almost done with the Nikon 55-300mm DX VR Lens review, which I’m hoping to post tomorrow night.

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  1. 1
    ) Del-Uks

    Thank you very much Nasim Mansurov for the update (especially for the comparaison with the 70-300 VR).

    I like my 70-300 very much, but I might want to sell it and get a 28-300 however just to travel light. Except from the lens breathing problem, it seems that the 28-300 performs quite well against the 70-300. Tough decision.
    OK, according to your test, this one is probably not a “killer super sharp” lens but, nevertheless, its range can be very usefull.

    The 28-300 alongside with my beloved 14-24 and a good prime for portrait (85mm f/1.4 or 135mm f/2 DC, depending of my mood) could be the perfect trio for travelling (at least a lighter option than my usual 14-24, 24-70, 70-300 + portrait prime set).

    Anyway, I’ll wait for your 24-120 f/4 review before making my final decision… the sooner the better ;-)

    • You are most welcome Del-Uks!

      Yes, surprisingly, the 28-300mm performs well against the 70-300mm. The 28-300mm is certainly a good lens for travel where you cannot frequently change lenses. The Nikon 24-120mm will be delivered tomorrow morning and I will be testing it during the next two weeks in a real environment.

  2. 3
    ) peter dinella

    I will be most anxious to see your review of the 24-120 v. the 28-300. I shoot mainly in the 24-120 range, but one of your “net-competitor reviewers” is suggesting that the 28-300 is the same as the 24-120 and less expensive. Being a 5o year Nikon purchaser, I find it difficult to believe that Nikon would produce the 24-120 without some benefits over the 28-300. I hope your review will address this.

    • Peter, I apologize for not being able to respond to your comment, but I believe we already exchanged some comments on the 24-120mm review ;-)

      Have a wonderful day!

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