Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 5.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window).

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 90.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 160.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 160.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 250.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 122.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 85.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 92.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 180.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 38.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s

Verdict

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.

Distortion is very pronounced at almost any focal length, vignetting is somewhat on the high side, too, which is also true for CAs. Sharpness in the image center is good, but not great, especially towards the long end, and border and corners can be very soft at many focal length and aperture settings. So, optically, the lens does not really convince.

Mechanically however, there's not much to complain about. The build quality is ok and in line with other consumer grade Nikkor lenses. VR II works as promised and AF, although a bit slow, works almost silently.

So, in the end its a matter of balancing whether the convenience factor of such a lens outweighs its shortcomings. For many it might, but anyone shooting both sensor sizes will probably be better off with the 18-200 VR II on his or her DX camera.

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