An excellent walk around lens. Can't beat the sharpness of a prime, but makes up in full in terms of versatility. A great choice to take on a trip, instead of lugging around a huge bag of different lenses. This lens and perhaps a compact wide angle prime are really all one needs on a day-to-day basis.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
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Lens rental package includes: Front cap, rear cap, UV filter, and lens hood.
On an FX body, the AF-S 28-300 ED VR covers nearly every aspect of travel, landscape, and portrait photography - including those elusive distant subjects. On a DX-format camera, the apparent focal length gets a 1.5x bump and it turns into a long-range ace-up-the-sleeve. The VR II image stabilization allows you to handhold the your camera at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture.
For critical focusing-moments the lens has a M/A focus mode switch that allows the photographer to quickly change between manual and autofocus modes. The autofocusing is remarkably smooth and quiet - thanks to Nikon's silent wave motor system. The aperture diaphragm boasts no fewer than 9 blades that produce a rounded opening - a feature that will be greatly appreciated by bokeh-lovers everywhere!
The lens elements have been treated with Nikon's Super Integrated Coating - an optical lens coating process that maximizes light transmission while enhancing clarity and contrast. All of these world-class features add up to the AF-S 28-300 ED VR being a go-to lens for just about every adventure.
Great walk around lens. Rented for a Maine vacation, and the versatility was perfect for switching between kids, landscapes, snapshots, etc. Was disappointed in how dirty the paticular lens I rented was. Left flecks and debris all over my images. My camera body (D700) was clean, sensor clean, and I thoroughly cleaned off the lens and accompanying filter, but I still got images consistently littered with dust and "strings." Switched to my own lenses and no debris. Disappointing to have to doctor every single image I took with this lens to remove all the flecks from what were otherwise beautiful images.
Overall great walkaround lens. Images are fairly sharp with great bokeh. The focal length is ideal as a single lens for your outings. The problem, however, when going to 300mm is that you'll most likely need a tripod, or VR on with a very steady hand. In addition, there is lens creep from either fully extended or fully collapsed. I highly recommend using the 28mm lock on the lens. I used the lens on a Black Rapid strap and the lock switch was vital. All in all, the image quality and color rendition are great. The lens is heavy, but it's much lighter than carrying a bag with lenses covering that large focal range.