Another 28-300 test

Started Oct 16, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Another 28-300 test
Oct 16, 2010

I just posted a lot of samples from the 28-300 VRII here

I was going to post all the same images here, but after finishing the post at Fredmiranda that seems like too much work.

My take-aways were:

  • This is a pretty good lens -- yielding acceptable images wide open and good images at f8 or f11 on my D3

  • It's surprisingly contrasty with decent color rendition

  • CA is very well controlled

  • The VR II works much better than I expected, with images in the viewfinder stabilizing amazingly well

  • The close-up abilities of the lens are very surprising in the field, you can get right up to stuff and it's no issue at all

  • The bokeh is surprisingly nice

  • It's pleasing to use, focusing smartly and accurately the first time, and with a nice stiff, but not too stiff, zoom ring

The main drawback is that when I first looked at the RAW images (with 0 sharpening) they looked quite soft. But they "take sharpening" very well, and with about 40 points of sharpening in LR3, they look a lot like pictures taken with my better lenses and 20 points of sharpening.

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