Nikon 28-300mm or Tamron 70-300mm?

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Nikon 28-300mm or Tamron 70-300mm?
May 25, 2012

I currently use a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (non-VR) as a second lens on my Nikon D7000. For outdoor use, I have no complaints whatsoever, I always use shutter priority set to 1/500 (1/(1.5*focal length)) or faster and the results are OK. The problem is when I use the lens indoor such as in a concert or sports event since it lacks VR.

I am thinking of replacing it with a VR-equipped lens. Since I may migrate to full-frame in the future (thinking D600 when it comes out at US$1,500), I prefer an FX lens. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR would normally be the logical choice but I find it too expensive for its focal range - if I were to choose it, I might as well stretch the budget a bit more and get the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

If on the other hand I decide to go low budget, I am thinking of the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC which is far cheaper than the Nikon 70-300mm VR and is in my opinion more acceptable price-wise for its zoom range.

What are your experiences and thoughts on the Nikon 28-300mm VR and Tamron 70-300mm VC? Thanks.

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Re: Nikon 28-300mm or Tamron 70-300mm?
In reply to gerry328, May 25, 2012

I have the Nikon 28-300 and my buddy has the Tammy. We both have gone on simple day-cations here in Fl mouse land with our D700's. In my unqualified, enthusiast, semi-pro opinion; the Tammy is good, no doubt, but the Nikon is the sure winner. Not just because I own it, but because I judge it based on general IQ. These categories of super zooms are very hard to micro-compare. Each seems to have their own place in barrel distortion, sharpness, contrast, etc. The Nikon 28-300 is my overall go to lens for vacation walkaround. With my Nikon 28-300 I find the versatility unparalleled, the IQ is excellent, and whatever shortcomings the lens has, I can usually tweak it in post. I've juked around trying to cheap out with 3rd party budget lenses only to find out that it's one big mistake. Glass is the key investment in my opinion, not the camera body.

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gerry328 wrote:

I currently use a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (non-VR) as a second lens on my Nikon D7000.

What's your first lens?

I am thinking of replacing it with a VR-equipped lens. Since I may migrate to full-frame in the future (thinking D600 when it comes out at US$1,500), I prefer an FX lens. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR would normally be the logical choice but I find it too expensive for its focal range - if I were to choose it, I might as well stretch the budget a bit more and get the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

There is a significant price difference and I don't think that the 28-300 is any sharper.

If on the other hand I decide to go low budget, I am thinking of the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC which is far cheaper than the Nikon 70-300mm VR and is in my opinion more acceptable price-wise for its zoom range.

Yes but it won't hold its value as well.

What are your experiences and thoughts on the Nikon 28-300mm VR and Tamron 70-300mm VC? Thanks.

I would go with the 70-300 VR which is a proven lens. In addition the 28-300 is not wide enough for DX.

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In reply to gerry328, May 26, 2012

Thanks for your comments and insights. My primary lens is the standard D7000 kit lens, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR so I am covered at the low end regardless of which other lens I select. Based on your feedback plus the fact that I hate changing lenses in the field as much as possible, I might likely choose the Nikon 28-300mm VR lens.

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gerry328 wrote:

I currently use a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (non-VR) as a second lens on my Nikon D7000. For outdoor use, I have no complaints whatsoever, I always use shutter priority set to 1/500 (1/(1.5*focal length)) or faster and the results are OK. The problem is when I use the lens indoor such as in a concert or sports event since it lacks VR.

What are your experiences and thoughts on the Nikon 28-300mm VR and Tamron 70-300mm VC? Thanks.

Strictly for indoor concerts and sports I would not choose either lens. Vr will not help you because you will still need a fast shutter speed to freeze the action. I have the Tamron and use it for ice skating events but it is a compromise. A 2.8 zoom with or without vr would help me keep the shutter speed where it needs to be. That might be out of your budget, but speed is a primary concern shooting indoors.

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I did much research on both the Nikon 70-300 VR and the Tamron VC version. I decided to go with the Tamron as I was able to purchase for $349 after rebate. Plus, the pictures from the Tamron do appear to be sharper when compared to the Nikon, especially at 300mm. I'm very happy with the lens.

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gerry328 wrote:

I am thinking of replacing it with a VR-equipped lens. Since I may migrate to full-frame in the future (thinking D600 when it comes out at US$1,500), I prefer an FX lens. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR would normally be the logical choice but I find it too expensive for its focal range - if I were to choose it, I might as well stretch the budget a bit more and get the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

Do you actually think that Nikon is coming out with a $1500 full frame camera? That makes no sense at all to me. Even at $2000 the body would probably not be as good as your D7000.

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What are your experiences and thoughts on the Nikon 28-300mm VR and Tamron 70-300mm VC? Thanks.

I have and use the Nikon 28-300 VR lens. It is great for flexibility in FL. It works on both my D7000 and D700. It's my go-to camera for long day walk abouts, hiking, crowded events and holidays, sometimes paired with Tokina 11-16 for WA.

http://jbipix.com/?s=28-300

I also have the 70-300 VR bought a number of years ago. It is also a great lens but lacks flexibility in FL. I am currently selling it locally as it no longer sees much use. It's not the Tamron but at least shows a similar choice.

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28-300 versus 70-300 will be an apple to orange comparsion. Generally the IQ of 3x-4x zoom over a 10x zoom will be superior.

As to cost if you are going to 1K and want indoor shots I'd say spring for a 2.8 zoom like the Tamron/Sigma. If IQ is a priority Tamron, if focus a Sigma. The 70-200 VRI is good 2.8 but will likely run you about 1.6K used, but worth the investment.

Make sure that VR is what you need and not both aperture and fast shutter speed for indoor action. Maybe even a fast prime might be what you are looking for.

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I cannot comment on the 28-300mm b/c I don't own it. I use a 18-200mm for my superzoom on my D7000.

When I decided to get a 70-300mm for sports, I compared the 70-300mm VR with the Tamron 70-300 VC. I picked the Tamron and price was not part of the consideration. I have been very happy with it. No complaints whatsoever.

gerry328 wrote:

Thanks for your comments and insights. My primary lens is the standard D7000 kit lens, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR so I am covered at the low end regardless of which other lens I select. Based on your feedback plus the fact that I hate changing lenses in the field as much as possible, I might likely choose the Nikon 28-300mm VR lens.

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In reply to John_I, May 28, 2012

Nice samples. While the 70-300mm VR looks a tad sharper than the 28-300mm VR (as expected given their focal range difference), the question for me is if it is enough to offset the convenience of minimized lens swapping in the field. Thanks!

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On the Nikon 28-300, does it have any issues with dark corners or anything like that? I have heard that's an issue with the 24-120 f/4 lens, was wondering if the 28-300 has the same issue on a FX camera.

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I can't comment on the Nikon 28-300, but I did a number of comparisons on the Nikon 70-300 vs. the Tamron 70-300. They both fared comparably, with the Tamron better at 300mm IMHO. The price plus rebate sold me on the Tamron. However, for indoor sports I don't think either 70-300 would be your best bet. Something in the 2.8 range would do you better. At your price point, I would look into the Tamron or Sigma products.

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gerry328 wrote:

Thanks for your comments and insights. My primary lens is the standard D7000 kit lens, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR so I am covered at the low end regardless of which other lens I select. Based on your feedback plus the fact that I hate changing lenses in the field as much as possible, I might likely choose the Nikon 28-300mm VR lens.

The superzooms do offer amazing FL flexibility, but the thing is that they seem to be better at the wide end than at the long end. At least I know this is so with the 18-200VR. At the long end you get obviously lower contrast & sharpness, and there is considerable vignetting. I think having the 18-105VR plus the 28-300VR doesn't make any sense. I think a 70-300VR Nikkor or Tamron is a better choice.

Even if you get that D600 I don't think the 28-300VR is a wise choice. Lugging a full-frame around makes sense only with dedication to quality, with good lenses. Even DX DSLRs with superzooms are becoming kinda last-century with the rise of EVILs If you hate changing lenses and don't care that much for quality, get yourself the 18-200VR; I think I heard rumors about an 18-300VR Or get a 30+* compact superzoom, no changing lenses ever

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Does anybody use the Nikon 1.7x with the Tamron 70-300or Nikon 28-300/70-300??

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Last time I looked and had the Nikon 28-300 on my D800 it had HEAVY focal breathing and did not deliver anything close to 300mm or even 200mm at closer distances while the 70-300 from Tamron and Nikon do.

If you want 300mm at closer distances forget the 28-300mm.

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gerry328 wrote:

I currently use a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (non-VR) as a second lens on my Nikon D7000. For outdoor use, I have no complaints whatsoever, I always use shutter priority set to 1/500 (1/(1.5*focal length)) or faster and the results are OK. The problem is when I use the lens indoor such as in a concert or sports event since it lacks VR.

I am thinking of replacing it with a VR-equipped lens. Since I may migrate to full-frame in the future (thinking D600 when it comes out at US$1,500), I prefer an FX lens. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR would normally be the logical choice but I find it too expensive for its focal range - if I were to choose it, I might as well stretch the budget a bit more and get the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

If on the other hand I decide to go low budget, I am thinking of the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC which is far cheaper than the Nikon 70-300mm VR and is in my opinion more acceptable price-wise for its zoom range.

What are your experiences and thoughts on the Nikon 28-300mm VR and Tamron 70-300mm VC? Thanks.

I have tried both and will get Tamron 70-300 over Nikon 28-300 any day, unless you really need that focal length range. Tamron is a really good lens for the price.

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In reply to gerry328, Nov 21, 2012

In my experience for most casual sports shooting with a crop body, 200mm should be enough reach (300mm on 35mm). I also know I do not want to haul around a 80-200 or 70-200 F2.8. They are too heavy for me to hand hold for very long (tried one in the store). Maybe for stronger people this isn't an issue?

So my solution which was under 1K was to get the 70-300 tamron with rebate and then I got a nice 180 f2.8D AF lens from KEH. So I have a fast fairly light lens for when I do need a fast lens (270mm equiv) and the other zoom to cover the range with VC when it would be effective. Plus the shots I have seen from the 180 f2.8 have great bokeh, I don't think the 70-300 nikkor or the tamron are known for that.

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In reply to gerry328, Nov 21, 2012

In my experience for most casual sports shooting with a crop body, 200mm should be enough reach (300mm on 35mm). I also know I do not want to haul around a 80-200 or 70-200 F2.8. They are too heavy for me to hand hold for very long (tried one in the store). Maybe for stronger people this isn't an issue?

So my solution which was under 1K was to get the 70-300 tamron with rebate and then I got a nice 180 f2.8D AF lens from KEH. So I have a fast fairly light lens for when I do need a fast lens (270mm equiv) and the other zoom to cover the range with VC when it would be effective. Plus the shots I have seen from the 180 f2.8 have great bokeh, I don't think the 70-300 nikkor or the tamron are known for that.

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In reply to Stacey_K, Nov 27, 2012

I used the Nikon 55-200 on a D5100 this weekend for sports. Sitting in the stands, it was not enough reach for certain parts of the field.  I think 300 is needed. If you are standing on the sidelines, then 200 is enough.

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