Thinking of getting nikon 28-300, How good is it

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Araldite
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Thinking of getting nikon 28-300, How good is it
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Going overseas later in year, thinking of getting this lens, cruising along the rine, castles in the distance as long as riverside shots. Might take a 20 mm or 24 mm for around the towns when I have time to change lens

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Many threads on this topic; I suggest you do a search.  Your problem that 28 is not wide enough is a common one.

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http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53524134

I use one for just this sort of issue.  Not the best quality, but can't beat the versatility for a vacation.

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Had it, loved it on my D700, sold it cause I needed $ for another lens (24-70G f2.8). Now I wish I never would have sold it.
I very happy with the 24-70, but I wish I wouldn't have sold the 28-300 to get it. It's a fantastic lens for general, travel, or light load situations.
I'm on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN right now and wish I had it to use with my D800!
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A year ago I bought my D800 and since I had little $$$ left for FX lenses, I bought this one. Since then, I have added a few 2.8's to my bag but the trusty old 28-300 still sits on my D800 90% of the time. I currently print up to 24x36 and plan to try for 30x45 prints. I think you will be impressed by this 'little lens'...Brent

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If you buy one from B&H you have 30 days to return it for full credit. I did this and after testing the lens with my D3 decided to keep it. Much better to use your eyes than the opinions of others. Worst case you have to pay the shipping to send the lens back.

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Very versatile lens and quite adequate quality, see my gallery for sampples, Peter

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Some distortion at the wide end and some softness at the long one, for the rest it's a very good performer for price/range/size, I would take it along a wide fixed focal and the 50mm for dim light shots.

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Araldite wrote:

Going overseas later in year, thinking of getting this lens, cruising along the rine, castles in the distance as long as riverside shots. Might take a 20 mm or 24 mm for around the towns when I have time to change lens

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It's a really nice lens as long as you keep it at f/8 and lower. If you shoot at f/3.5 and f/5.6 you'll be so disappointed you'll wonder why you bought the lens. It has a hot spot in the middle when shot wide open and it basically looks horrible. However, at f/8 and lower, it's quite nice and sharp as a tack. I did a comparison shot between the 28-300 set at 180mm f/11 and a Hasselblad CFV 180mm f/4 at f/11. The 28-300 was sharper and resolved more detail at 100% pixel peeping. Quite nice. However, medium format lenses were always considered less sharp than their 35mm counterparts, so I was probably seeing that.

Overall, it's a nice lens. I wouldn't give it up. Since there are other threads about 28-300, you may have already seen these pictures I took with the lens. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nathantw/sets/72157627518315711/

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Thanks for taking the time to share some of your photo's, very much appreciated

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Ok, so I upgraded to the 16-35mm, 105mm Macro and the 80-400mm. Now I really want to get rid of the 28-300mm, should I or do photographers somehow do see a need to keep this lens in their kit?

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there are a lot of variations for this lens in the market.

just make sure you have a lens align to calibrate your lenses at your most use focal lengths...

and i was lucky my 28-300 was a good copy. it's quite sharp in the centre, while the extreme corner rather soft at 50-100mm. but at 28-35mm and 120-300mm, the extreme corners are good enough.

i have both 24-120mm f/4vr and 28-300mm.

and for traveling, i often grab this one instead of 24-120.

combined with D800, 28 f/1.8, 85 f/1.8, and sometimes 16-35 f4. total only weights 3,1kg (not including the bag:)

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SxeHunKA77 wrote:

Ok, so I upgraded to the 16-35mm, 105mm Macro and the 80-400mm. Now I really want to get rid of the 28-300mm, should I or do photographers somehow do see a need to keep this lens in their kit?

Yes.  Reduced weight and bulk.

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Araldite wrote:

Going overseas later in year, thinking of getting this lens, cruising along the rine, castles in the distance as long as riverside shots. Might take a 20 mm or 24 mm for around the towns when I have time to change lens

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I almost did that myself....but went a different route, which ended up being better for me personally, but might not be better for you.
By carrying this lens, but keeping the 24mm in the bag to be able to switch out if 28mm is not wide enough you are covering your bases....BUT....I find that for me personally I use the wide and normal end 90% of the time...and rarely need the long stuff.  So, it would also work to get a zoom that covers more of the wide end and carry an additional lens for the longer end to attach if you need longer
So, another option (the option I chose to go with) is to get a Nikon 24-85mm and a Tamron 70-300 Vc
When I'm walking around, hiking, sight-seeing, etc.........I very very rarely find myself needing anything longer than 85mm.....but I do quite often find myself needing 24mm and something starting at 28mm just wouldn't do for me.
The combination of the two lenses, is still about the same price as the 28-300mm lens......but they are both sharper throughout the entire focal range.
The only disadvantage is weight.....although they are quite a bit lighter than some of the fast zooms like the 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 or 70-200mm f/2.8...the two combined would still be a little more weight than just carrying the 28-300.
However, the advantages are:
1.) You gain the range from 24-28mm that you are missing with the other.

2.) You are getting quite a bit sharper images at every focal length from 24mm-300mm with those two lenses than with the 28mm-300mm.

Now, if you find yourself shooting above 85mm a lot more than I do...so that you are changing back and forth between the two lenses a lot...it might not be worth it....but I gotta say...I've been very happy with this combination as my light travel combo.

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