Nikon 28-300mm VR - Is Focus Breathing an issue if I only need Headshots and nothing smaller?

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ohcello Senior Member • Posts: 1,630
Nikon 28-300mm VR - Is Focus Breathing an issue if I only need Headshots and nothing smaller?

So I'm seriously considering the 28-300mm as my outdoor and/or "only take one lens today" lens to compliment my Tamron 28-75mm.  I tried the 24-120 f/4 as a possible indoor/outdoor solution....and it was very good, but it was not quite as sharp as the Tammy (especially away from center) and it actually focused slower than the Tammy (non BIM) on my D600.  So I'm going to try an 2 zoom setup with the Tammy for indoor only work and the Nikon 28-300mm for everything else.

My big question is about focus breathing... I have read a lot about this lens having excessive focus breathing... however some way it only really hurts you if you need to shoot very small objects like birds/flowers, etc.  I never really shoot such things... only people.... headshots or head/shoulder shots, etc.

So my question is if I really only need it for those types of shots, can the 28-300mm get tight enough in most cases?  I'd say my normal shooting distances outside are 15-50 feet if I had to guess.

Ken Rockwell (I know... please don't kill me : ) said something that might speak to this:

" still shoots tight enough to fill the FX frame with something 3 x 4.5 inches (77x115mm) at the indicated 300mm setting.."

If I'm interpreting what he's saying, perhaps the focus breathing would not be a huge issue for me(??)

Thanks all.

 ohcello's gear list:ohcello's gear list
Panasonic LX100 Nikon D610 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR +2 more
Nikon D600
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