Overview of NIKON ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

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Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon has had a five-year hiatus in superzoom lenses for full frame cameras. The last model, before Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical from this review, was not very successful Nikon ED AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF Aspherical, which was produced for only two years, from 2003 to 2005. And so, in August 2010, Nikon introduced the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G lens, which became the record holder - it has the largest zoom ratio among all lenses for full-frame cameras in the series Nikon FX. The zoom ratio is as much as 10.71 X!

For reference: Canon released its monster-like CANON ZOOM LENS EF 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6L IS USM ULTRASONIC (with the same tenfold zoom) back in the summer of 2004. But Tamron managed to introduce his first AF 28-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical IF MACRO 185D back in 1999!

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical, view from the bayonet side

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Main technical characteristics of Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical 52070705
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - Lens designed for full frame Nikon FX cameras
  • AF-S (built in Auto Focus motor) - built-in focusing motor
  • G (Gelded) - no aperture control ring, focus distance transmission to the camera
  • ED (Extra low dispersion) - the use of special low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • AS (ASPHERICAL) - the use of special aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SWM (Silent wave motor) - silent wave (ultrasonic) focusing motor
  • IF (Internal focusing) - internal focusing
  • M / A (autofocus with manual override) - automatic focus mode with manual focus priority
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - special integrated enlightenment of optics
  • VR (Vibration Reduction with Normal / Active modes) - built-in image stabilizer with two modes of operation
  • Rubber basket (Rubber lens mount seal) - dustproof and waterproof mount seal
  • Highest zoom ratio for Nikon FX lenses
Front Filter Diameter 77 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 28-300 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 42-450 mm (!)
Zoom ratio 10.71 x
Designed by for Nikon FX full-frame digital cameras
Number of aperture blades 9 pieces
Labels focusing distance in meters and feet, focal lengths for 28, 35, 50, 70, 105, 200 and 300 mm, bayonet mount tag and lens hood mounts
Diaphragm from F/3.5@28mm to F / 22 @ 28mm and from F/5.6@300mm to F / 36 @ 30mm (on official website indicatedthat the aperture closes to F / 38 @ 300mm, but when checking on cameras Nikon D80, D700 install F / 38 was impossible)
MDF 0.5 m, maximal magnification factor 1: 3.1
The weight 800 g
Optical design 19 elements in 14 groups, 3 aspherical elements (aspherical elements are shown in blue in the optical diagram) and 2 ED elements (in yellow in the optical diagram). The image is clickable.

nikon-ed-af-s-nikkor-28-300-mm-3-5-5-6-g-swm-vr-if-aspherical-optical-scheme

Lens hood Nikon HB-50
Manufacturer country MADE IN THAILAND
Period From August 2010 to the present day (at least until 2017)
Cost:

Although Nikon waited a long time for the release of such a lens, it did it - it did it. Excluding minor flaws, the lens is pretty good.

Assembly

Production of Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G established in Thailand. To the touch it is pleasant and weighty, its weight is as much as 800 grams, and it surprises me who needs such a heavy lens with such a low aperture... The Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G uses large professional 77mm filters (superzoom has to be big!).

The focusing ring is plastic, and the zoom ring is rubberized. Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G has metal bayonet. The retractable lens trunk has two sections. The first (the one closer to the bayonet) is plastic, the second is metal. The sections are strong enough to the touch, without any backlashes.

There is a bayonet mount mark on the body and a mark for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a plastic hood HB-50, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the zoom ring is practically not lost. Typically Nikon Nikkor zoom lenses have focus and zoom rings in reverse order - the zoom ring is closer to the mount and the focus ring is closer to the front lens.

The Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G comes with a soft case CL-1120, and the lens itself comes in a small cardboard box with a characteristic Nikon coloring.

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

'LOCK 28' button

Frame (trunk) for Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G  spontaneously changes its size under its own weight (perhaps this only begins with time). For example, when the camera is tilted down, the lens trunk lengthens spontaneously (the focal length increases). To prevent such an unpleasant nuance from happening, there is a 'LOCK 28' (the so-called 'lock') focal length lock button on the lens barrel, which firmly locks the focal length at 28 mm.

To fix the trunk of the lens, you must first set the 28 mm focal length.

The button is conveniently located under the thumb of the left hand, so the lens can be quickly and comfortably removed from the lock before shooting.

Also, note that while changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'effect' of a vacuum cleaner, which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.

The effect of the vacuum cleaner on the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G is quite noticeable. At first, I even wanted to shoot a video where Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G could blow soap bubbles using this effect, but, unfortunately (or fortunately), the lens could not blow soap bubbles) :.

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Diaphragm

Diaphragm the lens consists of 9 rounded petalswhich form a fairly even hole. It's nice that Nikon did not stint on nine petals. Aperture range is available from F / 3.5-5.6 to F / 22-F / 36.

There are marks with a focal length on the zoom ring, the following is a list with the minimum numbers F available for these marks:

  • 28 mm - F / 3.5
  • 35 mm - F / 4.0
  • 50 mm - F / 4.5
  • 70 mm - F / 5.0
  • 105 mm - F / 5.3
  • 200 mm - F / 5.6
  • 300 mm - F / 5.6

It would be much better if aperture fell more linearly with increasing focal length from 28 to 300 mm. Apparently she was sacrificed for a large zoom ratio.

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical lens mode switches

Stabilizer

The Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G has a VR stabilizer (actually VR II - the second generation), which, according to the instructions, can compensate 3 stops by shutter speed (sometimes they write 'up to 4 stops'). In values excerpts this means you can shoot at shutter speeds 8 times slower than a lens without a stabilizer would require. But you just need to remember that the stabilizer is not a panacea, it can only sometimes help to achieve a sharp shot.

В Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G lens instructions 3 stops are indicated (measurements by Nikon), and on the official website 3.5 feet (measured by CIPA). In any case, the stabilizer works well.

To turn on / off the stabilizer on the lens there is a button 'VR ON / OFF'. The stabilizer can operate in two modes: 'Normal' and 'Active'.

'Normal' mode designed for most scenes and avoids movement when camera shake. Theoretically, the 'Normal' mode can still track the movement of the camera to create panoramas.

Active Mode most suitable for shooting when the camera can not only shake, but also move in different directions. Most often, it is advised to use this mode when shooting in motion.

When working with the lens, I noticed that the stabilizer works much better in the 'Active' position, which is why I recommend leaving it in this position. The gimbal itself works well. I was able to take pictures without blur and great effort at 300 mm focal length and 1/40 second (example).

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Designations on the lens housing Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Focusing

Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G focuses quite quietly thanks to 'SWM'-motor (Silent Wbird Motor - quiet wave motor) and refers to the lens'AF-S'type (with built-in motor focusing), and therefore it will automatically focus on any Nikon digital SLR camera.

Auto focus speed is average, but sufficient for most tasks. On my cameras Nikon D80, D700 lack of tenacity of focus, especially in the range of 100-300 mm focal length. In this range, the lens often loses the subject and re-focuses. This is most likely due to low aperture lens, since F / 5.6 is the limit for focus sensors my cameras. With other cameras, the lens may behave differently.

During focusing, the front and rear lenses remain stationary, as the lens uses internal focusthat is indicated on the case by the letters'IF'-'Iinternal Focus' - 'Inner Focus'. The front lens does not rotate while zooming. It is possible to use any filters without problems.

The minimum focusing distance is only 50 cm, while you can shoot Macro with 1: 3.1 magnification (i.e., the subject will be projected onto the camera’s matrix very large). This is a very good magnification factor for this kind of lens. The lens hood does not interfere with work when shooting small items. Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G has a window with a scale of distances in meters and feet. IPIG scale no.

Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G suffers greatly from the 'Focus Breathing' effect - changing the angle of view while focusing. At a 300 mm focal length, when focusing towards the MDF, the angle of view expands, and on the MDF it becomes equal to the angle of view of a lens with an effective focal length of about 150 mm.

On the lens housing you can find focus switch 'M / A - M'. In the 'M / A' position, auto focus works with constant manual focus priority. The 'M / A' mode is very convenient and useful - for manual focusing or focus correction, you do not need to additionally switch the lens to the 'M' mode.

Nuance: at work, I noticed one little thing that does not affect the work with the lens very well. The bottom line is this - to slightly shift the focus ring, you need to 'tear it off'. At the same time, smooth focusing is lost, since after such a “jerk” the ring flies over the desired value. The effort is not so big, but such a “slightly twitchy” method of focusing is very annoying during manual focusing. There is a similar effect on many other lenses, most pronounced on Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical... And even worse - the focus ring has small lag, which is most pronounced when the rotation starts in the opposite direction. During automatic focusing, these drawbacks do not appear, but during manual focusing, they are very unnerving.

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical with hood

Compatibility and Features

The Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G is primarily designed for Nikon FX full-frame cameras, but no one forbids it to be used on Nikon DX cameras, where its EGF is 42-450 mm. It can be said that the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G is a full-frame analogue of the cropped Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical.

Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G will work without problems on any Nikon digital SLR camera.

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical with hood

Image quality

Surprisingly, as for a superzoom, Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G shows very good image quality. First of all, good sharpness in the center of the frame at any focal length is surprising. The lens is resistant to flare, it is rather difficult to catch glare, but it is possible. Like most 'dark' zoom lenses, the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G has good contrast.

Among the shortcomings, I would single out the usual problems for this kind of lenses - strong distortion, especially at 28 mm and chromatic aberration, as well as low sharpness at the edges of the frame. Modern cameras can automatically correct distortion and HA... The Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G drawing (if it can be called a drawing) fully corresponds to that of a dark super-zoom. If we ignore a trifle, the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G produces not excellent, but good picture.

You can download RAW source files at this link (77 files in the .'NEF 'format, 1 GB). All photos were shot using protective filter Kenko UV 77mm JAPAN (part of the highlights in the photo from this filter). Photos in previews with Nikon D80 - on-camera JPEG, with Nikon D700 - developed RAW.

Nikon ED AF-S rams NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical rams and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

My experience

I used the lens for about a week, even took it to a wedding, where I tried to shoot a report with it. As a result, it turned out that for reporting shooting he lacks neither speed nor tenacity of focus.

After Tamron AF 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 [IF] Macro A20 Aspherical LD ​​XR DI VC Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G seems to be just a fairy tale. But still, the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G is too heavy to be a versatile everyday lens. It’s better to have a lighter and more compact whale. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5G ED VR SWM IF Asphericalthan to rush with this monster.

It is often said that the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G can be an excellent lens for traveling, but it seems to me that few amateur photographers like to constantly carry a heavy full-frame camera with them, and even an almost kilogram lens.

For almost the same price of one Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G, you can take a good Nikon 70-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR along with good Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5G ED VR SWM IF Aspherical. Of course, for those who are crazy about superzoom, the Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G will be sweeter than any other alternatives.

The offer to use Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G constantly, I personally do not cause much enthusiasm. I would not buy such a super-zoom as a station wagon for every day.

Front lenses of Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM front lens (right)

Front lenses of Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical lenses and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM (right)

Prices

Current prices for NIKON ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical can look at this linkor in the price block:

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

List of all autofocus hyper-zooms 28-300 mm

Tamron / Promaster

  1. Tamron AF 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO model A185D
  2. Tamron AF 28-300mm 1: 3.8-6.3 LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO model A285D, The optical design is identical to the Tamron A185D.
  3. Tamron AF Aspherical XR LD [IF] 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Macro model A06
  4. Tamron AF Aspherical XR DI LD [IF] 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Macro model A061, The optical design is identical to the Tamron A06.
  5. Tamron AF Aspherical XR DI LD [IF] 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 VC Macro model A20. With stabilizer.
  6. Tamron PZD Di 28-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Piezo Drive VCModel A010. With stabilizer.
  7. Promaster Spectrum 7XR AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Macro, copy of Tamron A06
  8. Promaster Spectrum 7XR EDO AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 Macro, copy of the model Tamron A061

Sigma / quantaray

  1. SIGMA ZOOM 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DL HYPERZOOM (black or silver color of the case), ø72
  2. Sigma COMPACT HYPERZOOM 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3, ø67
  3. SIGMA ZOOM 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 MACROø62
  4. SIGMA ZOOM 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DG MACROø62
  5. Quantaray 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 LDO Multi-Coated, ø72, copy of SIGMA ZOOM 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 DL HYPERZOOM
  6. Quantaray 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3 LDO Multi-Coated, ø67, copy of Sigma COMPACT HYPERZOOM 28-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3

Tokina / others

  1. Tokina AF 28-300mm 1: 4.0-6.3 ø77 JAPAN (black or silver color of the case), model Tokina 283 AF
  2. Vivitar Series 1 28-300mm 1: 4.0-6.3 MC Auto Focus Zoom JAPAN ø77 (black or silver color), copy of Tokina 283 AF
  3. Cosina 28-300 mm 1: 4.0-6.3 MC lens mde in Japan ø77 (black or silver color), copy of Tokina 283 AF
  4. PHOENIX 28-300mm 1: 4.0-6.3 AF ZOOM ø77 MADE IN JAPAN (black or silver case color), copy of Tokina 283 AF
  5. EXAKTA 28-300mm 1: 4.0-6.3 MC MADE IN JAPAN ø77 (black or silver body color), copy of Tokina 283 AF
  6. Promaster Spectrum 7 28-300mm 1: 4.0-6.3 MC LENS MADE IN JAPAN ø77 (black or silver body color), a copy of Tokina 283 AF. There may be other copies of the Tokina 283 AF.

Nikon & Canon

  1. Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical, with a stabilizer.
  2. Canon ZOOM LENS EF 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6 L IS USM, with a stabilizer.

The names of the lenses are indicated according to the inscriptions on their body. Do you know similar lenses or any useful information on them - please add it to the comments. To this list, I would also add a similar lens with 10x zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras - Sony FE 3.5-6.3 / 24-240mm OSS.

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

List of all Nikon FX 28-XXX autofocus lenses:

The catalog of modern universal lenses for Nikon can be see here.


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Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

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Results

Nikon ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical is a large and heavy super zoom for full frame cameras. Sharpness, contrast, stabilizer, macro photography and assembly are good news. Weight and price upset. Theoretically, such a lens can replace a huge optics park. But this is only theoretically, anyway, but from Nikon 28-300 / 3.5-5.6G it will not be possible to achieve a large aperture, which is inherent in other lenses.

UPDATE: On February 6, 2014, a good lens like this was presented - Tamron PZD Di 28-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Piezo Drive VC Model A010.

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Comments: 143, on the topic: Review of NIKON ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical

  • Victor

    I bought myself a Nikon D610 with 24-85, before that I traveled with a Canon 760D and 4 lenses in a set.
    Now two can get into this bag, a separate bag is needed for the TV set or a chumadan on wheels. All the same, he turns out to be more convenient than a television set, wrapped it on the camera, and in the bag he took a portrait and ayda. Thanks for the review, there is very little information on it on the network.

    • kolodiazniy

      And what does 24-85 have to do with it?

  • Vadim

    Thank you colleagues for your opinions. The other day, a comrade will send me as unnecessary (switched to Fujik) to me such a lens. I look forward to poyuzat.

  • Oleg

    normal glass! I use it a lot on trips. very comfortable!

  • Lev

    Dear Arkady Shapoval, as you write, a lens for full-length cameras. Can I use it on a small format camera or on a half format? Thanks.

    • Michael

      This is a typo) this is a small format lens

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Fixed

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

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  • Konstantin

    Tell me which of these lenses to choose on the nikon d5200, NIKON ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical or Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G VR IF SWM. The task is to photograph concerts from the hall, there is no way to move around the hall. There is a whale and a portrait of nikkor 50mm with you, the focus is not enough.

    • Michael

      70-300, if as a telephoto

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Better 70-300

      • Konstantin

        Thank you very much

  • Konstantin

    Hello! Do not tell me why when I photograph in raw format, after processing in lightroom or in Photoshop and export to jpg srgb, the picture in normal viewing is loaded. 1-2 seconds and then small details will be drawn. And upload them to VK or Yandex disk, so the quality is generally terrible.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      because of a slow computer / Internet connection and because of interpolation (a picture, conventionally of 50 megapixels, is compressed for display on the display, to a conditional 1 MP, the compression / display algorithm spoils everything)

      • Konstantin

        And with what resolution to upload photos to social networks without losing quality?

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