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thoughts on nikon 28-300mm lens for D800
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Jul 22, 2018 15:12:04   #
rjrbigdog
 
who has this lens and what do you think?

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Jul 22, 2018 15:50:40   #
mharvey
 
Loved it when I was using the D700. After moving up to the 800 series, the increased resolution began to show the weaknesses of the lens.

Looking back at shots from the D700, sized to compare with the D850 I now use, it's almost embarrassing.

If all you plan to do is print or display smaller images, or not perform much cropping, you may be satisfied.
Try before you buy if at all possible.

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Jul 22, 2018 16:19:44   #
rjrbigdog
 
have a nikon 24-70mm and a 70-300mm (nikon) better to just stay with those and just change lenses as needed?

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Jul 22, 2018 16:28:37   #
GoofyNewfie (a regular here)
 
rjrbigdog wrote:
have a nikon 24-70mm and a 70-300mm (nikon) better to just stay with those and just change lenses as needed?


The 28-300 is a handy range, great for non-critical stuff (it was nice for a golf tournament where I wouldn’t be doing anything bigger than 8x10) but the copy I used has noticeably less contrast and not as sharp as the 24-70 or even the 24-120. The longer the zoom range, the more compromises you will likely encounter. You get what you pay for.

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Jul 22, 2018 17:08:14   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
28-300 is my favorite utility lens length for both Canon and Nikon and I have both. The Nikon lens isn't in the same league as the Canon but it's still a pretty good utility lens. I wouldn't use it for pro quality shots but for anything that's destined for small prints, under 8 x 10, or video screen, it does a pretty good job.

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Jul 22, 2018 17:26:06   #
rjrbigdog
 
So having a 24-70mm , 70-200mm both 2.8 and a 70-300mm all Nikon is better then just having one lens 28-300mm?

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Jul 22, 2018 18:39:06   #
mharvey
 
Image-Quality-Wise.....yes! But I wouldn't keep the 70-200 AND the 70-300.
Hold onto the one that is best, optically. If it's the 70-200, don't worry too much about the missing 100mm. The increase in resolution with the 800 series will allow cropping from the 200 with negligible quality loss.

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Jul 22, 2018 20:13:15   #
rjrbigdog
 
Will keep my 14-24, 24-70 And my 70-200 all 2.8.( holy trinity of lenses) just thought 28-300 would be a great walk around lens.

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Jul 22, 2018 20:44:12   #
Kmgw9v (a regular here)
 
rjrbigdog wrote:
Will keep my 14-24, 24-70 And my 70-200 all 2.8.( holy trinity of lenses) just thought 28-300 would be a great walk around lens.


I use the 28-300 for travel--those times that it is not practical to carry and change lenses.
At home, I prefer primes, and the Holy Trinity.

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Jul 22, 2018 20:46:50   #
jcboy3
 
rjrbigdog wrote:
who has this lens and what do you think?


Waste of good photons.

Get a P&S if you want Ultra Zoom.

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Jul 22, 2018 20:46:56   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
rjrbigdog wrote:
who has this lens and what do you think?


When you listen to many of the people who have bought this lens, it is usually stated in non-optical terms - great zoom range, handy, don't have to change lenses, etc etc etc. No one who uses this lens on a high MP full frame camera will talk about it's outstanding image quality for risk of being exposed as someone with low quality standards.

Buying this lens is like buying a car with three wheels - and I am not talking about the Isetta -

It only has halfway decent sharpness in the central part of the image - making it a better choice for a crop camera than a full frame camera. Even Nikon does not include it on it's list of recommended lenses for the D800. I wonder why?

http://d800.org/nikon-d800-and-d800e-recommended-lenses/

If someone gave me this lens for free, I'd say thanks, but no thanks.



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Jul 22, 2018 22:15:20   #
Kmgw9v (a regular here)
 
rjrbigdog wrote:
Will keep my 14-24, 24-70 And my 70-200 all 2.8.( holy trinity of lenses) just thought 28-300 would be a great walk around lens.


Many do consider the 28-300 to be a "great walk-around lens."

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Jul 22, 2018 22:47:11   #
mharvey
 
But that's all relative to your camera's resolution and what you intend to do with the images. If I was still using a 12mp camera and only shooting casual, family and vacation photos at 4X6 or 8X10 (without much cropping), I would (and did) consider it a "great walk-around lens".

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Jul 23, 2018 07:25:33   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
rjrbigdog wrote:
who has this lens and what do you think?


I have this lens and it is best outside on sunny days when you can stop it down a couple of stops. It is not a low light lens, just wasn't built that way.
But for a carry around lens, and a one lens on the camera all day, it works fine.
Remember, stop down a few stops and shoot at least at 1/focal length or faster and the lens will provide you with good images.
Caution, this is not a professional lens but provides good images for those that know what they are doing.
I still like my 18-200 better but on the D800 your file size will help out.
I shoot that lens on my D810 and like the results.

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Jul 23, 2018 07:30:20   #
Ballangrud
 
It is a great travel lens on my D810. Some will criticise it for not being a sharp lens, but it works fine for my needs as I do not plan on printing my photos in large formats.

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