Nikon 28-300 Review

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The Nikon 28-300mm is a must have lens!

The Nikon 28-300 Lens

This is just a placeholder for my upcoming review. But in the meantime, people always ask, why did you buy it? Here are my quick answers:

  • It is full frame, and not like the unfortunately cropped DX 18-200 lens
  • I shoot so many daytime / sunrise / sunset landscapes — the range of this lens from 28-300 is amazing
  • I really dislike changing lenses all the time.  This should do everything that 2-4 of my old lenses used to do… and no need to swap all the time!
  • This saves me space in my bag.  This one lens now will replace my 28-70 and my 70-200.  That’s pretty amazing!
  • Some photo-snobs complain about the sharpness of the lens. I don’t see it so much. For example, look at my shot of San Francisco below… plenty sharp for me!
  • Note this lens is particularly ideal for me because I shoot on a tripod a lot, which means I don’t care if the f-stop is not so great. Handheld is fine in the daytime, but at night, you’ll really need a tripod for a clean photo.

Interim Field Tests (pending the full review)

So far, the lens has been incredible. I use this plus my 14-24 quite a bit. It has been very solid, focused extremely fast, and the flexibility is incredible.  In fact, it’s so flexible, I’m still getting used to it…  I keep saying to myself, “I forgot I could zoom in so far!”

Nikon 28-300 Lens Photo Examples

Below are some sample photos from the lens… I’ll add more as time goes on!

Nikon 28-300 Review

Above:  The Most Beautiful Road in the World (Queenstown to Glenorchy) — Shutter 1/30; f/5.6; 44mm; ISO 100

Magical Fog in San Francisco over the Golden Gate BridgeI recently drove across the bridge and up this little mountain road to try to find this shot. I started driving up a road I knew well, but it was closed. Closed! So I parked, got out my tripod, and hiked about a mile up this hill to get to this spot. It was a very cool night, but there was some strange inversion happening. Almost anywhere I stood on the side of the hill was a stead hotel-room 72-degrees. And there was zero wind. It was a perfect night, and just when I arrived, the fog really started pouring over the bridge, so I set up for this shot...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

HDR Photo

Nikon 28-300 Review

Above:  A Peaceful Farm in Gibbston – Shutter 0.7s; f/5.6; 28mm; ISO 100

Nikon 28-300 Review

Above: Sheep on the way to Paradise, NZ — f/5.6; 70mm; ISO 100

High Dynamic Range Photo

The winter lake in the evening — f/4.8; 28mm; ISO 100

More Example Photos

To show you how much I like this lens and the range of the thing at the same time, here are two photos I grabbed while visiting the space shuttle. I’ll let you figure out which one was at 28mm and which one was at 300mm.

The Mighty Rocket Awaits Today I had a great day at NASA.  I've come back to the space coast in Florida to see the space shuttle Endeavor blast off, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.Around noon, I was invited out with a group of other Twitter peeps to see the RRS Rollback event.  This is the slow-motion but exciting time when they peel away to the Rotating Service Structure to reveal the shuttle.  It was so awesome that I almost forgot to send a tweet. - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at stuckincustoms.com.

The Mighty Rocket Awaits Today I had a great day at NASA. I’ve come back to the space coast in Florida to see the space shuttle Endeavor blast off, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.Around noon, I was invited out with a group of other Twitter peeps to see the RRS Rollback event. This is the slow-motion but exciting time when they peel away to the Rotating Service Structure to reveal the shuttle. It was so awesome that I almost forgot to send a tweet.Here you can see a zoom in I took at 300mm. It shows one of the workers on the scaffolding making some final preparations for the launch.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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