Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Zoom lens with Vibration Reduction for compatible Nikon SLR cameras

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Pair your Nikon SLR camera with this high-quality zoom lens to enjoy powerful telephoto shooting and a large, flexible zoom range. Its outstanding optical quality ensures sparkling-clear images of far-off subjects, and its ability to focus as close as 19 inches throughout its zoom range gives you amazing picture-taking versatility. The AF-S 28-300mm works with both Nikon DX and full-frame FX digital SLR cameras. You get an impressive 450mm ultra telephoto focal length when using it with a Nikon DX format digital camera, such as the D300s. With a full-frame digital camera, like Nikon's D700, you can capture creative compositions at the 28mm wide-angle setting.

Steady your hand-held shots
The lens has built-in Vibration Reduction so your photos will come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

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  • AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens
  • compatible with Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
  • 28-300mm with full-frame sensor (Nikon FX format) cameras
  • 42-450mm with APS-C sensor (Nikon DX format) cameras
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables handheld shooting at up to four shutter speeds slower for sharper photos and video capture
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens elements for superior optical performance
  • minimum focus distance: 19.2 inches throughout entire zoom range
  • rounded 9-blade diaphragm for more natural appearing out-of-focus image elements
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 19 elements in 14 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 77mm
  • lens is 3-1/4" in diameter, 4-13/16" long
  • weight: 28.2 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens pouch

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Features and Specs
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 28-300mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - 5.6 (T)
Weight 28.2 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration
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  • 28-300mm AF-S Nikkor lens
  • HB-50 lens hood
  • LC-77 Snap-on front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Soft lens pouch
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fren/Span/+ 11 other languages)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

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Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm, f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is a 10.7x zoom lens, ideal for travel, landscapes, portraits, and distant subjects. It is designed for use with FX/35mm format cameras, but has been optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the angle of view is reduced and equivalent focal length becomes approximately 42-450mm (see Specifications below).

Super Integrated Coating: Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.

ED Elements: Two built-in Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest available aperture.

Aspherical Lens Elements: The lens has 3 aspherical lens elements, which virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Internal Focus: Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.

Nikon VR II Image Stabilization: Engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, the Vibration Reduction II Image Stabilization enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible. Vibration Reduction is performed through a lens-shift method using voice coil motors (VCMs). In addition, Vibration Reduction has a Normal and Active Mode switch:

  • Normal Mode: The vibration reduction mechanism primarily reduces the effects of camera shake. The effects of camera shake are also reduced with horizontal and vertical panning.
  • Active Mode: The vibration reduction mechanism reduces the effects of camera shake, such as that which occurs when taking pictures from a moving vehicle, whether it be normal or more intense camera shake. In this mode, camera shake is not automatically distinguished from panning motion.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-50 bayonet-type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 2-7/16" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.

Zoom Lock: To prevent the lens from extending during transport, the Zoom Lock Switch secures the lens barrel at its minimum focal length.


  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Focal Length: 28-300mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 1.6' at all zoom positions
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22 at 28mm; f/5.6 to f/38 at 300mm
  • Lens Construction: 19 elements in 14 groups with 2 ED lens elements and 3 aspherical lens elements
  • Angle of View:
    • FX/35mm Format: 75° to 8°-10'
    • DX Format: 53° to 5°-20'
    • IX240 System: 63° to 6°-30'
  • Dimensions: Diameter=3.25", Length=4.791"-7.717" (w/o lens caps)
  • Weight: approximately 28.2 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

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5 out of 5

Great Nikon Zoom

Written By Jim, Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, May 19, 2013
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compared to my 24-120mm Nikkor the 28-300mm is light years ahead. Share at 300 and zoomed in to very small features
sharpness, zoom range
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5 out of 5

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Written By GKE, Madison AL on Saturday, November 10, 2012
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This lens does it all. I recently used it to record and take photos at my sons soccer games and the quality of the photos taken from a distance, was nothing less that exceptional. This is a must have lens, that gives you the best of near and far distance photos taken.
Photo quality and zoom/wide angle views.
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AF-S Nikkor 28-300

Written By RRRoger, Monterey Bay, California on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Mine is sharp end to end on my D800 I really like the range and seldom take it off the camera, and then only to use specialty lens like the 14-24, Sigma 8mm FishEye, or the longer 80-400. I
Compact with wide range.
Variable aperture and telescoping lens
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4 out of 5

Great FF Lens

Written By Lloyd G, Sterling Heights, MI on Sunday, April 15, 2012
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I haven't had a chance to use this lens a great deal yet, but from what I have seen I am very happy with the overall performance!
Great focal range, sharp, fast, accurate focus on my D800
None so far!
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1 question already asked

Thinking of buying this lens as an al purpose carry around lens .. worried about weight and length.. Looking for feedback from anyone who has one .. Rented 24-120 and liked it .. but this 1 is slightly heavier and longer ..? [ Rick  Apr 11, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • When using a telephoto lens you hold the lens for stability as well and the body of the camera. The extra weight does not bother me. The body of the camera is not a light cell phone camera. The extra focal length of he lens allows me to carry less lenses to make traveling with the camera lighter. The lens is fast and gives excellent results which to me is worth it. Remember you are getting twice the distance with this lens. My telephoto lens is a lot lighter, but now I can go from wide angle to a 300mm without having to change lenses and get great results at either end. [ AARON C   Apr 15, 2014 ]
  • Hi Rick, I bought the Nikkor 28-300 last year and I use it every day. Sure it is a bit heavier than other lenses but it is worth it. I have a D800 and it works great with it. Pictures are very sharp and beautiful colors close-ups are very good. Slightly slower than other lenses at times depending on the situation and settings but it is a great lens especially for the price and the range! Worth having. I am use to the weight and it doesn't bother me at all because I have a great range in one lens. I also have other lenses like a 50mm -1.4 for special occasions but I always keep the 28-300 on my camera. Great for travelling by the way. You will like it.... [ VIVIANA L   Apr 14, 2014 ]
  • I bought both lenses to test. 24-120 and 28-300 on D800. Sold 28-300. Way to heavy on the camera. 24-120 is a much better fit for walking around. [ Andrew   Apr 13, 2014 ]
  • Rick I have both. The 28-300 is about 1/2" longer, slightly narrower, and a hair heavier than the 24-120. There is little to choose between them size and weight so I would think it might depend on how much reach you want and whether you have FX or DX sensor. Both have been good carry around lenses for me, though I use them for different purposes. Phil [ PHILLIP   Apr 13, 2014 ]

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