In my last trip with the Nikon D800E and a full set of lenses, I had to carry a very heavy camera bag, something I didn’t like at all. This time, I decided to only take two lenses with me, the 28-300mm and the 50mm f/1.4. This resulted in a much smaller and lighter bag which was very suitable for me.
The Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 is an all around travel lens. As a natural consequence, there are many compromises that have to be made in order to carry a 10x zoom focal length. On a camera like the D800E, these compromises are easily spotted when looking at the photos produced with this combo.
This a lens for your comfort, not for producing top notch image quality images. For the purpose it was made, I think it’s a great lens. And the images were much better than I expected. Using apertures of f/8 for example, its performance is good, and with the use of a tripod I can easily shoot at base ISO using apertures of f/8 or above (in this range you also have to be careful for diffraction on the D800E). For handheld shots, the image stabilisation is also very helpful.
A few observations from my experience with the 28-300.
At its wide end the quality is not up to my landscape standards. Also, it vignettes and if you add filters it gets worse. Lightroom lens correction can help here, but up to a certain point. For wide angle shots, next time I will also carry with me the 24mm f/2.8 prime, which is small and light and it’s performance is much better. Also at its long end, performance is diminishing, but that is to be expected. I rarely shoot at long focal lengths, so for the few times i will need it, I consider it to be OK.
Generally, this is a great travel lens for the times I want to travel without weight, and definitely a keeper for me.
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