New Gear: Nikon 28-300mm all-in-one lens

New Gear – Nikon 28-300mm Lens

Lately I’ve been taking a second, and third look through my gear–photo and lighting gear–trying to decide what and if to sell and/or replace old lenses and whatnot. I’ve looked at what I thought I’d like to photograph years ago and what I used to photograph more, and the kind of photograph I’ve been doing more recently.

After much consideration and research, I’ve decided to go ahead and buy an all-in-all lens. I opted for Nikon 28-300mm and I did buy it from B&H. I would have loved to get a Tamron 150-600mm lens, but then I’d also like to have the option offered by a wider-angle lens. As I photograph mostly portraits and editorials, and events, and as I’m trying to stay within a budget, compromises have to be made.

So, the Nikon 28-300mm fits my needs, for now at least. It offers the possibility of some wide-angle shots, as well as closer shots. And I can get a telephoto adapter to make those lunar shots even tighter.

And so, the other day I took a stroll on the waterfront to test out my new lens. And it did not disappoint.

Here are a few images taken with the Nikon 28-300mm:

Lower Manhattan at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Lower Manhattan at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald. Shot hand-held with a Nikon 28-300 lens at 28mm focal length.

Lower Manhattan at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Lower Manhattan at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald. Nikon 28-300mm at 50mm.

Lower Manhattan at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Lower Manhattan at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald. Photographed hand-held with a Nikon 28-300mm at 100mm.

Lower Manhattan at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald. Photographed hand-held with a Nikon 28-300mm at 300mm focal length.

A few things to mention about the Nikon 28-300mm lens, at first inspection and after the first test photo shoot:

– it’s not extremely expensive yet, at almost $1,000, taking into consideration the quality and all that it does, I think it’s worth the money; by the way, it takes a 77mm (UV) filter

– it’s not the lightest lens either, weighing at almost a kilo (800g or 1.76lb); that’s why wearing a wrist band does help (and, of course, since June is Pride Month, I show off my rainbow wrist bands 🙂 all year round, but in particular in June)

– yes, it does have a variable aperture f/3.5-5.6

– the lens hood doesn’t lock in easily; one really has to press on it to lock it in place so it won’t fall off, while trying not to damage it; the task requires some getting used to, at least at first try; it does get easier

– zooming in/out could be a tad smoother, but that said, there are no complaints; again, I think it falls into the category ‘getting used to’

– Nikon 28-300mm is, after all, an all-in-one lens, great for travel, in particular when one has to travel light and to pack as little gear as possible

Here are a few more images from the other day, all (images in this post) taken from Jersey City waterfront:

Midtown Manhattan and the Pier. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Midtown Manhattan and The Pier. Photo by Alina Oswald. Photographed hand-held from a Jersey City pier right across Lower Manhattan, with a Nikon 28-300mm at 135mm.

Midtown Manhattan and the Pier. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Midtown Manhattan and the Pier. Photo by Alina Oswald. Photographed hand-held zoomed in at 300mm from the same location as above. Image slightly cropped out in post, for better composition.

Luckily for me, I’ve gotten the Nikon 28-300mm lens just in time to be able to capture a (closer) shot of the Katyn Memorial against the wide building (on the Manhattan side of the river) at sunset, while the memorial is still there, on the waterfront. Until now, I didn’t really have a long enough lens.

Katyn Memorial against Manhattan Skyline at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Katyn Memorial captured against Manhattan Skyline at Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Katyn Memorial photographed at sunset. A close-up. Photo by Alina Oswald.

 

A few days after this first test shoot with a Nikon 28-300mm, I’ve done a few more shoots and test shoots (photos to follow) and I’m getting used to the lens (and its weight). So far, so good.

Thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

  1. What an amazing statue. You have captured it very nicely in these and in your photo at the link.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. It means a lot. I do like that statue, too. Appreciate it!

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