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:
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:
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.
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.
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