Well, as the delivery is still some days away, let's get acquainted with the catalog data for this lens first:
The new lens compared to its DX-sibling 18-200 VR (unfortunately not on exactly the same scale, but you get the gist):
: 83x115 mm/3.3 x 4.5 in. = medium size, 18mm longer and 6mm wider than the 18-200mm Nikkor. The 70-300mm is another 28mm longer.
: 800 g/28.2 oz =
A little heavier than the 18-200mm zoom at 565 g/19.9 oz. Compare this to the Canon with 1670g (and 92x184mm) which is a real monster in comparison.
: 19 elements in 14 groups = 3 elements and 2 groups more than the 18-200. Both zooms have 2 ED-and 3 aspherical elements. One can see a lot of similarities between both lens-designs. See the 28-300 (left, first) compared to the 18-200 (right/second):
distance, max. magnification
: 0.5 m/1.6 ft. (throughout the entire zoom range) / 1:3.1
This is very practical for my type of work, although the working-distance from the front lens is only a meager 25cm. But the calculated shrink-factor is incredibly low at 0,31x (behaves like 90 mm lens at MFD). The 18-200 goes to 1:4.5 at 0.5m
: 77mm = standard
: YES, VRII = very good
just like the 18-200mm (or the 70-300mm), both have "normal" and "active" modes.
: AF-S with SWM (silent wave motor), so does work on D60/3000/5000-bodies
, manual-focus override by turning the focus ring
Standard with all modern Nikon lenses like th 18-200mm or 70-300mm
Covers full frame/FX
or smaller = good
the competition with the same focal range all cover FX, but the 18-200mm only covers DX
Comes with a standard soft lens-pouch
: around 850 EUR* = not cheap, but hey, it's a Nikkor! The 18-200mm is around 600EUR*, the 70-300mm is at 450EUR*.
are standard Nikon's
is relayed to the camera, so the Nikon body can do all the advanced exposure-related stuff with this lens
Standard with all modern Nikon lenses.
= no, just like all Nikon G-lenses
included and revertible for transport.
I figure that the heavier glass would let this zoom creep even faster than its 18-200mm sibling
: Yes, duo-cam design, just like the 18-200mm. Total length w/o lens-hood is 187mm (from bayonet)
Need a standard-zoom for my up-and-coming FX-body.
Over at Nikon-central
. I really was quite impressed with these.
AF 28-300mm 3.5-6.3 DG Asp IF Macro
, no focus-drive, MFD=0.50m, filterthread 62mm, 74x86mm, 490g, 200EUR* (seems to be discontinued)
AF 28-300mm 3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Asp IF Macro
18 elements in 13 groups, image-stabilization, built-in focus-drive, MFD=0.49m, max. magnification 1:3, filterthread 67mm, 78x99mm, 550g, 450EUR* (there is also a non-stabilized version for 330EUR*)
(3) shooting the Nikon
AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR in crop-mode
* all prices are street-prices in Germany/Austria incl. 19% VAT. For current prices in your country use the links on this page