If you follow me online you will know that I often say that the least important element in making a good image is the camera itself. The lens on the other hand is entirely different. I have also said many times that if you really want to invest money on a tool that will help you grow as a photographer, good glass makes a lot more sense than buying the latest and greatest camera body. Lenses come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the more popular types of lenses over the last few years is the “super zoom” such as the Nikon 28-300.
Back when I was shooting crop sensor camera bodies exclusively I had the Nikon 18-200 and I loved that lens. To this day I regret selling that lens, and considering that I still own 3 crop sensor bodies, I really wish I still had one. The beauty of these “super zoom” lenses is that you can cover the majority of focal lengths that you will need without having to carry around 2 or 3 different lenses. Of course there is a trade off in that they can exhibit quite a bit of distortion at their extremes, but that is easily corrected in post processing. Some people complain that they are not as sharp as other lenses, and while that might be true, it is still a very sharp lens as you can see in the above snapshot of the mailboxes near my driveway.
Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time to shoot with this new lens yet, other than the test shots that I have made around my yard, as my D600 is currently at Nikon to have the recently announced factory service bulletin performed on it.