I’ve read good reviews of the Nikon AF-S 70-300mm VR and some mixed reports of the Nikon 28-300mm VR. How do they compare in the 70-300mm zoom range?
Trevor Blackshaw, via email
Jason says… While a superzoom offers supreme versatility without the need to swap lenses on your camera, it can mean compromising on image quality. That’s particularly true of the 28-300mm VR (£750/$950). It produces pretty nasty distortions throughout its zoom range, and sharpness is lacklustre at the long end. In the 70-300mm zoom range, it’s much less sharp and alot worse for pincushion distortion than the 70-300mm VR (£400/$500).
Unlike Nikon’s new AF-P DX 70-300mm lens, the AF-S 70-300mm VR is full-frame compatible and combines excellent image quality with good handling, at a reasonable price. It was a clear winner in last month’s big test of budget telephoto zooms (Issue 67, page 114).