A little background - My first 28-300 was the very first lens I ever bought for my first digital SLR, and it was a Sigma. I took a lot of good photos with it, and thought it was a fine lens. As time went on, I bought better glass, and started seeing the shortcomings in it. I eventually bought a full-frame camera, and decided I needed to upgrade my 28-300, as that range makes an excellent all-around lens for full-frame cameras. I realized that the Sigma was not so sharp, and had a decided yellow tinge to its photos. I really wanted this Nikon, but I just could not see spending a thousand dollars on it, so instead I got myself a Tokina for less than half the price. Well, that lens was a lot better than the Sigma, quite a bit sharper, no yellow cast, but after a while I was still disappointed, so I finally broke down and bought the lens I really wanted. Wow. It has exceeded ALL expectations I had. It is sharp, has no discernible color cast, and the VR is spectacular. Nikon advertises "up to a 4-stop" improvement, and they do not lie. I have shot photos outdoors, at night, under dim lighting, 70mm at 1/4 second hand-held, and they were sharp as a tack! Four-stop improvement indeed! The only reason I did not give it top marks for value - it costs a thousand dollars! Is it worth it? You bet! But unfortunately a lot of people cannot afford that. And that is too bad, because this lens is excellent. If this is the focal range you need, save your pennies, you won't be disappointed.
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