Phoenix 28-300mm f/4.0-6.3 Autofocus Lens

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28-300mm f/4.0-6.3 Autofocus Lens

Phoenix Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 28-300mm f/4.0-6.3 Autofocus LensThe Phoenix AF 28-300mm lens is your do-it-all lens. If you have only one lens, this is the one to have. The incredible range gives you everything from wide vistas to cropped in telephoto shots for sports or perfect candids of wild animals.

The term hyperzoom or superzoom is used to promote photographic zoom lenses with unconventionally large focal length factors, typically more than 4 and ranging up to 15, e.g., 35 mm to 350 mm. The largest ratio for digital SLR cameras is held by the Tamron 18270 mm, giving 15. Some Digital Camera Review by Gene Wrights have even larger zoom ratios up to 35. For movie and television use, Panavision holds the record with their 300X HD Lens.

While superzoom lenses have improved greatly in recent years, they still have a number of drawbacks in comparison with shorter-range zooms and prime lenses. Most notable is the much increased likelihood of significant distortions of the image at both extreme ends of the range. Other potential problems include smaller maximum aperture and poorer autofocus performance

Following is a list of superzoom lenses, used for 135 format in SLRs or for APS format in DSLRs. The minimal factor used here is 5 or more. A 28200 mm has a 75 to 12.3 angle of view, a 28300 mm (or an 18200 mm for an APS DSLR) has an 11.1x 75 to 8.2


Cosina makes lenses which are rebranded for a lot of different companies including Phoenix, Promaster and Vivitar. This 28-300mm was the first of its class debuting in 1996. The extreme zoom range makes it an ideal lens for brightly lit outdoor situations like festivals, ceremonies, celebrations, and other events. It allows you to get most shots without having to switch lenses. The rather long minimum focusing of 6 feet even at the wide angle end does limit its use indoors, even with flash.

The maximum aperture of f/4-6.3 is only a tad slower then the usual 3.5-5.6 of shorter range 28-200mm zooms. With Iso 400 or even 800 print film in fair to good light, speed isn't really a problem. But trying to shoot at 300mm under overcast conditions handheld can possibly test your steadiness skills. The distortion on this lens is obvious even in small prints.

Avoid using it if you want serious straight lines on buildings and structures. This is not a killer lens. I wouldn't recommend it for serious shooters who use slide film, I consider it a "snapshot" lens.

This setup is convenient, inexpensive and allows for easy grabshots of whatever you might run into while on the street. The front element is a huge 77mm

28-300mm lenses as a class are often derided by serious photographers including advanced amateurs and pros. They do have a place despite their limitations (distortion, less overal sharpness then lower ratio zooms). This lens is okay for fun. If you want a superzoom with good optical quality (kind of an oxymoron), I'd recommend for those who have compatible systems (Nikon, Pentax K and most other manual focus mounts). For wealthy Canon EOS shooters there's the now discontinued 35-350mm L series and the new 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L series. Both are huge and expensive (over $1200 each) but are very sharp and of pro level quality.

There's also the second Sigma 28-300mm compact zoom with the 67mm filter.It focuses down to 3 feet or so at 28mm but is very sharp for its range. The sharpest of the 28-300mm class (not including the Canon L).

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Filter Size
f/Stop Range
4-16 (6.3 - 22)
Minimum Focus Distance
Zoom/Focus Control
Two-touch (push-pull)
Angle of View
75 to 8 Degrees
Tripod Collar
Maximum Diameter
1.22 lb

Lens Includes
Phoenix Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 28-300mm f/4.0-6.3 Autofocus Lens
Front & Rear Lens Caps
Lens Hood
6-Year Warranty


Phoenix Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 28-300mm f/4.0-6.3 Autofocus Lens

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