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Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
25 July 2011
  • Excerpt: With an effective zoom range of 24-127.5mm on Nikon APS-C cameras, this lens is generous at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends of the scale. Despite this, it's surprisingly compact and sturdily built. Extras include a petal-shaped lens hood and soft pouch.
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Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens

The Digital Picture
1 January 2010
  • Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
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REVIEW: Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens Review

photodo
19 November 2009
  • Excerpt: This all purpose zoom for Nikon DX format SLR cameras provides an angle of view equivalent to a 24-127mm lens on a 35mm camera and costs around £450. It also sports Nikon's latest vibration reduction system and a silent wave focusing motor.
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Overall 9
8.9
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Nikon AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX

What Digital Camera
12 October 2009
  • Excerpt: With a second-generation VR system and handy focal range, is this the ideal all-purpose lens for Nikon DX-format bodies?
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Overall 8
8.2

Nikkor AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Camera Labs
1 April 2009
  • Summary: The Nikkor DX 16-85mm VR is another quality general-purpose zoom for owners of DX-format Nikon bodies. It delivers a useful 24-128mm equivalent range covering most day-to-day situations, while including effective Vibration Reduction to counteract camera shake. The lens feels solid and confident in use, with a metal mounting and rubber sealing taking it beyond kit models. Focusing is fairly quick and quiet and there’s a window showing distance markings.
  • Pros: Flexible range with 24mm wide-angle., Effective Vibration Reduction., Relatively quick and quiet SWM focusing., Metal lens mount with rubber sealing.
  • Cons: Telephoto shorter than some kit zooms., Barrel shadow at 16mm with popup flash., DX 18-200mm VR available at similar price., Reports of undesirable bokeh around 50mm.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Review

ePHOTOzine
22 September 2011
  • Excerpt: This all purpose zoom for Nikon DX format SLR cameras provides an angle of view equivalent to a 24-127mm lens on a 35mm camera and costs around £450. It also sports Nikon's latest vibration reduction system and a silent wave focusing motor.
  • Pros: Very useful zoom range for general purpose photography, Vibration reduction, Very sharp at 16mm, Internal focusing
  • Cons: Drop off in resolution as the lens is zoomed (although the performance is still good), Occasional squeaking from the focusing motor on the tested sample
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Overall 7
7.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Overall quality 7
7.0
Build quality 6
6.0

Nikkor AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR - Review / Test Report

photozone.de
9 October 2009
  • Conclusion: Despite some shortcomings the Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX is still one of the best standard zooms available for Nikon crop cameras. It is very sharp throughout the range although there could be a little less field curvature (curved focus field) at 16mm. The level of distortion and lateral CAs is comparatively moderate for such a lens (still a bit high in absolute terms).
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AF-S DX 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

LensTip.com
2 October 2009
  • Conclusion: How could you sum up our test? It is not easy at all as our feelings are mixed. On the one hand the lens’s focal lengths range is very universal, giving us a wide angle of view. On the other hand, though, the lens is not fast enough. The competitors, like the Zeiss 16-80 mm and the Olympus 12-60 mm, although more expensive, have also significantly more to offer.
  • Cons: frame edge image quality should have been better at maximum aperture,, too high chromatic aberration at the extremes of the focal lengths range,, high distortion at the widest angle,, visible coma,, high vignetting,, average work against bright light.
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Overall 7
7.3
Value for money 8
8.0
Overall quality 8
8.0
Build quality 6
6.0

Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3-5-5.6G ED VR DX - Review / Test Report

photozone.de
31 October 2008
  • Conclusion: Despite some shortcomings the Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX is probably still the best DX standard zoom lens in Nikon mount to date. It is very sharp throughout the range although there could be a little less field curvature (curved focus field) at 16mm. The level of distortions and lateral CAs is comparatively moderate for such a lens (still a bit high in absolute terms). Vignetting is generally well controlled except at 16mm @ f/3.5. The rather slow max.
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Overall 8
7.6

Nikon 16-85 mm

camerastuffreview.com
1 January 2010
  • Summary: Partially because of in-camera correction of lens aberrations and the 24 megapixel senor of the Nikon D3200 , the Nikon 16-85 mm performs better in combination with the Nikon D3200 than with the Nikon D7000. The larger zoom range makes the Nikon AF-S DX 16-85 mm seem very interesting. The zoom range is 2 mm larger at the bottom, where every millimeter counts, than the zoom range of the Nikon 18-105 mm and the Nikon 18-55 mm .
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