Reviews and Problems with Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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Nikon AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX Review
What Digital Camera
30 March 2011
Summary: If you hunt around you should be able to find this lens for around £400 to £500. Even the higher price is a fair figure but at the lower end of the range this is almost too good a bargain to miss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3-5-5.6G ED VR DX - Review / Test Report
17 March 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.