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