Reviews and Problems with Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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Easy to carry but not a great performer
Pete, B&H Photo
27 January 2015
Excerpt: Maybe it was just my copy, but I used this lens for a year and sold it. It resolved detail fairly well, but it didn't have the acutance to give images the kind of snap they need. Some would say it "wasn't crisp".
Excerpt: This suppose to be the best "normal" zook for DX Nikon. As I have compared it to my older 17-70 Sigma it does not appears to give better clarity, contrast and resolution I would even consider it slightly softer in comparison to Sigma.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good zoom range, Modern Design, Nikon System
Excerpt: On my D7100, I found this lens to fine for outdoor shooting. Indoors, it struggled with not just low light, but indoor light period. The pictures seemed dark and without much definition. I was most disappointed as other reviewers rate this lens quite highly.
Excerpt: This lens is well made with a solid metal camera mount. The photo quality is average and I would give it 3.5 stars if i could. Also when you have it fully zoomed it has a problem focusing on certain things (It just can't focus on my deer mount for some reason). This can be done manually though.
Excerpt: Nice zoom range, but overall I was unimpressed with the performance of this lens. f/5.6 seems awfully slow at 70-85mm and I found myself switching to my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 frequently, or even my Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR II.
Excerpt: thinking to use it with my new D7000 for all-around lens, not better than nikon 18-135mm, whitch I got with D80 kit, except the VR, It is a good quality built lens, but not justify the MSRP, so far slightly out of focus, but I'm working on it.
Excerpt: I bought this to replace a 18-70 that broke. I am not a pro and really don't have a lot of time to examine and compare but so far, this lens seems to produce sharp and clear images. The quality seems equall to the 18-70 which I knew was good for its price.
Excerpt: I bought the 16-85mm lens literally an hour before leaving for the airport for China last August. It replaced the kit lens for my D40 and did not disappoint in the least. Just a little extra wide and a little extra long. I came back with spectacular photos.
Excerpt: I use a D300. To get professional results you need to limit this lens to f5.6 and f8 - there is an unacceptable fall off in resolution above f8. For best results, you should also limit the lens to 35m-85m, although if necessary you can go down to 24m.
Excerpt: Used Lens as a general purpose walk about lens, previously owned a Tamron 17-50mm sp f2.8. Wanted a lens with VR, this is were my expectations dropped, you can't beat f2.8 for fast focus, sharpness and low light situations.
Pros: Easy To Use, Focal Range, Ideal for Camera Video, Lightweight, Solid Design