Reviews and Problems with Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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Not a superior lens
Perry1z, B&H Photo
14 October 2013
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. Overall good but not outstanding lens I have expected.I tried another sample of the same lens with similar results.
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. I had to send it back and go a different direction especially for indoor without flash applications.
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. Overall i like the lens but it could be better. I wanted something well built and solid so it doesn't break and this meets those requirements.
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. And I have the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 so on the wide end I found myself switching to that. Consequently, I find myself using this for family get togethers more for snapshots with a flash... and for that the Nikkor 18-55 vR lens is a better option.
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. I gave 3 out of 5 only because I have nothing other to compare it with.
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. There is a sharp fall off in resolution below 24m. The lens also tends to under expose by 1/3 of a stop compared to my 24m-70m 2.8 - which is a much better lens overall, but big, heavy, expensive and lacks VR.
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. Sold this lens within a month of ownership, now bought Carl Zeiss 85mm f1.4 and a Nikon 20mm f2.8 (own a Nikon 50mm f1.8) prime lense rather than focal range lens.
Pros: Easy To Use, Focal Range, Ideal for Camera Video, Lightweight, Solid Design
Excerpt: This lens was an upgrade from a kit 18-55 vr lens. After reading many reviews on the internet, I had high expectations. Unlike most of the glowing reviews, mine will be a bit tempered. I've had the camera about a month, and used on one vacation trip in addition to normal, local shooting. While super sharp under sunrise/sunset type lighting, full on day had significant lens flare. And quite frankly, the 18-55 vr lens worked equally if not better for taking sharp pictures.
Excerpt: This has been my everday lens since I switched to Nikon 18 months ago. I love the shots that I get with this lens and my D90. The only issue I have had is my lens is now in for its second repair for the same thing. The zoom sticks and the focus ring also sticks, to the point that sometimes you can't turn them. Maybe I just have a bad copy of the lens, because my other nikon lenses are fine.