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Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
8.6 out of 10

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

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (5.3x) The Ni Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

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Overall 6
6.0

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".
  • Pros: Easy To Use
  • Cons: Unacceptable Image Qualit
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Overall 6
6.0

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.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Good zoom range, Modern Design, Nikon System
  • Cons: Not A Great Lens
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Overall 6
6.0

Good lens- not the best lens

ghoward1, B&H Photo
3 May 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent Lens

John SK, B&H Photo
12 October 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Durable, Easy To Use
  • Cons: Poor Autofocus
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Overall 6
6.0

Not bad for what it does, but not great.

Richard Harris, B&H Photo
12 July 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
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Overall 6
6.0

maybe I put too many hopes on this lens.

SACO, buydig.com
30 September 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Easy To Use
  • Cons: Too expensive
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Overall 6
6.0

Good all purpose lense

Tim, B&H Photo
31 May 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Easy To Use
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

sharpdart, Adorama
20 May 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

A mixed bag

Whitefang, B&H Photo
4 December 2010
  • 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.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Lightweight
  • Cons: Limited effective zoom, Two good f stops
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Overall 6
6.0

Expectations Higher than Lens Delivered

Bathurst 2795, B&H Photo
21 November 2010
  • 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
  • Cons: Low Light Shots, VR not that functional
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